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Tipperary Sinn Féin commemorate in style – again

2016-03-29

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Tipperary Sinn Féin’s annual Easter commemorations have again been held to remember those who have gone before us in the on-going struggle to establish a Republic.

PRO Fachtna Roe said: “With traditional Republican parades and commemorations in all parts of the country being over-shadowed by the one-off interest of the Irish State, it’s a little humbling to see a new generation of Tipperary Republicans stepping up and continuing the traditions in the county.”

Tipperary is fortunate to have a resource as impressive as the young people in the Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band, who led each commemoration march. They provide the music and create a rhythmically sparkling atmosphere for each event.”

On Sunday the band marched through their home-town and didn’t miss a step or a beat even when the weather turned cold and stinging hailstones were flung from the sky. On Monday they basked in the Spring sun and filled the town of Golden with a stirring marching beat. On both occasions, parents and supporters alike were filled with pride, hope, and optimism.”

Cllr Martin Browne added, “We commemorated Tipperary’s signatory to the Proclamation, Tomás MacDonagh in Golden. We had the honour of having Sinn Féin Seanad candidate Cllr Máire Devine as the main speaker, who reminded us that the Irish State does not yet live up to the ideals of our Republican predecessors from 1916. Our numbers continue to grow, as more citizens realise that the job is not yet done. By reference to the past, these commemorations remind us of the challenges ahead.”

Cllr David Doran added, “We presented Máire with a camogie stick made here in Tipperary, a symbol of our common heritage that unites us across the island. It is part of our heritage also to strive for an equal and free island, a real Republic of the Irish that doesn’t just pay lip-service to the ideals of 1916.”

Cllr David Dunne added, “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, for Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter alike is part of our dream for all. We had the honour of having Kathleen Funchion TD with us in Carrick, who reminded us that no one can look at our island or at the Irish State today and claim all has been achieved. It hasn’t.”

We gathered today to honour those who went before us, and that we did in style. The young people in the band, the young people who gathered to watch, and the young people who performed interpretative dance on the bridge in Golden, are all part of our future. We best honour our past by working towards that better future together.”

Cllr Máire Devine said, “The ideals of the proclamation, guaranteeing religious and civil liberty, championing equal rights and equal opportunities for all citizens irrespective of creed, colour or gender, and cherishing all the children of the nation equally, are Sinn Féin’s core values. In this centenary year, I wish I could say that all these ideals have been achieved – that Ireland is now a better place. I wish I could tell you, that we now have the Republic dreamed of by MacDonagh, Pearse, Markievicz. I cannot, nor can anyone, state that.”

But Republicans can rightfully state that they haven’t, nor will they ever, stop working for that Republic to be made real.”

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Upcoming Commemorations

Community Announcement: Easter Sunday Commemoration

You are cordially invited to the Easter Sunday commemoration in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, on March 27th.

This will consist of a march from the Town Hall car park to the Republican plot in St Mary’s Cemetery.

The main speaker on the day will be Kathleen Funchion, recently elected Sinn Féin TD for Carlow/Kilkenny. The Chair will be former Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir, Liam Walsh.

Music will be provided by the excellent Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band.

All are very welcome, most especially those who choose to wear 1916 period costume.

Commemoration assembles 14:30, starts at 15:00.


Community Announcement: Easter Monday Commemoration

You are cordially invited to the Easter Monday commemoration in Golden, Co. Tipperary, on March 28th, to commemorate signatory to the 1916 Proclamation Tomás MacDonagh (of Cloughjordan).

Parade will assemble at the GAA grounds and march to the castle and commemorative monument at the bridge in Golden.

The main speaker on the day will be Cllr Máire Devine, Seanad candidate for Sinn Féin. The Chair will be Cllr David Doran of Thurles.

Music will be provided by the excellent Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band.

All are very welcome.

Commemoration assembles 11:30, starts at 12:00.

ENDS

Below are some images of Carrick-on-Suir RFB in action on Patrick’s Day, 2016.


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