Date(s) - 08/05/2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Opposite St Mary's Church
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There are three parts to this event, which will take place on Sunday 8th May 2016 in Westport. This event will be attended by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.
1. Centenary of the execution of Major John MacBride
2. Centenary of the arrest and internment of 31 Westport men in Frongoch.
3. The naming of a bridge after William and PJ Doris.
There was chaos in Westport over a period of 10 days from 2nd to 12th May 1916 as the authorities arrested 31 men. In the middle of this, their townsman Major John MacBride was executed. These men included:
Joseph Ring, grand uncle of Minister Michael Ring TD.
Joseph MacBride TD, brother of Major John MacBride. (Grandfather of Mary MacBride Walsh).
Tom Derrig TD, later Minister for Education in the 1930′s.
Charles Hughes, chairman of Westport UDC for 16 years.
A Commemorative Plaque to the 31 men arrested in Westport in 1916 will be unveiled at the MacBride memorial on the Mall Westport (opposite St Mary’s Church). www.westport1916.com