A memorial in honour of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and featuring the Proclamation, will be unveiled in Mervue, between McDonagh Avenue and Clarke Avenue, on Wednesday December 7 at 1pm.
The memorial, which is made from Connemara granite, will have the 1916 Proclamation mounted on it, and a bi-lingual plaque outlining a brief history of Mervue, and the names of the 14 patriots after whom the Mervue avenues were named will be inserted into the stone.
It was designed by engineer Gerry Hanniffy, from Mervue. The stone work was carried out by stone masons from the Claddagh Crafts Cottage, and Ray Flaherty and Denis Goggin, of the Galway Salvage Gallery. The plaques were made by Fahy Memorials. It was funded by the Galway City Council, Trappers Inn, Londis Mervue, and Medtronic Mervue.
The project is the culmination of months of planning following a notice of motion tabled by Independent city councillor Terry O’Flaherty. It also received the unanimous support of the elected council members.
Cllr O’Flaherty said: “It is a fitting tribute as all the avenues in Old Mervue are named after the Irish Patriots including the seven signatories of the of the leaders of the Easter Proclamation.”
The unveiling will be performed by the Mayor of Galway City, Noel Larkin, while a member of the Defence Forces from Renmore Barracks will read the Proclamation. After the ceremonies refreshments will be provided by the Mervue Residents Association in the meeting hall at the rear of the Mervue Church. All are welcome.