My grandfather was present at the great Aeridheacht cultural festival in Cullyhanna on Sunday 6 June 1920. It was an occasion of local rejoicing and celebration and a welcome relief from the stresses of the fraught political situation in the country.
It was a momentous time for the world reeling after the slaughter of the Great War, and for Ireland, with its own War of Independence drawing to a bloody close. The general election here had returned a great majority of Sinn Fein representatives and elected bodies all over the country, including areas earmarked in that year’s Better Government of Ireland Act for inclusion in Northern Ireland.
Originally posted 2005-02-21 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter