FB_IMG_1459407572974Over the June Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday 2 June to Monday 5 June, Kilcoole Heritage group hosted a heritage weekend to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916. In 1914, Kilcoole was the venue for a gun-running operation in which more than 600 rifles were landed for the Irish Volunteers, just after the more famous Howth gun-running. This community festival  included a wide range of debates, exhibitions and re-enactments. The weekend incorporated a wide range of events and activities that will showcase the life of the time. Highlights included the Bob Montieth Summer School; three full-scale reenactments, including one of the 1914 gun running; and a reconciliation forum hosted by Luisne Centre. Learn more about the full programme here.

From UCD HistoryHub: The correspondence of Mary Spring Rice and Michael Joseph (‘The’) O’Rahilly on the early planning of the Howth and Kilcoole gun-runnings, May 1914.

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