The Portarlington 1916 Commemoration Committee is delighted to announce the following events to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

The renaming of Spa St Bridge to the Peadar Macken Bridge. The son of George Macken and Anne Shanahan who lived in Spa Street Portarlington, Peadar Macken was elected in 1912 to the Dublin Labour Party as an Alderman. He was also on the O’Donovan Rossa funeral committee and he took part in the Rising. He fought at Bolands Mills and was shot dead on 27th April 1916 and is buried in St Brigid’s plot in Glasnevin Cemetery. Macken Street in Dublin is named after him.

The Committee will also be unveiling the Proclamation etched in granite and mounted on a plinth outside Portarlington Library along with the raising of the Tricolor

Seven native Irish trees (white beam) will be planted in the People’s Park, one for each of the seven signatories of the Proclamation along with a boulder with an inscription marking the tribute.

And finally we have commissioned a sculpture of the ‘Starry Plough’ from the original flag which will be placed on the Kilnacourt roundabout. This sculpture will be created using a 100 yr old plough kindly donated to us by Jim Hyland.

These events will run throughout the coming months with dates to be confirmed

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making these events happen and we encourage everyone to attend the opening of these events.

Portarlington 1916 Commemoration Committee: Aidan Mullins, Maeve O’ Carroll, David Orford, Jude Stynes, Fiona Lawlor, Ciaran Leavy, Melissa Donogher, Ann Bourke Dunne, John O’Reilly, Wayne Brereton, Stephen Murphy.