9am , Saturday 13th November 2010 – the Ard Fheis begins.
Although we had a two-day ‘Visitors Pass’ , we could only stay at the Ard Fheis for the Saturday morning session , as we had volunteered to assist in the collection of 650 raffle tickets from various locations around Dublin , and to attend the raffle itself , which was to be held in a different hotel to the Ard Fheis venue , on that Sunday afternoon. More on that raffle later.
An assembly of seven ‘Special Branch’ operatives were kept busy at the entrance to the hotel and, as usual , they didn’t distinguish between the hundreds of Republicans that attended the Ard Fheis and the hotel guests , and were observed ‘talking to’ the UTV camera crew that covered part of the proceedings today , Sunday 14th.
Messages of support for the Republican Sinn Féin organisation and for Des Daltons leadership of same were read out from the speakers lectern by representatives from CABHAIR , Cumann na mBan and Na Fianna Éireann , and similar messages were either delivered in person or read out on behalf of affialiated support groups and organisations in England , Scotland , Canada and America , to loud applause from the assembled Republicans.
The RSF Ard Chomhairle announced that new RSF/Saoirse websites will be launched in the next few days , which should be better able to deal with the volumes of traffic being received –
‘Web Development’ talk…..
A fund-raising raffle like the one held today has been held every month , by the same Raffle Crew , since the mid-1970’s. As is usually the case , the full compliment of tickets (650) was sold. Please note that this was not the ‘RSF National Draw’ , for which thousands of tickets were sold , which was also held today , but in the Ard Fheis venue. For the record , here are some of the details of the eight winners of the monthly draw : 1st – Winnie , ticket No. 374 / 2nd Cathy , 10 / 3rd Anthony 144 / 4th Paul 123 / 5th Joe 473 Joe / 6th James 15 / 7th Sharon 410 and 8th Alana 445.
We’ll finish this post by congratulating Republican Sinn Féin Poblachtach on a successful Ard Fheis, and by stating our belief that the ‘Raffle Crew’ we worked with today at the monthly raffle are a sincere and dedicated group of Irish Republicans ,as are those that were at the Ard Fheis , the RSF leadership and the many people that work ‘behind the scenes’ in ensuring that the whole operation works. They are a credit to themselves and to Republicanism !
Thanks for reading,