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Tuesday, April 10, 2012



Tómas delivering the main oration.

On Easter Saturday , 7th April 2012 , Republican Sinn Féin in Dublin set up a stall at the GPO in O'Connell Street , Dublin City Centre , from which T-shirts , 'Saoirse' newspapers , Republican leaflets and metal and ordinary Easter Lilies were sold/distributed : the two-hour event received a fantastic response from the hundreds of people that were in the area and, indeed , such was the success of the venture , that it may become a regular feature of RSF activity in Dublin for future Easter weekends.
On Easter Sunday , the usual Republican Commemoration was held in Deansgrange Cemetery where , apart from a touch of bad weather and the usual State monitoring ,all went according to plan : full details of both of these events will be published in the May 2012 edition of 'Saoirse' , which goes to print on Wednesday 2nd of that month.

On Easter Monday , Republicans who had gathered at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square marched , at 1.45pm , from there , down O'Connell Street - with a Piper , an RSF Colour Party and uniformed representatives from both Na Fianna Éireann and Cumann na mBan leading the way - and formed-up outside the GPO , where a small stage and lectern , a music system and speaker amplification system had been set up. The proceedings were Chaired by Andy Connolly , Dublin , and Tomás Ó Cléirigh gave the main oration. A Wreath was laid at the GPO by Margaret Mullen , and a message of support from Republican POW's was read out to the crowd. The Easter Statement from the leadership of the Republican Movement was read , as was the 1916 Proclamation. Five hundred 'packs' of Republican leaflets were distributed on the day , between 12 Noon and 3pm , totalling over two-thousand leaflets
(150 'packs' with 3 leaflets , 150 with 4 leaflets and 200 with 5) and, had we had more , we could have shifted those as well !
We publish with this brief report a few pics , more of which can be viewed on this 'Facebook' page , as can a couple of videos from the Commemoration and a brief video from the 'Get Together' (!) we had afterwards - also available at that link is a pic from the CABHAIR raffle which we held on Easter Sunday 8th April , the results of which will be posted here tomorrow , in our usual Wednesday offering , included in which will be further details concerning the 'Inkgate' affair , during which we will be introducing 'Pat' , a contender for the inky throne..... So take a peek at our pics and go to that 'Facebook' page for more - and check back with us tomorrow evening for more of the same , more or less !

RSF Colour Party forms-up at the GPO.

NFE at the GPO , Easter Monday , 9th April 2012.

NFE and RSF Colour Party.

Dipping of the Flags.

NFE close-up.

RSF Colour Party faces the GPO.

View from the Front....

...and the view through the Green.

How did this get in here.....bloody tourists (hello Mr and Mrs J!)
Thanks for reading,