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Unveiling of Tommy Scally Plaque

As one of the local events marking National Heritage Week, a plaque was unveiled beside his home on Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 12 noon.  There was a very large attendance at this simple but most meaningful ceremony.  Chairman of Williamstown Heritage Society, Leo Finnegan welcomed all to the gathering, outlined the background to the unveiling and referred to the fact that the late Tommy had achieved excellence in two branches of the arts, as a poet and as a traditional musician.  The plaque was then unveiled jointly by three of Tommy's cousins, Frank Collins, Farm and brothers Peter and Padraic Baggott, Cloonrelia, Ballinlough.  Then the plaque was blessed by Fr. Brendan McGuinness, P.P., who also said how appropriate it was to honour the memory of this talented local personality.  Before the ceremony concluded, one of Tommy's best-known poems "Cnocán Rua" was read by another member of the society, Maureen Lyons.




Angela and Frank Collins Farm, Eamon Kirrane Williamstown, Noel Tarmey Williamstown, Oliver Lennon Derryvode, Anne Marie Mulryan Williamstown

Leo Finnegan chairman of Williamstown Heritage Society speaking to those present from left Lynda Collier Williamstown, John Flynn Castlefield, Noreen Comer Corrolough, Celia Rattigan Pollarossa, Martin, Kathleen and Sarah Conneally Shanbally and Pat Patterson Islands



From Left Celia Rattigan, Michael Tarmey Moneen, Martin, Kathleen and Sarah Conneally, Pat Patterson, Maureen Lyons Corrolough, Fr Brendan Mc Guinness PP Williamstown, Michael Rattigan Pollarassa, Kitty Timothy USA