Plaque unveiled to mark Coalisland’s role in 1916 Easter Rising

Cllr Linda Dillon reads the 1916 Proclamation outside St Patrick's Hall in Coalisland, as Francie Molloy MP, Michelle O'Neill MLA, and Nancy Kenny, look on.
Cllr Linda Dillon reads the 1916 Proclamation outside St Patrick's Hall in Coalisland, as Francie Molloy MP, Michelle O'Neill MLA, and Nancy Kenny, look on.

Saint Patrick’s Hall in Coalisland has been given its place in the history of the Easter Rising after a plaque was unveiled at the site where republicans from across the north gathered in 1916.

An event was held at the hall on Barrack Street to mark the beginning of a year of centenary celebrations.

The plaque was unveiled by Coalisland woman, Nancy Kenny, who was joined by Sinn Fein Mid Ulster MP Francie Molloy, MLA Michelle O’Neill and Councillor Linda Dillon, as well as a large crowd of supporters, some of whom had travelled from Belfast and Armagh.

Speaking at the event, Mr Molloy said: “Volunteers from across the north were mobilised and made their way to Coalisland, by car, by train or whatever means necessary to play their part in the imminent rising. However, the countermand orders brought confusion to the assembled volunteers. Had they remained together until Pearse’s fresh instructions were brought then who knows what the impact could have been.”

The MP said it was also important to highlight the “central role” that women had played in the Rising, particularly in communication.