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Margaret Skinnider Roundabout

On Saturday, April 30th Councillors, members the Margaret Skinnider Society, members of the Skinnider family, and the President of the INTO, Rosena Jordan, and members of the public gathered at the Roundabout at the junction of Park Street and Clones Road for the renaming ceremony of the Roundabout, which will now be known as the Margaret Skinnider Roundabout. Representing the Council, Cllr, Sean Conlon introduced the occasion and gave a brief life story of Margaret Skinnader, whose parents came from the Cornagilta area but emigrated to scotland where Margaret was born. However she spent most of her life in Ireland and was actively involved as a sniper in the Eater 1916 Rising, based in the Royal College of Surgeons. She was wounded by three bullets and recovered in  hospital. She later became President of the INTO in 1956 and published a book about her life and experiences. He then asked Josephine O'Hagan, Chairperson of the Margaret Skinnider Society to speak. Josephine told of how the Society was founded and the research work carried out and what has been achieved to date. She also highlighted saome of the work planned for the future including a memorial garden and a Monument at Cornagilta in memory of Margaret. President Rosena Jordan then added her words and she spoke of the honour to be present at this occasion, which is honouring a former President of the INTO. She included some aspects of Margaret's life and times. Peter Keenan spoke on behalf of the Skinnider family and stated that they are very pleased that Margaret has been honoured in this way. Nora McKenna congratulated all involved in this event and pointed out that the Roundabout is situated in a very historical part of Monaghan town as it is surrounded with educational establishments and also the roadway through which many farmers and residents of the Tydavnet area would have passed in the early 1900's. President Jordan then led all in the singing of the National Anthem.

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