On March 27th 1915, Na Fianna Eireann held a Ceilidhe at the Banba Hall in Parnell Square, Dublin.
A report in ‘The Irish Volunteer’ on March 20th, detailed the upcoming event:
“Captain Eamon Martin has informed us that the Fianna Ceilidhe will be one of the best and jolliest social re-unions since Major Michael Lonergan left for America”.
“Commandant Eamon Ceannt, the author of Eire Uber Alles, will be there with his pipes. Eoghan O’Briain, resplendent in kilts, in conjunction with his allies the Celtic Glee Singers, will annihilate the foe with a broadside of blighting humour. Miss Mollie Byrne will charm all and sundry – with her singing, of course!!”
“There will be music and song by the most talented Irish Ireland artistes, and last there will be a new dance invented by Captain Eamon Martin called ‘Cor na bhFiann’ and presented by the officers of the Fianna. It is time the rank and file got a good laugh………”
Banba Hall photograph courtesy of Dublin City Library and Archive.