The 100th anniversary of the election of Éamon deValera at the 1917 East Clare Bye Election will be commemorated by Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin, the Clare Fianna Fáil organisation, and his family, on Sunday, 23rd July in Ennis.
The commemorative events will take place at the Glór Theatre at 12pm and will include lectures from noted historians, music by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éíreann, and a photographic and election memorabilia exhibition. Party Leader Micheál Martin will address the audience.
Following the activities in the theatre, a full dress-parade, led by a brass band, will march, led by Micheál Martin and former Clare TD, Síle de Valera, from the Glór Theatre to the O’Connell Monument – the site of some of Éamon de Valera’s most famous speeches.
At the O’Connell Memorial, there will be a re-enactment of the announcement of the election of de Valera, in addition to a number of key moments in his political life.
Síle de Valera, who served the people of Clare for 20 years in Dáil Éireann, will then deliver a keynote address outlining the impact of her grandfather’s election 100 years ago for the Republican cause as it sought to gather itself together and regroup following the Easter Rising a year before.