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John Devoy Statue Location Approved

Kildare County officials have recently confirmed and acknowledged the fundraising efforts of the Kildare Persons Association, particularly Chairman, Mike Flood, who have commissioned a memorial to commemorate “The Fenian”, John Devoy.  The Kildare County Council has expressed their full support of the work of the Committee and has agreed to erect the memorial commemoration of John Devoy in Poplar Square, Naas. The memorial, which as been commissioned, will be unveiled later this year in advance of the Centenary of the 1916 rising.

UPCOMING EVENTS

1. Reception For Mayor of Co. Kildare – March 15th
The reception for the mayor of Kildare Fiona O’ Loughlin and County Council executive Peter Carey will take place in the  Heritage Restaurant, located at 960 McLean Ave, Yonkers on Sunday afternoon March 15th from 4pm-7pm.

2. St Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Ave – March 17th
The Kildare Association will meet at West 48th Street
between 5th ave and 6th avenue
Marching time: 3:20pm.

3. Dinner Dance April 18th
Our annual dance enables Kildare people and their friends to get together for an evening of fun and chit chat. The Annual Dinner Dance will take place on Saturday April 18th.
At Dunwoodie Golf Club, Yonkers, New York
From 7:30pm till 12:30am
Special Guest of Honor: Johnny Doyle

John Devoy Memorial

Dear Friends,

As many of you know my name is Mike Flood and I am formally from Kilmeade, Athy, County Kildare. I emigrated to this great country on January 31st, 1964 at 18 years old. I am here 50 years today. God Bless Ireland and God Bless the good old USA.

During the Vietnam War I was drafted in early 1968 and joined the United States Marine Corps on March 18, 1968. By the end of September 1968, I was on the ground in Vietnam. I was badly wounded on February 24th, 1969. After 3 months in hospitals, I was back in Vietnam with about four months to serve. I was wounded again in October 1969 this time by accidental friendly fire. I don’t understand why they call it “friendly fire” because it hurts like HELL and I was hospitalized for another three months. I still suffer from lots of Post-Traumatic Stress. However, I feel blessed, and perhaps, all of the above has inspired me to take on this project of honoring John Devoy, the “Forgotten Hero”. Enough about myself, now let’s finish this noble and historic cause and get the statue of John Devoy erected in Naas as soon as possible.

This project has been on my mind for about two years, ever since I read an Op-Ed piece in the Irish Echo by Terry Golway. What caught my eye was the name of Terry’s book, “The Irish Rebel” that was published in 1998. We know about the horrors of war. Let our cause be about honoring history and a great Kildare man, John Devoy, who fought so diligently for the cause of Irish Freedom. Let’s get the statue up in Poplar Square, Naas A.S.A.P.

A special welcome to our committee: Care Barry-Castledermond, John Duggan-Coil Dubh, Chris and Cathy Burke-Naas and Mayo, Pat Smyth-Carbury, Sister Anne Keegan-New Y9ork City (her father is from Carbury), Glenda Rooney-Newbridge and Garrett Doyle-Rath Gorragh Kill. Of course, this list can be added to.

We are all members of the Kildare Association, however, we are an independent subcommittee, tasked with the goal of raising money for erecting a bronze statue in honor of John Devoy in Poplar Square. The total cost of this project is still not entirely known, but rough estimates are: $15,000 for a “bust” (chest-head on a pedestal) or $30,000 for a life size statue. We will discuss all of the options and costs at f8utre meetings to be held at the Heritage Bar under the picture of th “Catalpa”, the ship used by John Devoy for his dramatic rescue of Irish prisoners from Western Australia.

In the Marines, the drill instructors would yell “JUMP” and we would reply with “HOW HIGH, SIR?” So, Let’s Jump. God Bless You All.

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