Tuam’s 1916 Commemoration will be hosted by the Old Tuam Society on Sunday 24 April 2016 at 2.30pm
The commemoration will take place at the 1916 Monument on Bishop St., Tuam. The monument, first unveiled at the 50 year commemoration in 1966, is currently being specially revamped by the Society in partnership with the Galway County Council. Part of the ongoing restoration involves the replacement of metalwork missing from the monument. This is difficult and skilled work which requires a high level of craftsmanship so that it will be of a standard befitting a public monument, particularly a monument associated with the commemoration of foundation of the state. This work is currently been undertaken by hand. A new commemorative centenary plaque will also be unveiled.
Relatives and descendants of Tuam Volunteer and Fianna Éireann leader Liam Langley will be present for the occasion, as will the families of local War of Independence veterans. It will also be attended by Defence Forces Colour Party and a Military Display,Cllr Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach of Co Galway, Members of the Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA). The restored monument will be unveiled in a free public event followed by some light refreshments afterwards.
This event is one of the formal commemorative events in partnership with Galway County Council, remembering and honouring those who took part in the Easter Rising.