INTO NATIONAL PRESIDENT ATTENDS CEREMONY AT NEW MARGARET SKINNIDER ROUNDABOUT IN MONAGHAN TOWN

6 May 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

“The Irish National Teachers Organisation is very mindful of Margaret Skinnider’s place not only in the history of our nation but in the history of cherishing all our children equally – she is a very important figure in the history of us all as a nation.”

So stated the current INTO National President Rosena Jordan of one of her predecessors in office, Margaret Skinnider, at a ceremony in Monaghan Town last Saturday marking the renaming of a roundabout near Park Street, at what is colloquially known as the “Convent Corner”, in honour of the significant 1916 revolutionary figure who has strong familial links with the North Monaghan area, specifically the Cornagilta area of Tydavnet.

Local historians Patsy Brady of Cornagilta and Pat McKenna from Dernasell East have done extensive work in recent years in illuminating the revolutionary’s paternal connections to their locality.

Margaret Skinnider was INTO National President in 1956 and played an important role in the trade union movement and as a feminist activist in the latter half of a life whose early years were distinguished by a devotion to the cause of Irish independence that saw her take a role in the front line of the Easter 1916 rebellion.

The renaming of the roundabout in her honour was recently agreed by the members of the Monaghan Municipal District, and Saturday’s event, which coincided with the official 1916 centenary commemoration events organised by Monaghan Co Council, was attended by a number of local public representatives as well as by members of the Margaret Skinnider Appreciation Society and representatives of the modern day Skinnider family.

Newly-elected Senator Robbie Gallagher joined with his former colleagues on the Municipal District Paudge Connolly, Brian McKenna, Sean Conlon and Seamus Treanor, while Co Councillors Pat Treanor and Cathy Bennett were also present. The Scottish and Irish national flags flew proudly from the beautifully planted roundabout itself, reflecting the heritage of a woman who once wrote, “Scotland is my home but Ireland is my country.”

The formalities in the vicinity of the newly renamed roundabout were officiated by Sinn Féin Co Council and Municipal District member Sean Conlon, who recalled the process of public consultation, in which the Margaret Skinnider Appreciation Society were closely involved, which had led to the…

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