The Fenian Rising of 1867
In 1967 the anniversary of the Fenian Rising of March 1867 was commemorated across the country. In December 1966 the Irish Examiner reported that:
CENTENARY OF FENIAN RISING: Preparations are being made to commemorate, next year, the Fenian Rising of 1867 in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, a town which took an active part in the Rising. A monument to the Unknown Fenian and others who died in the Rising in Kilmallock stands at the junction of Sheares Street and Sarsfield Street, near historic King John's Castle. Improvement work has been carried out to the monument over the grave of Patrick O'Riordan in Kilmallock graveyard . He died in 1871, aged 30 years, as a result of his imprisonment in a British jail for participating in the Fenian Rising. This improvement work was carried out by Mr. E. Leahy, assisted by Messrs. B. Sheedy and P. Hartnett of the Kilmallock National Graves Association.
Throughout 1967 there were a number of events to mark the 100th anniversary including in Cork as the Southern Star reported:
The Cork Municipal Museum in Fitzgerald Park will honour the centenary of the 1867 Fenian Rising with an exhibition of Fenian relics next month. The curator, Seamus O Caoighligh, and Aodh O Tuama, have collected interesting exhibits relating to the Rising and the I.R.B. in general and it hoped that more will be contributed on loan.
The centenary was also commemorated in Dublin as the Evening Herald:
The centenary of the 1867 Fenian Rising will be celebrated by about 300 pupils of Colaiste Mhuire, Dublin, in a pageant depicting the story of the Fenian Movement. The pageant has been written and is being produced by Thomas Mac Anna, artistic director of the Abbey Theatre, who also presented the college's 1916 commemorative pageant. It will be staged in the college's theatre.
For more information on the Fenian rising of 1867 see the pages of the Irish Newspaper Archive