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National - Event Notice
Sunday June 10 2007

Annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration .

category national | history and heritage | event notice author Saturday May 12, 2007 11:21author by Sharon . - Individual . Report this post to the editors

Bodenstown Sunday 2007 .

The annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration will be held this year on Sunday , June 10th , in Bodenstown Churchyard ,Sallins , Co. Kildare , beginning at 2.30pm .
Bodenstown Sunday , 10th June 2007 .
Bodenstown Sunday , 10th June 2007 .

A bus for this Commemoration , which is organised each year by the Republican Movement *, will leave from outside the old McBirneys/Virgin Megastore site on Dublin's Aston Quay at 12.45PM on the day , and return to Dublin at 5.45PM.
The fare is ten Euro per person .
For information on the death of Wolfe Tone , scroll through this piece ** (article starts on March 9 on that page) which was published on the '1169...' blog last year .
" From my earliest youth I have regarded the connection between Great Britain and Ireland as the curse of the Irish nation , and felt convinced that , while it lasted , this country could never be free nor happy . My mind has been confirmed in this opinion by the experience of every succeeding year , and the conclusions which I have drawn from every fact before my eyes . In consequence , I was determined to employ all the powers which my individual efforts could move , in order to separate the two countries . That Ireland was not able of herself to throw off the yoke , I knew ; I therefore sought for aid wherever it was to be found . In honourable poverty I rejected offers which , to a man in my circumstances , might be considered highly advantageous . I remained faithful to what I thought the cause of my country , and sought in the French Republic an ally to rescue three millions of my countrymen " . -Theobald Wolfe Tone*** .

All Welcome!

Sharon.

(* http://www.rsf.ie/)
(**http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com/2005_03_06_1169andc....html)
(***http://www.reagank.com/irish/images/tone_statue_tn.jpg)

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author by pedantpublication date Sat May 12, 2007 18:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Note: This is the Republican Sinn Féin Event

author by Sharon . - Individual .publication date Sat May 12, 2007 23:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi pedant !

I think perhaps that is obvious from the inclusion of the 'Saoirse' newspaper in the photograph and the link to the RSF website in the article .
But thanks anyway !

Sharon .

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author by synonympublication date Sun May 13, 2007 22:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

pedant, could just as easily have said that this event is the Republican commemoration.

author by Another pedantpublication date Fri May 18, 2007 11:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

He was Theobald Tone, middle name Wolfe. When did we start calling him Wolfe Tone, anyone?

author by Sharon . - Individual .publication date Fri May 18, 2007 13:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi 'Another pedant' !

I have no answer to your question , 'AP' , but you did get me thinking of how fitting the name 'Theobald' was to the man -

http://www.behindthename.com/php/view.php?name=theobald

http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Theobald

....almost as if his parents knew what was to follow!

Sharon.

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author by sin o'nims - NONEpublication date Mon May 21, 2007 20:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

pedant, you could as easily had said that this is the Republican commemoration of Tone.

author by Sharon . - Individual .publication date Sat Jun 02, 2007 23:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !

The main oration will be delivered by Cathleen Knowles McGuirk * .
Also , please note that the bus will be leaving Sallins on its return journey to Dublin at 5.30pm , not 5.45pm as originally stated .

Thanks!

Sharon.

(*http://www.rsf.ie/knowles.htm)

Cathleen Knowles McGuirk.
Cathleen Knowles McGuirk.

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author by Sharon. - Individual .publication date Mon Jun 11, 2007 22:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !

The annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration was held on Sunday , 10 June last , in Bodenstown , Co. Kildare : a well-organised assembly of between 277 and 477* people formed-up in blazing heat (between 25 and 28 degrees!) in Sallins Village and , as per the instructions issued by Chief Marshall Seosamh Ó Maoileoin , the crowd fell-in behind the Piper (an Antrim man who knew his business!) and the Colour Party , comprising members of Na Fianna Eireann and Cumann na mBan . A second Colour Party , comprising members of the Republican Movement from Dublin , Donegal and Wexford , was also at the front of the Parade .
(*27 of whom were Special Branch ['Security and Intelligence' division] members)
Indeed , such was the heat on the day that the Dublin bus overheated in the traffic-jam on the way into the village , and at least three members of the various Colour Parties came close to passing out , but were 'revived' in time by one of the many water carriers!
The level of Special Branch harassment was not only unbelievable , but was totally uncalled for : one of their number stated that 'his men' had been ordered to obtain the name and address of every single participant at the event - one man , a native Irish speaker , was handcuffed for refusing to give his details in English , and an 84-year-old woman was threatened with arrest for being 'unco-operative' . Three Special Branch cars and their passengers were at the cemetery , three other cars and their passengers stayed in the village and at least three other full Special Branch vehicles were parked on the outskirts of the village . "Agressive" was the word most used to describe their behaviour .
The proceedings in the cemetery were chaired by Tomás Ó Curraoin, Peig Galligan from the National Graves Association reminded the hundreds of people listening of the deeds of Republican women through the years (and today!) , Sean Scott (Brokeborough Raid) was one of those that laid a wreath and the main oration was delivered by Cathleen Knowles McGuirk .
A full report and more photographs will be published in the July issue of 'Saoirse' , which will be published on the fourth of that month .

Go raibh máith agat !

Sharon.

On The One Road !
On The One Road !

Chief Marshall Seosamh Ó Maoileoin .
Chief Marshall Seosamh Ó Maoileoin .

Bodenstown Colour Party , 2007 .
Bodenstown Colour Party , 2007 .

An Antrim Piper on the Parade !
An Antrim Piper on the Parade !

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author by Great Job RSFpublication date Tue Jun 12, 2007 04:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Thanks for the article and photos Sharon.

author by Sharon. - Individual .publication date Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

......and thanks to 'Indymedia' for supplying the platform to enable us to do so!

Sharon.

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author by Sharon . - Individual .publication date Wed Jun 13, 2007 00:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

......from June 10th , 2007 , in Bodenstown :

Thanks ,

Sharon.

Sean Scott laying one of the wreaths.....
Sean Scott laying one of the wreaths.....

......Tomás Ó Curraoin , Chairperson on the day.......
......Tomás Ó Curraoin , Chairperson on the day.......

........and a section of the crowd .
........and a section of the crowd .

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author by :-)publication date Wed Jun 13, 2007 14:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

you get :- .....we it thing and deed tion of there ft in arse.

A lot less sunglasses this year - I hope you suffered less of the usual harassment. It seems like yiz had a good day out.

author by Sharon . - Individual .publication date Wed Jun 13, 2007 20:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi 'Smiley' !

Sunglasses would have protected the eyes : a good few people there had brought umbrellas with them to shade their hands , necks etc from the burning sun , which on occasion reached temperatures near 30 degrees .
Special Branch harassment was heavier this year than on previous Commemoration days - perhaps it was the fact that they were in Kildare rather than on a beach kicking sand on people that made them so aggressive.....

But it was a "good day out" .
Well worth the punishing heat !

Sharon.

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