The Thomas Clarke Society with a statement advertising their march and commemoration to their namesake this weekend in Dungannon, where a statue in his honour will be unveiled.

Hundreds of people from Tyrone made their way to Dublin on Sunday past to mark Republic Day, 24th April, the calendar anniversary of the start of the 1916 Easter Rising. The National Graves Association event included entertainment on O’Connell Street and a commemoration to mark this momentous anniversary. It was attended by tens of thousands of people. A march made it’s way from the GPO to Glasnevin Cemetery. There a refurbished monument to those Volunteers who died during the Easter Rising was unveiled.

Many republicans from Tyrone attended and took part in the organisation of the event. This event was a Citizen’s Commemoration and attracted people from across the country and across the world. From the platform in Glasnevin, the National Graves Association paid tribute to all who gave their lives for Irish Freedom. They commended those involved in commemorating Ireland’s Patriot Dead. Particular mention was made of the efforts in Dungannon and Tyrone to create a statue of Thomas Clarke.

These efforts have been going on for a long time in Dungannon. A Thomas Clarke Memorial Committee, under the patronage of Kathleen Clarke (Tom’s widow) and made up local people, made great efforts in the 1960’s to create a permanent tribute to this great Irish Patriot. In more recent times, the Thomas Clarke Society has been attempting to continue these efforts. Now in his centenary anniversary year the statue is complete.

A march and commemoration, including the unveiling of the Thomas Clarke statue, will take place in Dungannon on Sunday May 1st, assembling at 2pm in Ann Street. Moving forward, the Thomas Clarke Society will continue to work to finalise a permanent site for the statue and a fitting memorial to all of Dungannon’s Patriot Dead. A Torchlit Procession will begin on the New Well Road and proceed to Ann Street, assembling at 9.30pm on Tom Clarke’s 100th anniversary, Tues May 3rd.

Thomas Clarke was a proud Dungannon man and the Thomas Clarke Society are proud to organise these events in his hometown. These events are independent, non-party political and family friendly. Everyone is welcome.