Happy memories from Beal na mBláth

Following my attendance at Beal Na mBláth for the commemoration ceremonies, along with 4,000 others, I wish to convey my appreciation and gratitude to being part of such a historic event in Irish history.

Beal Na mBláth has become both a national and international tourist attraction the world over and thousands flock each year to see the spot where Michael Collins was shot, the home place at Sam’s Cross and the latest museum of his personal belongings.

The event was special in the following way: The inspection of the guard of honour by Taoiseach Enda Kenny; the presence of the army in numbers to mark the event; the Army and Millstreet bands; the Sliabh Na mBan armoured car restored by the Irish Army; the lone piper who played a lament and tribute to Michael Collins; our TDs, MEPs, senators and councillors, along with representatives of Cork City and notably West Cork.

Thanks to our speakers, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Dermot Collins, chairperson of the organising committee, and Helen Collins, the grand niece of Michael Collins.

Thanks also for the religious input into such a moving ceremony and the relatives and neighbours of West Cork and beyond who attended; the four wreath layers and the media.

Finally, a special mention to the civic guards, the Civil Defence and the Naval service, Air Corps and Garda Síochána. To the event committee who worked so hard to make the commemoration such a success, keep up the good work.

Donal Collins

Clogheen

Co Cork

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