The Tomás Allen Society Meath announce plans to enact a reading of The Proclamation on the Hill of Tara this Friday evening in Navan.
In 1916, Commandant Padraig Pearse issued orders for The Proclamation of the Republic to be read on the Hill of Tara, the ancient site of the High Kings of Ireland. The order was given to Donal O’Hannigan, the leader of the Irish Volunteers in Louth for the Rising. He had been instructed by the IRB Military Council to organise the reading at Tara for 6pm on Easter Sunday 1916. Due to Eoin MacNeill’s countermanding order his wish was not fulfilled.
It was originally planned that the Dundalk Volunteers would gather arms in the town and march towards Meath, picking up comrades in Ardee and Dunleer before joining with Volunteer Units from Meath and Cavan at Tara. Their orders were to make their way towards Blanchardstown in West Dublin, to be joined by Volunteers from Meath and Wicklow who were to throw a cordon around the city.
The Volunteers from the northeastern counties were instructed to destroy railway lines to prevent British reinforcements, who were expected to come from the major garrison in Athlone. Local Volunteers were also to help create an escape corridor from the city centre into the countryside for the leaders of the Rising.
On Friday 22nd April 2016, one day short of exactly 100 years to the day, the Tomás Allen Society are hosting an enactment of the reading of The Proclamation, to fulfill the order of Padraig Pearse and the IRB Military Council. This mass reading will stand as a world record reading of The Proclamation and is open to everyone, particularly children.
Invitations have been sent to local schools and sports clubs to encourage as many children as possible to attend this historic event. It will be an evening of music, poetry and of course the world record reading of The Proclamation. The Irish Republic Flag will be raised and wreaths will be laid at the Irish Republican Army Monument on the top of the Hill of Tara.
Assemble at 6pm on the Hill of Tara – all welcome. For more in formation contact the organisers through their Facebook Event Page or contact our National Organiser directly through this site.