by ehistoryadmin on June 18, 2016

The 3rd Annual Robertstown Vintage Village Fayre Remembers 1916

with Special Guest
Mr. Horace DcCourcy Wheeler, Grandson of Captain Harry De Courcy Wheeler

Group Photos of Peasents, Volunteers & Officer

Highlights include:

Key Note Address by Horace De Courcy Wheeler – 1916 Surrenders / Robertstown Retrospective
Dress to Impress – Dress in 1916 Attire and win a host of prizes
Dog Show- Sponsored by Irish Dog Foods
Grand Parade and Flag Raising Ceremony
Food, Craft and Flower Stalls

Sunday June 19th from 1.15pm
In the Canal Side Village of Roberstown, Kildare

Part of The Kildare Decade of Remembrance Commemoration Programme


As the legacy of the 1916 Rising continues to be commemorated nationwide – the indelible linkages between Kildare and this historical event continue to be revealed. Poignantly, as the Countdown to the Annual Robertstown Vintage Village Fayre commences, this idyllic setting on the banks of the canal, remembers the 1916 Surrenders and the role of Captain Harry De Courcy Wheeler, a Robertstown native.

The Organising Committee of the annual Robertstown Vintage Village Fayre, composed of Karen Gorey, Liam Murphy, Mary and Tina Reidy are delighted to announce details of the 3rd Annual Robertstown Vintage Village Fayre.

Taking place on Sunday 19th June from 1pm till late – the event theme is “Remembering 1916” and is part of the Kildare Decade of Remembrance Commemoration Programme.

Accordingly, the highlight of the Roberstown Fayre will be a special keynote address by Mr. Horace De Courcy Wheeler, grandson of Robertsown Native, Captain Harry De Courcy Wheeler. It was Captain De Courcy Wheeler, accompanied by Nurse Elizabeth O`Farrell, who took the surrender document, signed by Pearse.  Mr. Findlater will provide an indepth insight into the role played by his Grandfather, Captain De Courcy Wheeler and will also present an overview of Roberstown Village, during the 1916 Rising.
This FREE retrospective will take place in Welds, on Sunday, June 19th.

Additional highlights include the Grand Parade and Official opening which will take place at 1.30 pm by the Mayor Of Kildare –  Brendan Weld. This is followed by a Flag Raising Ceremony, where the Mayor of Kildare will hoist the Irish Flag, Fiona O Loughlin will hoist the Irish Republic flag from 1916 and Robertstown Native Patrick “Ducks” Moran ,will hoist the Robertstown Flag. In addition, Tadhg Lenehan from Robertstown will read the Proclamation.

A host of dignatories will be in attendance inclusive of the Vice Chair of the Kildare Decade of Remembrance Commemoration.

A real Family Fun day is guaranteed as Robertstown Village hosts Food, Craft & Flower Stalls, Face painting, Live Music, a High Nellie Cycle along the Grand Canal, Vintage Motor Bikes and Cars, Pony & Trap rides and much more.

You could “Guess the sods in a reek of turf”  and be in with a chance to win the lot and be warm for the winter!

Children`s favorites include “Hook a Duck and Tin Can Alley” plus lots more fun and games for all the family  – even the dog can join in with the DOG show kindly sponsored by Irish Dog Foods.

This year, the Committee are delighted to announced details of the inaugural “Dress to Impress – 1916 Attire Competition” – you could win some great prizes including a lunch for two at Burtown House & Gardens or a family day out in the Irish National Stud, Gardens and Horse Museum, to mention just two!

Join us as we Remember 1916 and Celebrate the legacy of Robertstown Village – at the Heart of Ireland`s Ancient East.

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