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Float Commemorating 1913 Lockout not allowed to participate in Dublin's St Patrick's Day Parade


topcat4

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The Organisers of the Dublin St Patrick's Day parade refused to allow a Trade Union Float participate in the parade that wanted to commemorate the 1913 lockout.

The reason they gave was the float wasn't in theme with The Gathering which they stated was the main theme of the parade. A quick look at their terms and conditions for participants (link below) does not state anything at all about The Gathering.

Below is also a link to the members of the festival team, I wonder which of them is prepared to except responsibility for this cultural censorship?



Float Banned | Broadsheet.ie

St. Patrick (Festival Team and Board Members)

Terms & Conditions |  St. Patrick

FESTIVAL TEAM

Acting Chief Executive: Edelle Moss
Administration Manager: Maeve Withington
Creative Director: Susanna Lagan
Marketing Manager: Niamh Donnellan
Head of Production: Tony Killeen
Financial Controller: Mary Leane
Marketing & Design Executive: Clare Flynn
Corporate Engagement & Development Executive: Emily Barton
Accounts Administrator: Ted Kavanagh
Hospitality/Groups Executive: Natasha Purtill
People’s Parade Coordinator: Natalie Hans
People’s Parade Production Co-Ordinator: Elaine O’Connor
Parade Director David ‘Spud’ Murphy
Production Co-Ordinator: Tom Rohan
Programming Project Manager: Laura Larkin
Outreach Programme Manager: Karen Walshe
Reception: Jilly Mc Donough
Hospitality Assistant: Ashling Plunkett
Programming Assistant: Afah McGovern
Outreach Programming Assistant (Studio): Ruth Murray
PR Assistant: Sarah Whiteacre
Production Assistant: John May
Sponsorship Assistant: Ruth Phelan

St. Patrick’s Festival Board Members

David Harvey (Chair), Conor Kennedy , Grainne Byrne, Tony O’Dálaigh, Dermot Horan, Vincent Norton, Simon Gregory, Paul Wyse, Keith McCormack.
 


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i never recovered from the ones in the 1980's , I still have "ADT Security" ringing in my ears. If its just a bit of safe diddleyi for the tourists fair enough, but it should allow parody or historical references once its not overly hijacked for political ends
 

ruserious

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The Gathering has been a flop to date.
 

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This was covered by the Sunday Times. Seemingly the Board were not happy with the 2 proposals submitted by TU however they did not refuse permission for a commemorative float. They simply suggested that any float should be of a design that would be in keeping with the theme of the parade.
 

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Please don't embarrass the stickies.
 

topcat4

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One of the proposed Trade Union floats was a massive Cash Register accompanied by a Yeats poem entitled September 1913, was this the main reason for refusal?


September 1913


What need you, being come to sense,
But fumble in a greasy till
And add the halfpence to the pence
And prayer to shivering prayer, until
You have dried the marrow from the bone;
For men were born to pray and save;
Romantic Ireland's dead and gone,
It's with O'Leary in the grave.

Yet they were of a different kind,
The names that stilled your childish play,
They have gone about the world like wind,
But little time had they to pray
For whom the hangman's rope was spun,
And what, God help us, could they save?
Romantic Ireland's dead and gone,
It's with O'Leary in the grave.

Was it for this the wild geese spread
The grey wing upon every tide;
For this that all that blood was shed,
For this Edward Fitzgerald died,
And Robert Emmet and Wolfe Tone,
All that delirium of the brave?
Romantic Ireland's dead and gone,
It's with O'Leary in the grave.

Yet could we turn the years again,
And call those exiles as they were
In all their loneliness and pain,
You'd cry `Some woman's yellow hair
Has maddened every mother's son':
They weighed so lightly what they gave.
But let them be, they're dead and gone,
They're with O'Leary in the grave.
 

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This is a disgrace.

The lock out was an important event in Irish history.

Also I see animals are not allowed. So they do not allow Irish wolfhounds.
Yes. Very strict about this. Some very important "snouts in the trough" even had to leave the country to go to parades elsewhere.

Though members of the Ahern family showed up.
 

topcat4

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This was covered by the Sunday Times. Seemingly the Board were not happy with the 2 proposals submitted by TU however they did not refuse permission for a commemorative float. They simply suggested that any float should be of a design that would be in keeping with the theme of the parade.
Splitting hairs?????
 

RobertW

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All designed so as not to embarrass the governing parties - especially Labour.

There cannot be any other reasonable conclusion
 

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Have you an opinion on the substance of the OP?

I do agree though, The Gathering should be judged at the end of 2013.
Well without seeing the proposed float its hard to say - but the parade is resolutely non-political, and it could be that what was being proposed went against that.
 

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