Calvary Republican Commemoration

Terence MacSwiney

By Irish Echo Staff

The 2020 Annual Irish Republican Commemoration will be held at the Fenian Monument in Calvary Cemetery, 49-02 Laurel Hill Boulevard, Woodside in Queens, on Sunday, November 8 at 10 a.m.

All Irish Republicans and supporters are welcome to attend. Social distancing will be practiced, said a release from organizers.

This year the commemoration will recognize the 100th anniversary of the death of Terence MacSwiney on hunger strike and the 40th anniversary of the 1980 hunger strike in Long Kesh Prison.

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The monument is in 2nd Calvary, Section 16, Range 24, Plot A, Grave 1 and can be accessed from the Laurel Hill Boulevard entrance near the cemetery office.

The commemoration is organized by the National Irish Freedom Committee. The NIFC, stated the release, "supports the centuries-long struggle for true freedom and independence in a reunited 32-county sovereign and Gaelic Irish Republic.

"This annual commemoration is held to remember and honor our departed Fenian heroes and heroines whose sacrifices over the centuries for Irish freedom continue to be an inspiration to all of us as well as a reminder that what they strived to achieve is still unfinished."

The Fenian Monument, which was erected in 1907 on the fortieth anniversary of the execution of the Manchester Martyrs, is, according to the release, "a sacred place surrounded by history and the remains of many of our Fenian ancestors. In the words of NIFC co-founder Michael Flannery, 'the Fenian Monument in Calvary is the proper place to hold Irish Republican commemorations.'”

After the ceremony it is hoped to have an informal gathering at a local restaurant, "depending on how things stand with the coronavirus re-openings," the release said.

For more information contact Jane Enright at (718)683-6903, or Maggie Trainor at (845)492-719.