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1916 Proclamation








The role brothers Timothy and Eugene Ring and their cousin Rosalie Rice played in 1916 will be commemorated on Valentia Island today.

Part of the Kerry 1916 Centenary Commemorations, the ceremony takes place in Knightstown at 3 o’clock.

Timothy and his brother Eugene Ring worked at the Valentia Island Cable Station.

Timothy was enlisted by the Supreme Council of the IRB at the beginning of 1916 to send a coded message to leader of Clan na Gael in America, John Devoy.

With the assistance of their first cousin Rosalie Rice, who worked at Kenmare Post Office, a telegram was sent via the Cable Station and on to New York on Easter Monday.

The telegram is said to have read ‘Tom operated on successfully, today, Margaret O’Sullivan’.

The ceremony this afternoon will involve the unveiling of a commemorative stone to Timothy and Eugene Ring and Rosalie Rice, directly opposite Valentia Cable Station.

The Defence Forces will raise the flag before a keynote speech by Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council.

A descendant of the Ring Brothers, baritone Gavin Ring will also perform at the ceremony.