The Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation wish all our members,supporters and Friends a happy and peaceful Christmas. We also remember our deceased members.

 

These, through a hundred years of gloom and doubting,
Speak trumpet-toned today
Above the cry of creed and faction´s shouting,
To tread the olden way.

These, in the hearts of all true men waken
The olden fires anew;
These tell of hope unquenched and faith unshaken,
Of something still to do.

They bring us visions, full of tears and sorrow,
Of homes and hearts left lone;
Of eyes grown dim with watching for a morrow,
Of joy that never shone.

But too, they whisper notes of preparation
And strength beyond the seas;
Of hope outliving night and desolation
Through all the centuries.

Then to the staff-head let our flag, ascending
Our fires on every hill,
Tell to the nations of the earth attending
We wage the battle still.

William Rooney

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