Recap: Bodenstown United Republican Commemoration 2017

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The event in question has already transpired but this is just a visual recap/information post


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United Wolfe Tone Commemoration
Time for hope – time for radical change
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Oration: John Douglas of Mandate
Bodenstown
2:30pm … 20 August 2017

As part of its continuing work to encourage better understanding, co-operation and unity of action among all those who wish to see real and meaningful change in the political, economic, social and cultural structures of our country, the Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum is planning to hold a united commemoration at the grave of Theobald Wolfe Tone in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare, on Sunday 20 August at 2:30 p.m.

As you are aware, Tone was and is a towering figure in Irish history, someone who struggled hard to establish a better understanding of and bring unity to our people. His legacy is one in which the “people of no property” would be masters of their own destiny, uniting our people regardless of religious differences, believing that such unity was a central and essential element in achieving that goal.

The Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum believes that this still is and must be a central goal of all progressive-minded individuals and organisations throughout our country. That is why we are extending an invitation to trade unions, community organisations, women’s and youth organisations to take part in this non-sectarian and indeed anti-sectarian celebration of the ideals of Theobald Wolfe Tone, the founder and inspiration of modern secular, democratic republicanism, in an increasingly diverse Ireland. We wish to make it a gathering of all those who feel that it is time to present a radical alternative to all our people, from Antrim to Cork.

We need to begin the difficult but necessary task that once again places first the interests of the “people of no property”: working people, the people who create all wealth yet wait in line for housing, health services, education, and social services, who daily experience cuts in the services they rely on—a movement that reflects the richness and diversity of our people, for building a society free from poverty and unemployment, for creating a society built on solidarity.

Throughout the country, working people witness and experience daily the growing disparity of wealth between the rich and powerful and those who struggle to make ends meet. We witness our families being scattered across the world through emigration. It is working people who are experiencing their wages and pensions being cut, who are the victims of zero-hour contracts and precarious employment.

We need to build a movement that will challenge external domination and control and the institutions and structures that restrict the capacity of Irish working people to exercise unfettered control over all economic and political decisions that affect their lives—a movement that seeks to build the unity of working people, regardless of past or present differences; a movement that brings unity to progressive forces and brings unity to our country.

We intend this to be a family event and would encourage everyone to bring a picnic on the day, weather permitting.
Tommy McKearney (Secretary)
E-mail: forumodonnell@gmail.com
 


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We need to begin the difficult but necessary task that once again places first the interests of the “people of no property”: working people, the people who create all wealth yet wait in line for housing, health services, education, and social services, who daily experience cuts in the services they rely on—a movement that reflects the richness and diversity of our people, for building a society free from poverty and unemployment, for creating a society built on solidarity.
Perhaps they could start by recanting their opposition to the property tax? We might be able to start taking them seriously then.
 

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http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/wexford/xmisc/ferns-prots-1798.txt

A lot of Protestants were murdered because of their religion.
Uh no, there were a lot of agrarian revolts during these years through out the Atlantic Isles, and one in Wexford should be counted with that. They were killed because of their class and more so their oppression of the poor. It was in Ulster that the United Irishmen were deeply sectarian, significantly more so the average DUP voter of today is, Wolfe Tone and the rest of the leadership though they attempted as much of the Catholic community as they could were inspired by the Anti-Catholic and really out there racist rebellion of several of HMG's North American colonies under the leadership of George Washington. Devil knows the fate of the Gaelic Catholic population of Ireland if they had succeeded. I have immense amount of admiration for Peader O'Donnell but these fantasies about Wolfe Tone need to stop.
 

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The man who would be King of the south China sea or Viceroy of Ireland would be proud of yez...
 

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There aren't many "men of no property" these times. Everyone has an iphone and a banger at the very least.

Tone was reinvented in the 1898 centenary, as you can see from his diaries, that read very well. He was a modern guy, not a prude, didn't like harp playing or the gaelic language, and didn't like any religion or god in particular. He was remembered in 1898 as a sort of sanitised bloodless sideways-on figurehead.

Then if I recall, some prod workers from belfast came down to join in the bodenstown march in the 1930s and were stoned because, well, they were nordy prods. Red rag to a bull. The real Tone's main supporters were from belfast.

Which reminds us that most of these events are about the day out, look at me too, I've got a banner, you've got a flag, i'm here, I'm here too, let's all grab a pint after, and let's complain about how our republic isn't half republican enough because we can't be bothered to work out how it all works.
 


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