International Workers Day, 1st of May.

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'The 1st of May is international workes day and we invite all trade union members, community activists, political activists and members of progressive political parties to join us in celebrating.

International Workers Day was initially founded to serve as an eternal reminder of the Haymarket Massacre of 1886 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair) and grew to be a holiday and event celebrated all over the world.

Every siingle country in the world recognizes the importance of this day and has a celebration for it. Cork, like Dublin and Belfast will be host to our own march.

Bring your banners, flags and comrades and march in the name of working class solidarity!'
 


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'The 1st of May is international workes day and we invite all trade union members, community activists, political activists and members of progressive political parties to join us in celebrating.

International Workers Day was initially founded to serve as an eternal reminder of the Haymarket Massacre of 1886 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair) and grew to be a holiday and event celebrated all over the world.

Every siingle country in the world recognizes the importance of this day and has a celebration for it. Cork, like Dublin and Belfast will be host to our own march.

Bring your banners, flags and comrades and march in the name of working class solidarity!'
I see there is no invite for the hard pressed non-unionised workers, who happen to be the majority of workers in this State. Thanks for that "Comrade"
 

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Thanks for your important feedback.

See you on the 1st of May!
 

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This is beginning to look like a gathering from The Popular People's Front of Judea.
 

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Do yez need a band? Mates rates koramde...
 

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Are the self-employed welcome ?
Yes. The self-employed Deliveroo young entrepreneurs will be cycling along to join the celebration for five minutes with their boxes on their backs---unless they decide to give themselves a real treat and use the time for a bathroom break instead
 

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'The 1st of May is international workes day and we invite all trade union members, community activists, political activists and members of progressive political parties to join us in celebrating.

International Workers Day was initially founded to serve as an eternal reminder of the Haymarket Massacre of 1886 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair) and grew to be a holiday and event celebrated all over the world.

Every siingle country in the world recognizes the importance of this day and has a celebration for it. Cork, like Dublin and Belfast will be host to our own march.

Bring your banners, flags and comrades and march in the name of working class solidarity!'
If it's international workers day then surely it should be confined to those who actually work for a living?

'Community/Politics Activists' is usually just another word for nosy parkers who sits on their rear end all day when they're not out protesting about something or other. Most have never worked a day in their lives and that includes quite a few TD's too.
 

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Yes. The self-employed Deliveroo young entrepreneurs will be cycling along to join the celebration for five minutes with their boxes on their backs---unless they decide to give themselves a real treat and use the time for a bathroom break instead

What about the self-employed people who own deliveroo & employ countless tattooed & dreadlocked members of society ?
 

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Cork, like Dublin and Belfast will be host to our own march.
Some clarifications, please.

Does the garbled sentence above mean that there'll be one march or three separate ones?

Are pedantic ex-trade unionists with a right wing orientation welcome?

Is neat dress essential or am I expected to dress like Mick Wallace?

If I turn up, will Brendan Ogle pose for a selfie with me?

Thanks, comrade.

Oh and an afterthought - Ms. Mushroom, my loyal partner (she's actually my wife, but in these PC days, it's probably better to call her my partner) wants to know whether creche facilities will be provided for young socialamists?

Thanks again!
 
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'The 1st of May is international workes day and we invite all trade union members, community activists, political activists and members of progressive political parties to join us in celebrating.

International Workers Day was initially founded to serve as an eternal reminder of the Haymarket Massacre of 1886 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair) and grew to be a holiday and event celebrated all over the world.

Every siingle country in the world recognizes the importance of this day and has a celebration for it. Cork, like Dublin and Belfast will be host to our own march.

Bring your banners, flags and comrades and march in the name of working class solidarity!'

Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus by Guido Reni

Sorry to burst your Red bubble Mr K

- but it is actually the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker, the husband of Mary, Mother of Christ...

Stop trying to hijack the Feast days of Christian Saints!
 

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I hope it is better than this pathetic effort in 2015. Seems more like Noel Murphy's drinking buddies than anything else. Have the trade unions and trade council stopped attending this ? I remember years back there used to be a very impressive turn-out in respect of numbers and classy trade union banners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5tC7qM5vdU
 

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'The 1st of May is international workes day and we invite all trade union members, community activists, political activists and members of progressive political parties to join us in celebrating.

International Workers Day was initially founded to serve as an eternal reminder of the Haymarket Massacre of 1886 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair) and grew to be a holiday and event celebrated all over the world.

Every siingle country in the world recognizes the importance of this day and has a celebration for it. Cork, like Dublin and Belfast will be host to our own march.

Bring your banners, flags and comrades and march in the name of working class solidarity!'
Will there be tay laid on, or should I bring a flask ?
 

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Sorry to burst your Red bubble Mr K

- but it is actually the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker, the husband of Mary, Mother of Christ...

Stop trying to hijack the Feast days of Christian Saints!
Like most Christian festivals, the Catholic Church robbed them from pre-Christian times.
 

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Like most Christian festivals, the Catholic Church robbed them from pre-Christian times.
And then the dim socialists decided to follow the lead of their moral and intellectual superiors by re-robbing one of them for their own ends!
 

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The National Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Assemblies did hold that general strike on 1st May 1886. Over the next several days in Chicago that ended in the riots outside the McCormick Reaper factory, and the clash, with fatalities on both sides, at Haymarket Square — but by then it was 4th May 1886.

Before that there was St Tammany's Day. The original Tammany was the Delaware Indian from whom William Penn acquired the lands of Pennsylvania. So Tammany's Day was the boozy opening of the fishing season in Philadelphia. Come the spats over the Stamp Acts, the patriots elevated Tammany to sainthood, as a rival to celebrate instead of the four "British" saints (George, David, Andrew and ... err ... Patrick).

On 1st May 1783 Independence in Pennsylvania involved a ballad:
Of Andrew, of Patrick, of David and George,
What mighty achievements we hear!
Whilst none relates great Tammany's feats,
Although more heroic by far.
I think we can easily see why that was a one-hit wonder.

By 1785 Tammany gatherings were featuring the new American flag, and an imaginative portrait of Tammany. And hence Tammany Hall.

But May Day goes way, way back: ancient Rome celebrated with a ceremonial sacrifice of a sow in litter to Bona Dea (which suggests an earth-goddess in even earlier origin). We know the May Pole (presumably also a fertility festival) is at least 14th century, first in Wales and then in London. The Green Man (as in the South Porch, Gloucester Cathedral, and English churches beyond number), or Jack-in-the-Green has to be pre-Christian.
 


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