War of Independence driving route opened

War of Independence driving route opened
Helen Collin (Grand niece of Michael Collins) and Anne Hales (Granddaughter of Tom Hales) at the launch of the Cork Rebel Way at Shanacashel Parish Hall on Sunday.

A DRIVING route around Mid Cork and West Cork War of Independence and Civil War historical locations has been launched.

The Cork Rebel Way was officially launched at the Kilmichael ambush site.

The concept was launched by Helen Collins, grand-niece of Michael Collins, and Anne Hales, granddaughter of Tom Hales.

Instead of cutting a ribbon, the descendants of the pro-treaty and anti-treaty parties tied ribbons together in a symbolic act of reconciliation.

Tim Crowley, who initiated the project said: “This bottom-up, community-led initiative aims to bring tourism into the smaller towns and villages of West Cork to commemorate the people and places by telling their stories.”

The event was attended by 150 local people including public representatives. An ecumenical blessing was led by Fr Pat O’Donovan (Catholic), Rev Greg Alexander (Methodist) and Rev Cliff Jeffers (Church of Ireland).

Copies of the Cork Rebel Way are available at libraries and tourist offices.

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