Date Released: 21 March 2016
The SIPTU Meath District Council will commemorate the Battle of Ashbourne, 1916, with a a series of events in Ashbourne town centre on Saturday, 30th April.
SIPTU Meath District Council President, Anton McCabe, said: “The Battle of Ashbourne was the largest encounter between rebels and crown forces outside of Dublin during the 1916 Rising. Those involved in the battle on the rebel side were members of the 5th Battalion of the National Volunteers and were in the main working men. It is fitting that our union, which is the direct successor of the ITGWU whose members were at the very centre of the planning and conduct of the Easter Rising, should commemorate these men.”
SIPTU Meath District Council Coordinator, John Regan, said: “This event is part of a wider series of commemorations and events to celebrate the 1916 Rising being organised by SIPTU. These include the unveiling of plaques to commemorate union members who took part in the Rising in communities across Dublin. The rebels who took part in the historic battle that happened in Ashbourne, County Meath, on 28th April, 1916, deserve to be commemorated in a permanent way during this centenary year.”
Further details of the SIPTU Meath District Council commemoration of the Battle of Ashbourne will be released in the coming days.