This year, 2013, is the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Irish Volunteers. It is a pivotal year for us.
Over the past years we have opened the Organisation to public membership, and this has been very enthusiastically taken up.
We have made a lot of new friends and continue to commemorate the Volunteers in a fitting way. It has been difficult at times to coordinate events around the country but we have made steady progress on this and feel we will have a great year of celebrations to mark the foundation.
We will be holding a major event in Dublin (The Irish Volunteers were founded in Dublin as you probably know) during the year and details will be announced about this at a later date.
We will also be holding large events in Cork city, Belfast and Derry and other locations are under consideration.
Because it is the 100th anniversary this year, we would ask all members (also non-members) to participate inasmuch as possible. Please make a huge effort this year and support us.
What can you do?
- Participate in the events when you are notified. We understand that many members are living outside of Ireland and can not easily travel to all the events but we hope to come to you over the next while.
- If you cannot attend an event, promote the event at a local level in your own area by advertising it (free ads, notice boards, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) We need all the help we can get.
- Commemorate the Volunteers in your own area. We will help out in any way we can. A small gesture is as good as a big one, e.g., a wreath on a lonely desolate spot speaks volumes. E-mail us with the details.
- Please also e-mail us with your suggestions and ideas for the coming year, If you feel that we should do an exhibition in your area then please let us know, no matter where it is. We have many members all over Ireland, Europe, North America, Australia and NZ and even further beyond, it may be possible. Constructive criticism is also welcome.
- If you are not a member it does not matter. You may be a member of another commemorative society or association. We will work with other groupings that commemorate the Irish Volunteers. That is our main concern, however we stress that we are non-political.
- Please submit articles etc. to the main site for posting.
- We work on a very tight budget. We receive and ask for no government grants from any quarter and pride ourselves on this. We are totally independent. Where we have shortfalls, and this is most occasions, the members pay out of their own pockets. Sponsorship and donations are always welcome in whatever form. No amount is too small.
- Lastly, don’t wait for others to do it – it wont happen. We have to do it ourselves.