(UPDATE : the President of Republican Sinn Fein, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, will be interviewed by journalist Tom McGurk – in a rare but welcome breach of that radio stations ‘Section 31’ mentality – next Saturday , August 9 , 2008 , between 9am and 10am . RTÉ Radio 1 is available to listen to online using Windows Media Player or Real Player)
EIGHT IRISH REPUBLICAN COMMEMORATIONS/FUNCTIONS IN THIS , THE EIGHT MONTH OF 08…..
2) August 10th : the annual Goss and Gaughran Commemoration will be held on Sunday August 10th at 2.30pm in St Patricks Cemetery in Dundalk , County Louth. The Lisdoo Arms is the assembly point , and Des Dalton is the main speaker .
3) August 10th : the unveiling of the Memorial to IRA Captain Michael Danford will take place on Sunday August 10th at Ballysimon Road in Limerick . The event is organised by ‘The Limerick Republican Graves Association’ .
4) August 16th : a Republican Commemoration will be held in Croom , County Limerick , on Saturday August 16th , where Seamus Ó Suilleabháin will be the main speaker . The assembly point is in Croom Village at 3pm.
5) August 22nd : the Thomas Harte Cumann of Republican Sinn Fein has booked the ballad group ‘The Foggy Dew’ to play at a social function on Friday August 22nd . The venue is ‘The Forester’s Club’ , North Street , Lurgan in County Armagh . All Welcome!
6) August 24th : a Commemoration in honour of all 22 Hunger Strikers will be held in the Garden Of Remembrance in the Old Jail in Wexford on Sunday August 24th at 3pm.
7) August 29 : a ‘Welcome Home!’ function will be held on Friday August 29th in Bundoran in County Donegal for Gerard Mooney – details to follow at a later date.
8) August 30th : the Annual H-Block Hunger Strike Commemoration will be held on Saturday August 30th in Bundoran in county Donegal . The assembly point is the East End , it starts at 3pm and the Speakers are Dan Hoban, Micheál Óg Lavelle and Bob Loughman.
(Postscript: in order not to ruin our snappy (!) headline , we are only now mentioning two other August ’08 events – a Social Function in aid of the County Roscommon IRA Commemoration Committee , held on Friday August 1st in the Croghan Bar in County Roscommon and the monthly Dublin Raffle , organised by ‘The Second Sunday Crew’ , which will be held in a Social Club on the Dublin/Kildare border on Sunday August 10th next . The aforementioned ‘snappy’ headline took our ‘Junior’ hours to conjuer up and we hadn’t the heart to ruin it on him 😉 ….)