“We believe in the establishment of a National Parliament representative of the people of Ireland. In an Ireland where social justice is a reality and not a political catch-cry. In an Ireland where our language and culture enhance our life and are not objects of scorn and derision . In an Ireland where past dissensions are a forgotton memory and Irish people, irrespective of creed, live in peace and prosperity.”
(Dáithí Ó Conaill, Bodenstown oration, 1970.)
The Annual Dáithí Ó Conaill Commemoration was held today , Thursday , 1st January 2009 , in Glasnevin Cemetery , Dublin . Approximately fifty people were present , all of whom were harassed in one way or another by one or more of the Special Branch operatives in the Cemetery . The proceedings were chaired by Des Dalton and the main Oration was delivered by Tomás Ó Cléirigh who, during a riveting speech , emphasised how the political society on this isle is the complete opposite of that which Dáithí Ó Conaill worked for : that , instead of a fair and equal society , we have a corrupt ‘mé féin’ culture , politically imposed and encouraged by the imposters and their ‘Yes Men’ in Leinster House , for whom no deed is below contempt .
The full text of Tomás Ó Cléirigh’s speech and some photographs of the Commemoration can be seen in the January 2009 issue of ‘Saoirse’, which will be published on January 7th next.
Following the Commemoration , most of those present retired to a local pub for refreshments , which had been organised in advance by the Organising Committee . We publish with this post five photographs of the Commemoration , with another five published on our ‘Sister’ blog , here (post dated Thursday January 1st 2009) .
More pics at the above-mentioned link : Slán go fóill anois agus go raibh maith agat!