The P.H. Pearse Society Galbally-Cappagh erected their Irish Republic billboard at Galbally crossroads which informed local people of Republic Day.
On the 24th of April 1916 the Provisional Government proclaimed ‘the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State’ and declared ‘the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies’. With these words the Irish Republic was born.
Cars were leafleted at Altmore, Aughnagar, Galbally and Donaghmore chapels with ‘Republic Day’ and ‘One Ireland One Vote’ leaflets. The leaflet drop was designed to inform local people of Republic Day and how 99 years later Republicans remain active in pursuit of an Irish Republic as that declared by Padraig Pearse on the plinth of the GPO.
On the eve of Republic Day, Irish Republic flags were erected at 5 locations surrounding the area; ‘the flag of Ireland fluttered out upon the breeze’.
On Republic Day itself some of our Cumann members made their way to Coalisland for the main Republic Day Commemoration, gathering beforehand at our billboard for a quick photograph.
This should be a national day of events – with the Irish Republic flag flown – a day for us all to rededicate ourselves to the Republic declared on the plinth of the GPO in 1916.
‘Life springs from death and from the graves of patriot men and women spring living nations’