Wednesday 23 January 2019

Clock erected to honour Rising hero 'The O'Rahilly'

The clock is unveiled in Donnycarney
The clock is unveiled in Donnycarney
A large crowd of locals at the clock unveiling
1916 Rising hero Michael O’Rahilly

A giant four-faced clock has been erected on Dublin's northside in honour of the 1916 Rising hero Michael O'Rahilly.

In one of the last commemorations of the Rising on its 100th anniversary, the Irish Volunteers founder, better known as 'The O'Rahilly', was remembered by more than 100 Donnycarney residents.

The clock is the symbol of a famous quote from The O'Rahilly to fellow nationalist Countess Markievicz when asked how he felt about the Rising going ahead.

"Well I have helped wind the clock, so I have come to hear it strike," he said.

Fittingly, the unveiling of the clock - which is located at the junction between the Malahide Road and Collins Avenue - was undertaken by his grandson, Proinsias O'Rahilly.

The whole ceremony and money raised to design the clock was organised by the Donnycarney Residents Association. Despite laying wreaths in front of tens of thousands during the Easter Rising commemorations, Proinsias O'Rahilly insists the event, which took place on Saturday afternoon, was right up there with the best.

He said it was fitting that his grandfather had finally been remembered on Dublin's northside.

The O'Rahilly had the former Sackville Lane, where he died - now O'Rahilly Parade - named in his honour.

"I'm very proud and this is a great honour," Mr O'Rahilly said.

The members of the Donnycarney association involved were chairperson Stephen Coyne along with Deborah Reilly Lyons, Tassa Heney and Jean O'Brien.

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