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Saturday 10 December 2016

Perseverance pays off in Irishtown with tribute to 1916 hero Reynolds

Tony Byrne who has asked for a flagpole and Tricolor to erected at the flats complex in recognition of George Reynolds who fought in 1916.
Tony Byrne who has asked for a flagpole and Tricolor to erected at the flats complex in recognition of George Reynolds who fought in 1916.

A bid by locals in the south inner city to raise a flag in honour of a 1916 hero will finally be realised after months of campaigning.

Neighbours in the George Reynolds House flats in Irishtown applied to Dublin City Council (DCC), who own their homes, to have a flagpole erected for the 2016 commemorations.

The idea was to commemorate Reynolds - who was a section commander of C Company, 3rd Battalion, of the Dublin Brigade.

On Easter Monday, he was given command of Clanwilliam House, which was the last rebel post to fall during the Battle of Mount Street. He was one of three volunteers who died during the fighting there.

The initial application was turned down by DCC, who said the residents could not erect a pole where compliance with the rules, which were agreed by the commemorations committee, could not be guaranteed.

However, constant persevering, led by resident Tony Byrne and Councillor Paddy McCartan, means it will finally come to fruition today.

The first flag-raising ceremony was due to take place at the complex at 12pm, with hundreds of local school children attending, with readings, poems and a rendition of the nation anthem.

The schools represented at the historic event will be St Patrick's National School in Ringsend and St Mary's National School, Sandymount.

The initial flag-raising ceremony will be conducted by Irish Army officers.

The flag is set to be raised and lowered at appropriate times by a resident's group - under Government guidelines that ensure the tricolour is not disrespected or used inappropriately.

Enthusiasm

"There were a few hurdles to be cleared. There wasn't huge enthusiasm there from the council, but we persevered and it eventually came to fruition," Mr McCartan said.

He also explained the significance of Reynolds to the history of the area, and how, with the flag as an example, future generations will be able to appreciate his significance.

"It will be good for the children in the local area," Mr McCartan said.

"It will make them more aware of George Reynolds. It's a great recognition of our 1916 hero."

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