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Monday, April 01, 2013

RSF DUBLIN EASTER 2013 COMMEMORATIONS - BRIEF REPORT AND PICS.

Cait Trainor , RSF Ard Chomhairle, delivering the main oration at the GPO , Dublin, Easter Monday 2013 (1st April).

The Deansgrange Commemoration on Easter Sunday (31st March 2013) went as planned , but I won't have a report or pics re same for a few days - I do know that a decent crowd attended and that those at it received plenty of 'attention' from the Special Branch , but proceedings were not interrupted due to same.

Three of the regulars : Matt (left) , Dan on the stage and Paddy in the background, Easter Monday , Dublin, 2013.

The main Dublin commemoration was held today (Easter Monday , 1st April 2013) at the GPO in O'Connell Street - a very chilly O'Connell Street , but a dry one - at 2pm, after the parade had made its way to that venue from the Garden of Remembrance , where at least eight 'Special Branch' men and twelve of their uniformed colleagues done their best to upset proceedings, but failed to do so. An RSF Colour Party from Dublin led the way , followed by uniformed reps from Cumann na mBán and Na Fianna Éireann , and an Irish Republican band from the Occupied Six Counties was also in the Parade. Approximately 200 people stood with us in O'Connell Street at the GPO for the duration of the commemoration , with dozens more coming and going during the eighty-minute time frame. All 400 'leaflet packs' were distributed , as were sixty 'leaflet scrolls' , each of which contained three republican printed items.


Making its way from the GOR to the GPO......


....and arriving there.


Commemoration Chairperson Andy Connolly , opening proceedings.

A full report on the Deansgrange and the GPO Easter Commemorations will be published in the April 2013 edition of 'Saoirse' but , until then, the following few pics will have to do you !

"Unbroken Continuity" banner at the GPO ,Dublin , 1-4-13.


As viewed from the back.


Cait Trainor addressing the crowd.


Na Fianna Éireann member at the GPO , Dublin , Easter Monday , 1-4-13.


Dipping of the Flags , GPO , Dublin , Easter Monday , 1st April 2013.


....and two short videos here -







Apart from the usual (and expected) State harassment - more so at the Garden of Remembrance than at the GPO, where they were content to just view and record the proceedings - this Commemoration went as intended , and all concerned are to be congratulated for their work.

Thanks for reading, Sharon.