The Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation would like to thank the Ballyphehene Community Centre, Cork, and all its staff for inviting us to use their spacious premises to put on our Irish War of Independence Exhibition & Display. The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Catherine Clancy, officially opened the event and ceremony to the delight of all those present. A plaque with a beautiful inscribed metal mounted 1916 Proclamation was donated to the Centre and indeed to the Community of Ballyphehane on behalf of the IV Organisation. This was mounted on the exterior of the entrance to the building and unveiled by Mr. William James McGuire, President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, followed with a speech by him explaining not only of the significance, but the importance of this outstanding Proclamation. Following a guided tour around the exhibition by Mr. Pat O’Hagan and Mr. Garry O’Brien of the Irish Volunteers senior staff, The Lord Mayor gave a fantastic speech to all those present inside the building.

People from far and wide attended the exhibition, bringing with them family heirlooms such as old documents, medals, photos and many more such historical items to show, share, and in many cases seek advice on tracing their ancestors service in the Irish Volunteers period 1913-1923. This is something that we encourage locals to do when we visit an area with our historical exhibition. A steady flow of visitors came to see our show, and it was a pleasure for all of us to see such an interest and enthusiasm from all those who attended.

It is our aim in the Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation to promote and preserve the history of the Irish Volunteers 1913-1923. We are a historical society, non political and non profit Organisation. We help promote our history through the exhibitions we do throughout the entire country. Our next exhibition will be held in the historical Wynn’s Hotel in Abbey Street, Dublin on the 28th September 2013, and after that, it is onto Belfast, (date to be released).

We would just like to wish you all very well, thank you for coming along and making it the great day that it was, and hope to see you all again soon. In the meantime, check out our web page at or you can keep in touch on our Face Book page. New members are always welcome, so why not join and be part of it all.

Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation


A great day was had in Cork City today at our 1916 Proclamation Ceremony and opening by the Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Catherine Clancy. It was great to meet so many members of the public bringing in medals and documents belonging to their relatives and who fought in the war for independence 1916-1923. A special thanks to Billy McGuire, President e IRB, and a big thanks to Garry O’Brien and Brian Crowley, kevin Cross and all the Cork members for a very warm welcome. Great to see them all again. And last but not least.. my very good friend Gerry Monks for all his help and kindness today.

Councillor Catherine Clancy, Lord Mayor of Cork. Catherine is married to Martin and is a mother to 3 grown up children, Aoife, Bryan and Colin
Catherine’s Brother is Ciaran Lynch TD. representing the South Central Constituency. Catherine’s Sister in Law is Kathleen Lynch T.D. Minister of State, Department of Health, Department of Justice, Equality & Defence with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health.

Billy McGuire addresses the Baile Féitheain community & unveils a  19116 Proclamation.

William James McGuire, President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood along with the Irish Volunteer Commemorative Organisation, recently heald a 1916 Proclamation Ceremony and Irish war of Independence Display at Ballyphehane Community center.

A 1916 Proclamation was donated to the area by the Irish Volunteer Commemorative Organisation, and unveiled by Billy McGuire who is current President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.

In this video both the 1916 Proclamation and the Irish Declaration of Independence were read out aswell as Billy McGuire addressing the Ballyphehane community.