I am writing this letter to ask for your help with raising awareness, and with Fundraising, for the erection of a full size bronze statue of FORGOTTEN IRISH HERO JOHN DEVOY, in a place of prominence, in the Town of Naas County Kildare Ireland. Which is where John Devoy is from.
I am a part of the John Devoy Memorial Committee, a sub Committee of the Kildare association in New York. That is why this project is so near and dear to my heart.
John Devoy was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, he was caught and imprisoned in England for his role for the fight for Irish freedom, from the oppression and the atrocities, committed against the people of Ireland by the British empire. On his release from prison he came to America, and became a founding member of Clan Na Gael, where he continued to raise awareness of the plight of the Irish people.
He was one of the main architects and people responsible for the 1916 Easter Rising.
After his death, his remains were brought back to Ireland for Burial in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, Ireland, where he received a State funeral. Not only was he an Irish hero, he was an Irish-American hero, and deserves proper recognition for his sacrifice and service in the pursuit of the freedom of the Irish people.
I would like to ask you please, brothers, for each division to make a donation to this significant and worthy cause. Seeing as next year marks the 100 anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, hopefully making a donation to this project could be part of your 1916 Easter Rising centennial commemorations. We plan on erecting the statue in October of this year.
Donations can be made out to: The County Kildare Association JDM fund, 78 Walnut Avenue, Floral Park, NY 11001.
On behalf of the John Devoy memorial committee, I would like to thank you in advance for your generosity and support. To those of you already aware of this project and are working with us, thank you for your continued generosity and support.
In our Motto,
President AOH Division 18 – Peekskill
Immigration Chairman AOH Westchester County