Meath Sinn Fein will host their Easter Commemoration in Oldcastle, County Meath on Saturday 16th April 2022 at the Square in Oldcastle at 4pm.

Meath West TD Johnny Guirke released the following invitation

We would like to invite you to this event and hope that you can promote the commemoration. There will be an unveiling of a new plaque for Volunteer Seamus Cogan at Caffrey’s Bar on Cogan Street.

On the day, wreath-laying will take place

  • at the cross of Volunteers Patrick McDonnell and Seamus Cogan.
  • at Volunteers Luke Burke and Michael Greally plaque
  • at the plaque for Kathleen McKenna

Music will be from the Rising Phoenix Band and Harpist Claire McCabe.

Speakers on the Day will be Johnny Guirke TD, Matt Carthy TD, and Frank Cogan, grandson of Seamus Cogan.

McDonnell Cogan Cumann state:

We are proud to be able to honour two men who gave their lives for their country and fought until their deaths at the hands of them cowards, the British Army.

Both men were the only two casualties from County Meath in the Irish War of Independence.

Padraig McDonnell joined the Irish Republican Army in 1917 and he served as part of the Ballinlough company of the Meath Brigade. Padraig studied in Maynooth and the gifted academic was known for his ability to analysis the enemy, was so trusted as an officer they appointed him as the 5th battalion Intelligence officer in September 1920. McDonnell grew up in Stonefield, Oldcastle.

Seamus Cogan was a born leader and was known as one of the finest commanding officers in the 5th Battalion of the Meath Brigade following his appointment in May 1920. He had the capability of getting the best from his army in the field of battle and his operational planning as a commander. Cogan grew up in Lisduff, Kells.

Many brave Irish Republican Army fighters fought the British and their unlawful rule over Irish citizens, by freeing republicans who were captured leading the British to ‘’Outlaw’’ Sinn Fein and Dail as they planned a new state.