The Republican Movement held a worthy , justified and dignified ceremony today , Sunday 29th May 2011 , at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin , to cleanse the immediate area of any stain left there by an English ‘queen’ and those that accompanied her : approximately fifty Republican Sinn Féin members and supporters assembled just inside the entrance gate , where Des Dalton , Fergal Moore and RSF Patron , Ruairí Ó Brádaigh each addressed the gathering , outlining the need for such a ceremony , as the Garden had recently been defiled by the presence of both Free State and Westminster ‘establishment’ figures , who attempted to use the venue as ‘proof’ that all was now ‘normal’, politically and militarily, between Ireland and England !
Those speaking today challenged that claim , pointing out that political and military ‘normalisation’ is impossible under the present circumstances ie whilst Westminister continues to claim jurisdictional control over any part of Ireland , and whilst that ‘control’ is enforced , politically and militarily , by Westminster.
Republican Sinn Féin members read aloud the 1916 Proclamation and the Declaration of Independence , to resounding cheers from the assembled crowd and the many tourists that had gathered to observe proceedings , a Laurel Wreath was laid and proceedings were brought to an end by the reading of a William Butler Yeats poem , ‘The Rose Tree’.
On a personal note I want to add that ,on looking back at the Garden as we left, it seemed as if it was a different venue to the one we had assembled in an hour previously – it seemed to be re-invented , reinvigorated and regenerated : as if pond scum had been removed from the very waters…..
We publish with this post a few pictures of the event , of which more of same – and a proper report – will be available in the June 2011 issue of ‘Saoirse‘ , which goes to print on Wednesday 8th of that month.
Finally : a report and some pictures regarding the CABHAIR Testimonial function can be seen on our main site , ‘1169 And Counting…‘ , post dated Sunday 29th May 2011. Thanks for the visit !