Liam Kenny and Ger Broderick of Castlelyons Pipe Band.

The second annual Thomas Kent Commemoration was very well attended in Rostellan this past Saturday, 17 June.
The annual commemoration took place at Thomas Kent Park, which last year was named after the Irish nationalist who was executed in 1916, from 4pm with over 100 people in attendance.
“There was a good attendance and a good local attendance,” said Rob Rutledge, one of the organisers of the event. “There was about 110-120 people there roughly so it was very good. The weather was fantastic. It all went very well.”
The commemoration also paid tribute to fellow Irish nationalists such as Denis Kelly, a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood who fled to the US following the Fenian Rising, only to later return and become the founding president of Aghada GAA in 1885, and Dr. Padraic O’Suilleabhain, who served with the Irish Volunteers and became O/C of 8th Battalion in 1919 before he completed his studies and served the parish of Aghada as a general practitioner for the 50 years.
“Charlie Hayes was the emcee for the commemoration,” said Mr Rutledge. “Pipers played as the tricolour was raised. It is 150 years since the 1867 Fenian Rebellion, so Billy Fitzpatrick spoke on that for a bit. Thomas Foley read out the proclamation from that Rebellion. In my opinion it’s very similar to the 1916 proclamation even though it came earlier. It was ahead of its time in some aspects. The reading of it went down very well. Wreaths laid for all the various people, including Kent.”
Also recognised on the day were the 84 local Irish Volunteers from the parish of Aghada who formed L Company, 4th Battalion in the 1st Cork Brigade during the War of Independence, and the Flying Column of the same Battalion who were involved in the Clonmult Ambush in 1921, which saw the larges loss of life suffered by the Irish Republican Army during the war.
It is hoped that the Thomas Kent Commemoration will continue to take place year on year, after it first began a year ago.
“Last year a small park in Rostellan was named after Thomas Kent, like the railway station in Cork which had been named Kent Station years and years before. This was the first year we were really commemorating him and we fully expect it to go ahead every year from now on.”