|Organisation :||Waterford County Museum|
|Article Title :||The Struggle For Freedom In West Waterford|
|Page Title :||Introduction|
|Page Number :||1|
|Publication Date :||11 October 2010|
|Expiry Date :||Never Expires|
|Category :||Irish War of Independence 1919 - 1921|
A lecture on the War Of Independence and Civil War in Waterford delivered by Domnall O'Faoláin in 1966. Domnall was the son of Commandant Pax Whelan C/O of Waterford No. 2 Brigade I.R.A. during the War Of Independence. This article is written from a Republican perspective and presents a Republican view of events. The parts of the article that appear between square brackets [ ] are handwritten amendments to the original typed manuscript. This article was edited and typed by Mary Griffin.
Do thugas mo chul.
Se an rod atha romham, is atha roimh gac mac mathair is nion athar sa tir seo, na crioch a cur leis an obair fonta a thosniod, sar ar rugadh tusa na mise, agus [gur] leanadh ar aigid [leis] ag muintir 1916, atha gha comoradh again an bhlian seo. Im thuairm se an comoradh bh'fearr a sasocaidh na laochrai den re sin, na crioch a chur leisan obair, se sin, an tir seo a saoru [ó ceartlár na tíre go dtí imeall bhanac na Mara Móire] on lar go dtí an fhairraige, agus a Ghaolu i dteangan agus i gcultuir. Tre ath fheachaint a [thubhairt ar an obair sin] ins an leigeact bheag seo, bfeidir go musclo ?? an spiorad ionnain-ne spreag na daoine idir 1916 agus 1923.
These are not my words … but Pearse's at the grave of O'Donovan Rossa, so bear with me then if I, as one of the present younger generation try to re-live for you the most recent assertion of the Irish people to their National Freedom, and particularly in relation to West Waterford, in the hope that we will be re-baptised in the Fenian faith and accept the responsibility of carrying out the Fenian programme.