Irish Volunteers’ HQ Easter 1916

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The Directors of Enniscorthy Athenaeum Ltd wish to thank the public for their expressions of support and goodwill as a result of the various reports and public statements to the effect that it is expected that funding will be put in place to redevelop the Athenaeum in the very near future and have the building functioning in time for the 1916 Commemorations.

Given that the Athenaeum was the centre of the 1916 Easter Rising in Co. Wexford and was occupied by the Volunteers as their headquarterS and was the last garrison to surrender in the country, we have several appropriate events planned for The Athenaeum to commemorate the 1916 Rising.  Announcements of these will be rolled out in the coming months.

An important part of the Athenaeum’s function in future, will be the housing on permanent display of memorabilia and historical artefacts relating to 1916 which, apart from being a fitting home for these precious items, we anticipate will add greatly to Enniscorthy’s attractiveness and tourism potential.

As custodians of The Athenaeum, we are also determined to see The Athenaeum operating as a living, functioning building for the benefit of the people of the town and the hinterland and see a return of plays, musicals and similar activities to their natural home which many of us fondly remember. We are also determined to see the building functioning on a daily basis, as a meeting place which had been lost to the town and help bring a certain vibrancy and joy back to the centre of the town. The filming of Brooklyn in the Athenaeum and the town was a timely reminder of what can be achieved and the treasures which Enniscorthy holds, often mentioned affectionately by Edwards and MacLiammór whose first meeting in the Athenaeum has gone down in folklore.

We wish to thank all those who have supported this endeavour over the past number of years and those who have kept the Athenaeum to the forefront during that period. We particularly wish to thank the public for their continued support.  We express our gratitude to local public representatives, members of Enniscorthy Municipal District and District Manager, Padraig O’Gorman, all the 1916 Commemorative Committee and numerous others– all of  whom have supported and promoted our ongoing efforts.  We also thank local TD John Browne, Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe TD and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD for their efforts and interest in this matter of local and national importance.  We thank you all most sincerely and we can assure the public that The Athenaeum is in good hands for the future.