With preparations ongoing to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, a series of linked events has already begun towards that end, among them a recent commemoration in Carrickmore to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Joseph McGarrity.
The Carrickmore-born businessman, who spent most of his adult life in Philadelphia, became a high profile champion of Irish republicanism on the other side of the Atlantic, up until his death in 1940. While in the US, he became a leading member of Clan na Gael, providing direct support in the build-up to the 1916 Easter Rising, including meeting Pádraig Pearse in the USA in 1914, providing financial support for the Irish Volunteers and arranging delivery of 1,500 Mauser rifles, with ammunition to match, for use in the eventual uprising.
On Sunday August 9th, the Joseph McGarrity Society held a commemorative event at his homestead in Devesky Road, Carrickmore. Attended by over one hundred people, the event paid tribute to the role McGarrity played in supporting the push for Irish independence in the early half of the 20th century. The wreathlaying ceremony included a reading of the Irish Proclamation, a tin whistle lament and a rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann.