Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mass to commemorate 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland to be held in New Haven

NEW HAVEN — A Mass for peace and a flag-raising ceremony will start on the Green at 9 a.m. April 22 to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
There will also be a ceremony to honor the Irish hunger strikers of 1981.
Local Rising honorees will be remembered in a roll call and the original “Proclamation of Freedom” will be read.
About 1,000 men and women captured the General Post Office in Dublin 96 years ago in an effort to gain Irish independence from England.
This is also the 31st anniversary of the hunger strike at Long Kesh Prison in Northern Ireland, when republican volunteers fasted to death to retain their status as political prisoners.
Police and fire Emerald societies, as well as state and local political officials, may attend. For information, contact Joe Lynch at 203-483-4574 or lynch68@sbcglobal.net
The event takes place rain or shine. Tune in to Fox61 or WPLR-99.1 FM the morning of April 22 for information.
Afterward, there will be an Irish breakfast at The Playwright, Whitney Avenue, Hamden to benefit the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day parade. For reservations, call Maura McKeown at 203-889-7089. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

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