In 1966, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Easter Rising, a branch library – dedicated to Thomas MacDonagh – was opened in Cloughjordan. Mrs Barbara Redmond, his daughter, formally opened the library.
In her address, she said: “Thomas MacDonagh never thought in terms of flags or victories in the field of arms and glory. His were the victories of intelligence, the open mind, the educated community, with the poor man’s child an equal sharer in the benefits that flow from an educated mind.” The legacy of MacDonagh continues to be honoured through the presence of the library in Cloughjordan.
Moira Sheppard was appointed librarian in 1966. Her dedicated service was followed by Martina Naughnane, and then Mrs Marie Brady, who served as librarian from 1988 until her retirement in 2021. The Library was closed from March 2020 until May 2023, due to Covid and the recruitment of a new librarian.
The Golden Jubilee in1966 was a huge occasion in Cloughjordan, given that Thomas MacDonagh played such a key role in the Easter Rising. Also on this day, the official opening of MacDonagh Park took place, the home of Cloughjordan’s Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA club.
On May 3rd, 2013, the anniversary of the execution of Thomas MacDonagh, the new Library and Heritage Centre was officially opened in Cloughjordan by Minister Jimmy Deenihan amid a weekend of local celebrations
Photo of opening of Library on Easter Sunday 1966
The MacDonagh family was represented by:
Thomas’ daughter Bairbre Redmond, and her children Muriel, Lucille and Helen.
Thomas’ son Donagh’s children Niall MacDonagh and Barbara (MacDonagh) Cashin
Thomas’ brother John’s widow Eileen MacDonagh (nee Heneghan)
Thomas’ brother Joe’s son Tom and his wife Ann MacDonagh, and Joe’s daughter Moll (MacDonagh) Lemass
Thomas’ sister Nell’s son Arthur Bingham and his wife Peggy Bingham (nee Cleary)
Peggy Bingham’s sister Sally and her husband Fred Sheppard
Also in the photo: Aileen Bingham? Owen MacDonagh
Also in the photo: Charles Haughey TD, Monsignor PJ Hamell
Photo of Easter Sunday 1966, Thomas MacDonagh pipe band from Templemore, marching on Main Street for 50th anniversary
Photo of Easter Sunday 1966, – official opening of MacDonagh park, organised by Roche Williams and Michael Banaghan. L to R, Roche Williams, Muriel Redmond, Lucille Redmond, Barbra Redmond, Tom MacDonagh, Lieutenant Michael J (MJ) Costello, Charlie Haughey, Michael Banaghan, Fr Hewitt.