Dáithí Ó Conaill Commemoration , Dublin : Sunday January 1 , 2012 – brief report and photographs.
Approximately fifty Irish Republicans assembled at Glasnevin Cemetery Gates just before 1pm today and formed-up behind a Republican Sinn Féin Colour Party ; the assembly then marched to the grave of Dáithí Ó Conaill , for the Annual Commemoration.
The Chairperson , Andy Connolly , welcomed all those present and briefly outlined the history of the man being commemorated and began proceedings by calling on Padráig Ennis to step forward , as per the request of the Ó Conaill family, to deliver a Decade of the Rosary , in Irish…..
…following which Andy reminded the crowd that , unlike some today who are attempting to operate for self-gain under a cloak of ‘republicanism’ , Dáithí Ó Conaill had nothing but harsh words for those who tried to use Irish Republicanism for their own ends , a point which was later reiterated by Lita Ní Cathmhaoil , Republican Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle , in the main oration which she presented to the gathering.
The Chairperson then asked ex-POW , Seán Ó Sé , to play a tin-whistle Lament to The Dead , following which a wreath was laid on the grave by Republican Sinn Féin President , Des Dalton –
– and the Chairperson then asked the gathering to stand to attention as the Colour Party dipped their flags in honour of Dáithí Ó Conaill :
Bringing proceedings to a finish , the Chairperson requested the Colour Party to stand to attention as the National Anthem was played on the whistle by Seán….
….after which those present – apart from the six armed ‘Special Branch’ operatives – were invited to a local pub for refreshments. A full report , including the complete text of the main oration, will be available in the January 2012 issue of ‘Saoirse’ ,which goes to print on Thursday , the 12th of the month.
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