I attended the Commemoration of the late great socialist leader, James Connolly at Arbour Hill Military Cemetery this morning. Thankfully, the rain staved off and spirits were high. It was a fitting and rousing ceremony which saw many people from far and wide in attendance, including members of the Connolly Clan.
An Táiniste, Eamon Gilmore, gave a fine and uplifting speech however he did warn of harsher measures to come down the line as part of Ireland's recovery. Wreaths were laid by Mr. Gilmore, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Leader of the Labour Party; by Patricia King, Vice President of SIPTU; and by a member of the Connolly family. The Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore and Patricia King gave the orations.
From a personal point of view, I think we need to reflect more on the days of yesteryear as a means of rebuilding Ireland back to the country it once was and still can be.
In the words of James himself, 'Our curse is our belief in our weakness...We are not weak, we are strong!'
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