CAHCS Heritage Week Event 2009
On Sunday evening 30th August 2009 at 6:30pm a monument was unveiled at Kinneigh by Brian Crowley M.E.P. to commemorate the extraordinary life of Ricard O’Sullivan Burke. Despite the inclement weather conditions a sizable crowd attended. CAHCS chairman Colum Cronin welcomed everybody & introduced the special guests.
Seamus O’Donoghue spoke in fascinating detail on the life of Ricard who was born in 1838, just a short distance from Kinneigh. (Seamus & Mary Lynch co-wrote a book entitled “O’Sullivan Burke, Fenian”) Mary Lynch explained her reasons for erecting this monument in memory of her great grand-uncles Ricard (& Morgan) O’Sullivan Burke. Brian Crowley M.E.P. spoke words of praise for Mary & Seamus for their literary achievements & in particular for Mary’s efforts which culminated in the erection of this monument. As Brian performed the unveiling he said; “May all who pass here be inspired by the history, and may all who stand here recognise the greatness that’s before us” A piper played a lament, followed later by the National Anthem, while the tricolour fluttered in the rainy breeze beside a green harp Fenian Flag.
Everybody was invited to An Caipín for refreshments where, amid welcome cups of tea & coffee, tales of old & new were exchanged in jovial banter.
Brian Crowley’s speech:
Seamus O’Donovan’s and Mary Lynch’s speeches: