Éamonn Ceannt Commemoration
Trip to Ballymoe

Ballymoe, Co. Galway / Thursday 16 June at 7pm / Admission FREE

Éamonn Ceannt one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of Independence was a founder member of the Irish Volunteers in 1913 and was in command of the 4th Battalion of same at the South Dublin Union during the Easter Rising in 1916. After surrendering with honour he was sentenced to death by military court martial and was executed in Kilmainham Gaol on the 8th of May 1916.

Éamonn Ceannt was born on the 21st of September 1881 in the village of Ballymoe on the banks of the river Suck, Co. Galway. Ironically he was born in an R.I.C. barracks, his father James being the local constable. He left Galway at a young age, his father being stationed in Ardee in Co. Louth in 1883 and later in Dublin. Although he left Galway at a young age Ceannt always took great pride in letting people know he was a Galwegian and spent all of his holidays in the county at first learning and later teaching Irish and the pipes.

Éamonn Ceannt was a significant figure in the Gaelic Revival of the early 1900s. He worked tirelessly with Conradh Na Gaeilge and Cummann Na bPíobairÍ to revitalise Irish culture during this period. He was an excellent musician who played fiddle, flute, whistle, uilleann and war pipes. His passion for the Irish language and Irish traditional music, in particular piping, were central to his belief in a nationalist future for Ireland. As co-founder of Cummann Na bPíobairí along with Edward Martyn of Tulira, Co. Galway and as its secretary for a 12 year period he made a major contribution to the revival of interest in the playing of our national instrument. His wife Áine O’Breannan was treasurer of the organisation during this period. This work is carried on to this day by Na Píobairí Uilleann the organisation which evolved from Eamonn Ceannt’s original club.

This event will feature a short commemoration at the old barracks followed by a parade through the village by the Ullapool Pipe Band from Scotland and a recital by the Éamonn Ceannt Quartet on Uilleann pipes at the Fr. Flannagan Memorial Centre. The quartet was specially formed for the occasion by Tommy Keane current chairman of Na PíobairÍ Uilleann.

Pleas note that this event will now take place at 7pm and not 6pm as published in the programme.

The event is organised by the Galway Sessions Festival and is sponsored by Tripart Ltd. and funded by  the Highland Council , Scotland, Galway City Council and Galway County Council.

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