The Cobh Branch of the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel ( O.N.E. ). Held an exhibition, its first, in the Port of Cork Maritime Building located at Cobh Railway Station on Saturday January 14th. 2017. The exhibition, which could be described as a photographic history of the Cobh Branch, was a wonderful success.
The exhibition was opened by Mr. Liam Ó Riordan, son of John ( Pop ) Ó Riordan, one of the Branch founder members. Liam, reminiscing of boyhood times, told of branch meetings being held in what was then called the ‘ Front Room ‘ of their home. Should the meeting become somewhat stormy, that, said Liam, would be the cue for his mother Lena to enter the ‘ Front Room ‘ with the mandatory tea and sandwiches. Liam figured his mother was an ‘ Unsung Peacekeeper ‘ . Liam said he was delighted and honoured to be invited to open the exhibition.
The C.E.O. of O.N.E., Mr. Ollie Ó Connor, who travelled from Drogheda for the occasion, in his address complimented the Cobh Branch members on their very impressive exhibition and went on to say that although a small branch in comparison to many throughout the country, it has always punched above its weight.
Cobh Branch member, Tim Mc Sweeney, who’s brainchild it was to have the exhibition, thanked the Port of Cork for the use of the Maritime Building and their staff who were of tremendous help. He thanked those who gave their cherished family photographs for the exhibition. He had a special word of thanks for his wife , Anne, for her immense help.
Domhnall Mac Cárthaigh F.S. ( P.R.O. Cobh Branch O.N.E. )