A History Lesson From Sinn Féin Beechmount

image It is hardly the first time that Sinn Féin have re-written Irish History…but this is probably the most laughable.

Sinn Féin Beechmount (West Belfast) organised a bus trip to Dublin for the re-enactment marking the centenary of the Funeral of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. They must surely have been disappointed to discover that he was not executed.

The veteran Fenian died in New York City….natural causes…aged 83.

The significance of the Funeral (1st August 1915) was that his body was re-patriated to Ireland and the occasion used by the Irish Republican Brotherhood as a major propaganda coup. The graveside oration by Padraig Pearse (in Volunteer uniform) is one of the great speeches. It is loosely referenced in the play “The Plough and the Stars” (by Sean O’Casey).

“The Fools…the Fools…The Fools. They have left us our Fenian Dead. And while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace”.

The speech is (retrospectavely) regarded as the beginning of the countdown to the Easter Rising, less than a year later.

Still, Sinn Féin is the self-appointed guardian of the Republican Flame. But by any standards, this is a stupid and embarrassing mistake.



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9 Responses to A History Lesson From Sinn Féin Beechmount

  1. acarson1 says:

    Saw it myself and had a nervous chuckle. None of my shinner buds found it as funny though. They won’t live this down.

  2. Political tourist says:

    Take the war is definitely over for them going by that nonsense.
    Most ex prisoners i know have went home and shut the door for good.
    Now all that’s left are careerists and thickos.

  3. More to come.
    I have a horrible chest infection….but if I survive, there are more blogs to be written

  4. Political tourist says:

    Computer, phone off.
    Feet up.
    Keep warm.
    Hot drinks.
    You’ve earned it.

  5. benmadigan says:

    best wishes for a speedy recovery FJH – these things can linger on so take good care of yourself

    • Thank you.
      To be honest, it is still lingering. I actually lost my voice during An Féile, which was a bit embarrassing at Q & A sessions.
      Doctor told me it could last weeks and…it has.

  6. benmadigan says:

    poor you – hope you are starting to get over it

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