Republic Day?

Drogheda445

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently made proposals for the ongoing decade of centenaries to end with a commemoration marking the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Ireland on April 18th, 2024. He suggested that the day in itself could become a new national day with annual commemorations.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/taoiseach-raises-prospect-of-republic-day-to-mark-birth-of-irish-republic-1.3466935

Although the idea of a secular national day along the lines of most modern states is very welcome, I can see objections from some quarters to the event in question being commemorated; I can’t imagine most Irish people are even familiar with it as a date (when compared with the Easter Rising or even the signing of the Treaty). Also questions regarding how well this represents northern Nationalists and whether the Easter Rising has more significance in terms of the birth of the Republic will no doubt be raised.

Interesting proposal nonetheless. Up the Republic etc. :D

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Would it not be more accurate if the state held nEU empire day ?

We are a republic like Lithuania was a republic in 1982.
 

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently made proposals for the ongoing decade of centenaries to end with a commemoration marking the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Ireland on April 18th, 2024. He suggested that the day in itself could become a new national day with annual commemorations.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/taoiseach-raises-prospect-of-republic-day-to-mark-birth-of-irish-republic-1.3466935

Although the idea of a secular national day along the lines of most modern states is very welcome, I can see objections from some quarters to the event in question being commemorated; I can’t imagine most Irish people are even familiar with it as a date (when compared with the Easter Rising or even the signing of the Treaty).

Also questions regarding how well this represents northern Nationalists and whether the Easter Rising has more significance in terms of the birth of the Republic will no doubt be raised.

Interesting proposal nonetheless. Up the Republic etc. :D

Thoughts?
It wouldn't go down well with Northern Ireland Unionists, and it might be seen as renaging on the GFA.

The Republic of Ireland proclaimed on April 18th, 2024 was specified as the 32-county, All Ireland Republic.
 

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April 24th isn't a good time of year to have a day off. Too close to both Easter, May holidays, and Paddy's day.
 

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Line up the homeless and
all the hospital trolleys.
Come on everybody!!
lets celebrate REPUBLIC day..
 

KEYHOLE KATE

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Is the ridiculous idea evidence of a wish to copy 1srael? All those who can remember 1949 are probably waiting for medical attention on some hospital trolley. "Bread and circuses".
 

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Lets aim for unification on Sept 1st 2021 and then have a Unity Day.
 

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Do ye need a band? mates rates and all that...
 

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April 24th isn't a good time of year to have a day off. Too close to both Easter, May holidays, and Paddy's day.
Yes, why have one a week or two away from the existing May bank holiday? If there's to be another bank holiday, sometime in the autumn in the three month gap between the August and Halloween bank holidays would seem best (surely there's some independence-connected date in that period of the year :) )?
 

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FOUR MASTERS DAY, anyone?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently made proposals for the ongoing decade of centenaries to end with a commemoration marking the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Ireland on April 18th, 2024. He suggested that the day in itself could become a new national day with annual commemorations.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/taoiseach-raises-prospect-of-republic-day-to-mark-birth-of-irish-republic-1.3466935

Although the idea of a secular national day along the lines of most modern states is very welcome, I can see objections from some quarters to the event in question being commemorated; I can’t imagine most Irish people are even familiar with it as a date (when compared with the Easter Rising or even the signing of the Treaty). Also questions regarding how well this represents northern Nationalists and whether the Easter Rising has more significance in terms of the birth of the Republic will no doubt be raised.

Interesting proposal nonetheless. Up the Republic etc. :D

Thoughts?
In principle, YES, plus plus.

But, please, not the 18th April. We have just two months of the year, when a child could be taken outdoors for a few hours, to collect some Vitamin D, and survive without head to foot foul-weather gear and nearby resuscitation facilities. Let's have a national commemoration in the four weeks before or the three weeks after 21st June.

Easter, St Paddy's day, St Bridget's day?- wise up!- collectively often the three coldest days of the year.

Get modern! ie a bit ungenuine. 'Republic Day' doesn't have to observe calendrically any actual dated historical event. If we looked hard we'd find something Wolfe Tone or some ex-pat patriot did in late June/early July.

Personally, I'd suggest a 'Four Masters Day' in late June, before the schools break up; and let the current generation of schoolmasters and pupils get a day off, to reflect upon the role of the peaceful arts of literacy, learning and historical research in preserving a national folk memory through it's darkest centuries.
 


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