IGBMC (Inistioge George Brown Memorial Committee) under its chairperson,
Pádraig Ó Murchú establish the Olive Grove in Woodstock Gardens and unveiled a plaque in honour of the four Kilkenny-men who served in the International Brigades:- George & Michael Brown, Seán Dowling and Michael Brennan.
The inaugural George Brown Commemorative Event is addressed by Spanish Civil War veteran and legendary British trade unionist Jack Jones. He unveils the George Brown memorial, in the presence of Connolly Column veteran, Bob Doyle, in St Colmcille Graveyard, Inistioge.
Cuban Ambassador to Ireland, Noel Carillo, speaks of the struggle of Cuban people in the face of American aggression.
Senator David Norris and Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland, Dr Hikmat Ajjuri, from different angles, examine the Palestinian question.
Michael D. Higgins (now Uachtarán na h-Éireann) addresses the challenges posed for the Left in a Changing World.
Dr David Hickey, engages with the issue of international media control, focusing closely on how this impacts on the portrayal of Cuba by hostile elements of the world media.
Jimmy Kelly, Irish Secretary UNITE, examines the legacy and relevance of George Brown in present-day Ireland.The contributions by Spanish Civil War historian, HarryOwens; Manus O’Riordan, Irish Labour historian andson of Brigadista Michael O’Riordan; Jack O’Connor(SIPTU); and Jimmy Kelly (UNITE) have both enlivened and informed the various Commemorative Events, while the stirring rendition of the Internationale by the Graiguenamanagh Brass Band has greatly added to their unique atmosphere.The IGBMC also gratefully acknowledge the generosityof the Inistioge Church of Ireland community in making available St Mary’s Church for lectures.
Tree Planting at Woodstock
Each year’s event is also marked by a Tree-Planting Ceremony
in Woodstock Gardens.
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