Press Release

SIPTU unveiling plaques around Dublin to commemorate the Irish Citizen Army

Date Released: 04 May 2016

The SIPTU Dublin District Council is unveiling a series of plaques around Dublin to commemorate the men, women and young people who served with the Irish Citizen Army (ICA) during the revolutionary period.

Two of the distinctive plaques have already be unveiled in the North Strand and Essex Street. During early May a further three plaques are scheduled to be unveiled outside the:

  • St Andrews Resource Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 4, on Friday, 6th May at 11.30 a.m.
  • Community Hall, Baldoyle, Dublin 13, on Tuesday, 10th May, at 12.00 p.m.
  • Lawrence O’Toole Junior Boys School, Seville Place, North Wall, Dublin 1, on Thursday, 12th May, at 1.30 p.m.

Each unveiling is accompanied by a march by trade unionists dressed in Irish Citizen Army uniforms, speeches about the involvement of people from the local community in the organisation and a social event.

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 Irish Citizen Army in the areas were they lived.”

He added: “The story of these Irish Citizen Army members can provide a valuable opportunity for communities to rediscover their history and the values that motivated people to risk all for a new future.”

SIPTU Dublin District Council joint secretary, Kevin Glackin, said: “The interest in the unveiling of these plaques has been considerable within local communities. People are organising events to coincide with the unveilings and undertaking research to rediscover the radical history of their communities during the revolutionary period. At each unveiling we have a member of a local family who had a relative who served with the Irish Citizen Amry talking about their ancestor and their personal connection to them.

“In total approximately 15 Irish Citizen Army plaques will be unveiled over the coming months in Dublin. We believe this is a fitting way to honour the contribution of these brave trade unionists, without whom there would have been no Rising in Dublin in 1916.”

 


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