� The day started on the play area of Kilbrine community centre to blow away the remaining cobwebs, then Denis O?Donoghue led us past Kanturk, over the blackwater river near the village of Banteer to a small cemetery in Clonmeen where Alasdair McColla is buried. It is a small cemetery with a church in ruins and up until the beginning of the 20th century, Folks could come and see the body of Alistair under glass and pay their respect to a man that for centuries kept their proud heritage and hope for liberation alive. Alasdair McColla is remembered in countless Gaelic songs and Poems. We laid wreaths for Colonsay, Siol nan Gaidheal and Crann Tara.

� We then visited Mercy Secondary School in Kanturk where a life-size Painting of Alasdair McColla greets the pupils at every dinnertime. The picture is by Vincent Crotty 1997. They say that Alasdair wore 7 layers of thick hide under his well-tailored cloth as a form of armour plating. It was heart-warming to witness that his name and memory is alive and well in today?s Ireland.

� The group was invited to visit the spot where McColla, with his Scots and Munster regiments charged down and cut through the Parliament troops Infantry. The Crann Tara Banner was unfurled to pay our respect to the Gaelic hero. A BIG thank you to Gerard and Pauline for their hospitality, not only did they welcome us on their land but gave us refreshments and tasty home baking. Their incredible welcome made us extremely reluctant to leave.

� Our Celtic cousins in Ireland?s hospitality throughout the trip was second to none and even more so when the whole group was invited to Nicholas and Margaret Corkery?s house for a BBQ where we were treated to good food and dare I say it more liquid refreshments. The Party went on to the Corkerys Bar in Dromahane near Mallow were the music and atmosphere was tremendous and the partying went on into the wee small hours as we made firm friends with everyone. Thank you again to all the people of the area who made us feel so welcome and were such wonderful hosts.

By Rab and Juliette Cairney

The day started with Crann Tara's playtime
The boys at play

Laying the wreaths at the graveyard
Plaque outside the graveyard where McColla's remains are.
Alex lays the first wreath
Ted lays the Crann Tara wreath
Alec lays wreath on behalf of Siol nan Gaidheal
Some of the group
Denis and the whole of the Crann Tara group at the grave
Nevin fighting his way through the bushes

Visiting the actual battlefield
Map of the battle
Crann Tara group going to the battlefield.
Crann Tara unveil their new flag here
Unfurling new Crann Tara Flag
Ted & Alex on the battlefield
Davie's Hoose
Once again the group led by Ted sing Flower of Scotland
The hospitality by Pauline and Gerard at the farm was wonderful
We visited a local school to view this picture of Alasdair McColla
The Barbecue
Having pre barbecue drinks
The children were a pleasure
Ziggy with the women and our host Margaret on the right
Ted just keeping an eye on his sidekick
Nicholas left our host starts the barbecue
Ziggy goes back 2 months to his childhood
There was a fantastic spread
Ted and Big Davy tuck in
Paddy O' Brian
A colleen doing the splits

A night at Margaret and Nicholas's pub.
Ted & Banjo Jim
The superb Ted Christopher
The dance floor was heaving
The locals joined in the celebrations
Wee Rab sets the place on fire
The dirk dance was very popular with the Irish
Wee Rab accompanied by Ted

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