Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Easter 2009: Beannachtaí na Cásca, Eternal Rising.

I have met them at close of day, coming with vivid faces.

Executed leaders of the Easter Rising: Thomas Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh, Padraig Pearse, Edward Daly, Michael O'Hanrahan, William Pearse, Joseph Plunkett, John MacBride, Eamonn Ceannt, Con Colbert, Sean Heuston, Michael Mallin, Thomas Kent, James Connolly, Sean MacDiarmada, Roger Casement.

"The holiest of all causes — the sanctity of the human soul, the practical brotherhood of the human race."
- James Connolly.

Now and in time to be, wherever green is worn.


Blogger Will said...

Labour, Nationality and Religion:
“ The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go. And in the work of abolishing it the Catholic and the Protestant, the Catholic and the Jew, the Catholic and the Freethinker, the Catholic and the Buddhist, the Catholic and the Mahometan will co-operate together, knowing no rivalry but the rivalry of endeavour toward an end beneficial to all. For, as we have said elsewhere, socialism is neither Protestant nor Catholic, Christian nor Freethinker, Buddhist, Mahometan, nor Jew; it is only Human. We of the socialist working class realise that as we suffer together we must work together that we may enjoy together. We reject the firebrand of capitalist warfare and offer you the olive leaf of brotherhood and justice to and for all.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

No rivalry but the rivalry of endeavour toward an end beneficial to all.

"Ireland, being the only country where left-wing politics and the Catholic religion are inextricably mixed, may confuse you. Don't worry. It confuses us a lot more."

- Brendan Behan, on the Rising of 1916.

9:31 PM  
Blogger IceClass said...

Nice one!

4:06 PM  
Blogger kellie said...

Have I misunderstood, was the legal and democratic path to change not still open at the time of the uprising? Was not the action without the support of the majority of the population? For all the wrongs and rights of what followed after the uprising, where was the justification at that point in time in opening a second front for the Kaiser in the streets of Dublin? A fine mess.

Not fond of the music, nor of the nationalist kitsch paintings of the men charging the GPO &c. Drab colour and very poor perspective. More Easter 1916 nostalgia here.

4:35 AM  

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