EASTER MONDAY 2015 DUBLIN : STATE PAGEANTRY V REPUBLICAN COMMEMORATION.
The two wreaths which were laid by RSF on Easter Monday (6th April) 2015 in Dublin city centre.
Due to the RTE fancy dress/carnival 'celebration' of 1915 (not as it was, in reality, as expected from that propaganda institution) the main RSF Easter Commemoration which is held in Dublin on Easter Monday , could not adhere to its decades-old route (from the Garden of Remembrance to the GPO in O'Connell Street) as, apart from the heavier-than-usual harassment from the State gardaí and the Special Branch, no road traffic was allowed onto O'Connell Street meaning that the RSF stage unit and lectern could not be transported to the site.
RSF stewards decided to just use the stage amplification system on its own at the assembly point, the Garden of Remembrance, and announcements were made stating that the commemoration was to proceed almost as planned ie that wreaths would now be laid and a few words delivered at the side of the GPO and also in Moore Street (pics re same here, here and here) and, at about 2.30pm, hundreds of people marched from the assembly point to commemorate the Irish men and women (and others) who challenged the British Empire re its hold on Ireland.
As it happened, the different route did not deter the organisers or their supporters from turning out in their hundreds on the day, at which a total of 2,000 leaflets were distributed and three hundred 1916 Proclamations were sold, as well as dozens of Easter Lily badges being distributed. Despite the efforts of the State(/Irish Water) 'police' and their supporters in RTE, republicans triumphed on Easter Monday 2015 in Dublin!
A full report and more pics of this commemoration will be published in the April 2015 issue of 'Saoirse', which goes to print on Wednesday, 15th April.
Thanks for reading, Sharon.