In 2016, Ballinahown Community, like many other communities across Ireland, came to gether to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising in 1916, a seminal moment on Ireland’s journey to independence.It was a moving ceremony that saw seven trees planted in community area and the rising of a tri-colour in the presence of a wide community audience. Each tree was in commemoration of a signatory of the Proclamation and was planted by a local resident who is the great great grandson of James Connolly. 

The timber plinths in this Centenary garden are the actual louvres from the spire in our parish church in Ballinahown Village. They were constructed in 1902 and replaced in 2016. It seemed fitting that they find a new home in our Centenary garden as they were over a hundres years old and part of our village history. Like the other elements in this garden and our village ethos, we have worked with old materials to create a new story for the future.