Dé Luain, Lúnasa 03, 2009

Remembering Fianna Éireann


éirígí will be hosting a weekend of commemorative events on August 15-16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the republican youth movement Fianna Éireann.

Fianna Éireann was founded on August 16 1909 at a meeting in Dublin city centre. The committee that called the meeting did so in order to channel the energies of young men into progressive nationalist politics.

The organisation played an important role in the lead up to the 1916 Rising, promoting the republican message, actively partaking in the cultural revival, and assisting in the acquisition of arms for the Rising itself. During Easter Week, Fianna members served in several of the republican garrisons around Dublin.
In the years that followed, Fianna Éireann continued to play an active role in the increasingly intense national liberation struggle. After the signing of the Treaty in 1921, the Fianna joined the IRA in opposing the British-enforced settlement.
The Fianna’s role in republicanism continued right up to the 1980s, and it was in the organisation that many of those who were to become prominent in the independence struggle first became active.

On Saturday, August 15, éirígí will host a public meeting in Dublin city centre, focusing on the history of the Fianna. Speakers will include éirígí general secretary Breandán Mac Cionnaith and Damien Lawlor, the author of Na Fianna Éireann and the Irish Revolution.

Later that evening, a ballad session will be held in the Clifton Court Hotel, Eden Quay.
On Sunday, August 16, a walking tour at St Enda’s school in Rathfarnham and a wreath laying commemoration will be held. St Enda’s was established by Pádraig Pearse in 1908 as an Irish language counter-weight to the existing schooling system and many of its students were members of Fianna Éireann.

Fianna 100th Anniversary Weekend

Saturday, August 15
Public Meeting: 7pm, Wynns Hotel, Abbey St, Dublin 1.
Speakers: Breandán Mac Cionnaith [éirígí general secretary], Damien Lawlor [author of Na Fianna Éireann and the Irish Revolution], Samantha Ní Mhurchú.
Commemorative Function: 9pm, Clifton Court Hotel, Eden Quay, Dublin 1. Ballad session.

Sunday, August 16
Tour of St Enda’s.
For further details, contact 086 236 7298.

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