BRIEF REPORT AND A FEW PICS RE THE EAMONN CEANNT COMMEMORATION HELD IN CRUMLIN , DUBLIN , ON SUNDAY 17th AUGUST 2008 :
Between the 75mm of rain that fell on this isle last night and in the early hours of this morning (Sat 16th/Sun 17th) and the threatened 'at-least-75mm-more' that the forecasters have said is on the way in the next few hours - we not only had a dry spell for the Eamonn Ceannt Commemoration in Crumlin , Dublin , on Sunday afternoon but actually enjoyed 21 degrees sunshine as well!
About thirty people were at the Eamonn Ceannt Memorial Stone in the park named after the man , between 1pm and 2pm , as the Commemoration Chairperson , Andy Connolly , Dublin, welcomed them and gave a brief outline of Eamonn Ceannt's involvement in the on-going struggle for national liberation . Following a minutes silence and the dipping of flags by the Colour Party in honour of Eamonn Ceannt , the Oration was delivered by Tomás Ó Cléirigh , who went into some detail concerning Ceannt's earlier life and the tribulations he endured as a direct result of his republicanism .
Following the laying of a wreath , the Chairperson drew comparisons between that which Eamonn Ceannt believed in and suffered for and that which republicans face today - the same objective is being fought for and the same methods employed by a like-minded foe , both native and foreign , to prevent that outcome : " But to no avail , as the Cause now is as just as it was then and the same Spirit is in today's republicans as was present in Eamonn Ceannt and his comrades..."
Those present were thanked for making the journey and the proceedings were brought to a finish by Andy singing Amhrán na bhFiann.
The makings of a Commemoration...
...RSF Colour Party..
...Andy Connolly , Chairperson.
A full report of this Commemoration will be carried in the September 2008 issue of 'Saoirse' , which will be available on Wednesday 3rd of that month . More pics can be seen here and on this thread .