At present, there is a dedicated committee from the parish near Captain O’Neill’s native home place of Tralibane, who have erected a life-size bronze monument depicting O’Neill playing a flute. They have also constructed a commemorative wall as well as a plaque at the Tralibane bridge. Every year, there is a mid-summer dance festival held at the monument as well as open-air Pattern Days to honour the man who saved Irish Music. A book by Nicholas Carolan about O’Neill is aptly titled “A harvest Saved”.
The O’Neill Walks
The O’Neill Walks began on the 17th August 2000. The walks are well attended and thread their way, by various routes, through the parish and end at the Captain Francis O’Neill monument. Refreshments (compliments of Clona, Carbery and Irish Yogurts) are served on the way at either the Tralibane Bridge or at O’Neills Birthplace.
Each year Timmy McCarthy puts a lot of effort into devising different and interesting routes. Examples of previous walks are: From Aughaville, Bothar Glas, to the Captain O’Neill monument via Tralibane Bridge;
From Dromore School via Pound Road , Tralibane Bridge, O’Neill’s birthplace to the Captain O’Neill monument;
From Colomane Bar, via Derrishal, O’Neill’s birthplace to the Captain O’Neill monument;
From Murdering Glen via Tralibane Bridge, O’Neill’s birthplace to the Captain O’Neill monument;
From Dromore School via Dromore Mill, Inchbegga, Derryishal, O’Neill’s birthplace to the Captain O’Neill monument;
From Colomane Bar via Saint Colmen’s Well, North Colomane and ending at the Captain O’Neill monument;
From Lough Bofinna lake via Glandart, Tralibane Bridge, O’Neill’s birthplace and onwards to the Captain O’Neill monument.
We look forward to the announcement of the 2011 route.
The annual O’Neill Walk for 2011 will take place from Glounathnaw to the Monument via Glandart Bridge, Trailibane Bridge, O’Neill’s Birthplace arriving in time for the pattern. Refreshments will be served on the way. Details from Timmy McCarthy @ 086 603131. Assembly point at O’Driscolls Pub Aughaville and transport is provided to Glounathnaw at 1p.m.