We, of our time, have played our part in the perseverance, and we have pledged ourselves to the dead generations who have preserved intact for us this glorious heritage, that we, too, will strive to be faithful to the end, and pass on this tradition unblemished.
Here, in Cork district, you have in combination all the dangers which war can inflict.
If war comes upon us, it will come as a thief in the night.
We cannot afford idleness, waste or inefficiency.
When we have done our best, we can, as a united people, take whatever may befall with calm courage and confidence that this old nation will survive and if death should come to many of us, death is not the end.