Date Released: 10 March 2016
The SIPTU Dublin District Council is hosting a march and ceremony to mark the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the Irish Citizen Army (ICA) outside the Marino College of Further Education, Connolly House, North Strand Road, Dublin, on Friday, 11th March at 3.00 p.m.
The event will begin with a march from Liberty Hall to Marino College of Further Education. The march will be led by people dressed in ICA uniforms, a pipe band and feature trade union banners. Marchers are assembling at Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, from 2.00 p.m. with the march beginning at 2.30 p.m.
The unveiling ceremony outside the Marino College of Further Education will be addressed by a number of speakers including the playwright, Peter Sheridan and SIPTU Dublin District Council member, Alison Regan. SIPTU Dublin District Council joint secretary, Kevin Glackin, will read out a roll call of members of the ICA from the local area.
The plaque will be officially unveiled by Robert Norgrove, representing the Norgrove family, several of whom served with the North Strand section of the ICA.
The event will be followed by a seminar on the life and politics of ICA leader James Connolly in the Marino College of Further Education at 4.00 p.m. Among those addressing the seminar are historians Brian Hanley, Donal Fallon and Theresa Moriarty.
SIPTU Dublin District Council joint secretary, John Dunne, said: “During 2016, the SIPTU Dublin District Council in conjunction with local community groups and Dublin City Council are unveiling a series of plaques to commemorate the working class men, women and young people who served in the ICA in the areas were they lived.
“The story of these ICA members can provide a valuable opportunity for communities to re-discover their history and the values that motivated people to risk all for a new future.”