Seminary Rector Invites all to Easter Rising Commemoration
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West Rector Fr. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh may call Cincinnati home now, but he hasn’t forgotten his roots in Ireland. Every year he says a special Mass on the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising rebellion, and this year, the rebellion’s centennial anniversary, Irish societies from around the area will join him.
“On Easter Monday 1916, a group of Irish rebels led a rebellion which was mostly centered in Dublin,” Fr. O’Cinnsealaigh says. “After reading the Proclamation of the Irish Republic they took over a number of major public and strategic buildings. The British forces were caught off guard but soon surrounded the city and the rebel garrisons. The Easter Rising lasted a week. The British arrested thousands and interned them. The leaders of the rebellion were taken to Kilmainham Gaol, tried by military tribunals, and 16 were executed. The Easter Rising was really the beginning of the final stage of the push for Irish Independence.”
Fr. O’Cinnsealaigh began the Mass of Commemoration to honor all who fought for Ireland’s freedom. “This includes my grandfather, who fought in the 1916 Rising, my great uncles and aunts, and some of my uncles,” he says.
“This year I invited some member of the Irish Community of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to join in the Mass, which will be celebrated in the Chapel of St. Gregory, on Monday, 28th March, beginning at 6 pm. At the end of the Mass there will be a blessing of Wreaths to be laid on statues of St. Patrick and St. Oliver Plunkett, the reading of the 1916 Proclamation, and a reception in the Bartlett Center.”
The reception will include music and dance by the Irish societies. “Many have shown interest and have helped with the preparation, and with the event itself,” Fr. O”Cinnsealaigh says. “I’m very grateful to them and look forward to seeing many from the Irish community at Mass on the 28th.”
Both the Mass and reception are open to the public. Reservations are not required.
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