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Once again, Hibernians from across Southern California came together in song and verse to remember those who gave their lives in one of the most significant events of recent times, the 1916 Easter Rebellion.

More than 50 Hibernians came together to enjoy the eulogies, speeches and songs of the times. The American, Irish and Province flags were marched in by the 3rd West Cork Brigade re-enactment group of San Diego and Piper Terry McCarthy.

Emmet Mac Raghnaill, Orange County Division 1, gave a moving rendition of the funeral oration of O’Donovan Rossa at the graveside of Padraig Pearse.  The oration was followed by  the Roll of Honor by Leiftennant Michael O’Hare, naming each of the signatories to the 1916 Proclamation. Edward McLaughlin, Orange County Division 1, gave the keynote address.

The memorial was puncuated with the the music of Bagpiper and LAPES member, Terry McCarthy. Eammon Knuff provided the ballads and background music for the ceremony.

The memorial, which takes place annually at the Anaheim Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, was followed by a lively sing along and great craic in post bar. Members of the 3rd West Cork Brigade joined in with voice and instrument. All in all, another great day for the Irish. More event photos here.



Hibernians Commemorate 1916 Rising in Annual Ceremony

3rd West Cork Brigade led by Captain Tristan Wolffe salutes the flags of the United States and Ireland