All set for Inniskeen Road July Evening

All set for Inniskeen Road July Evening
Gene Yore gene.yore@dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat

The Inniskeen Road July Evening Festival with a 1916 perspective will take place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July.

Padraig Pearse was in Inniskeen in 1915 when three young men, Donnelly, Quinn and Ross were unjustly imprisoned and there was land agitation and rumours of conscription.

Pearse, MacDonagh and Plunkett were published poets. Their poems will be remembered forever., just like Kavanagh’s and Thomas MacDonagh translated the local Irish song, An Bonnan Bui into English.

So there are plenty of connections between Inniskeen and the Rising.

People will dress in period costume for the festival, ride High Nellies, and walk the Kavanagh Trail.

There will be re-enactments, poetry, music, dancing. There will be a contingent of the Irish defence forces present and United Nations veterans.

There will be walking, cycling, songs, recitation and dance and viewing Kavanagh Country. There will be lashings of tea and traditional brack and then back to the village for a barbecue at the Community Centre.

Then there will be more entertainment on the Trail with music from Owen-Joe McGahon and re-enactments from Kavanagh’s Green Fool and Tarry Flynn.

The programme begins on Saturday 9 July at 1.30pm with a Children’s Art Workshop at the Round Tower.

It will include Inniskeen through the ages, a guided walk of the village with well-known historian Larry McDermott.

There will be a High Nelly cycle through Kavanagh Country when you can visit a 1920’s kitchen for tea, craic and music. And a dance in the social club.

Sunday will include Dublin Brigade Irish Volunteers’ Exhibition. Music and poetry of Pearse, MacDonagh, Plunkett, Ledwidge, and Peadar Kearney.

United Nations Army Veterans. Unveiling of Memorial Plaque to Inniskeen Volunteers. A Walk to Mucker Road and in the footsteps of Pearse.