Éamon DeValera election win to be remembered

Éamon DeValera election win to be remembered


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The 100th anniversary of the election of Éamon DeValera at the 1917 East Clare Bye Election will be commemorated by Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin, the Clare Fianna Fáil organisation, and his family, on Sunday, 23rd July in Ennis.

The event was due to take place on Saturday July 22nd but has been moved to the following day to facilitate fans intending to travel to Cork for Clare’s All-Ireland SHC quarter final with Tipperary.

The commemorative events will take place at Glór at 2pm and will include lectures from noted historians, music by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éíreann, and a photographic and election memorabilia exhibition. Party Leader Micheál Martin will address the audience.

Following the activities, a full dress-parade, led by a brass band, will march, led by Micheál Martin and former Clare TD, Síle DeValera, to the O’Connell Monument – the site of some of Éamon DeValera’s most famous speeches.

At the O’Connell Memorial, there will be a re-enactment of the announcement of the election of DeValera, in addition to a number of key moments in his political life.

Síle DeValera, who served the people of Clare for 20 years in Dáil Éireann, will then deliver a keynote address outlining the impact of her grandfather’s election 100 years ago for the Republican cause as it sought to gather itself together and regroup following the Easter Rising a year before.

“This is an event that is not to be missed. If you have an interest in politics, history or just our own county of Clare, make sure your come along and join us in remembering one of the most pivotal events in Irish history,” said local Fianna Fáil TD, Timmy Dooley.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.