James Connolly Commemoration

Posted: April 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

éirígí will mark the ninety-seventh anniversary of the execution of James Connolly with a commemorative event in Arbour Hill Cemetery in Dublin, on Sunday May 12, at 12.30pm.
Speaking from Dublin, Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson said, “James Connolly continues to be an inspiration and a guide to Irish socialist republicans. Since its foundation in 2006 éirígí has made the annual pilgrimage to Arbour Hill, to pay tribute to Connolly’s courage, determination and foresight, and to rededicate ourselves to the principles of Irish socialist republicanism.
“The annual commemoration is éirígí’s national event to honour all those who gave their lives in the fight for Irish freedom and in previous years has attracted socialist republicans from across Ireland and beyond.
“This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the great Dublin Lockout, when Connolly and Larkin led the workers of Dublin in an epic battle against capitalism. A century later, socialist republicans are still involved in that same fight in communities across Ireland.”
Leeson continued, “A lot can be learned Connolly’s writings, lessons that are as relevant today as they were at the time of their writing. That is why this year’s commemoration is so important. Not only will we honour the sacrifice of our patriot dead, we will also commit ourselves to today’s struggle against the same forces of capitalism which Connolly battled.
“I would encourage people from across Ireland to join éirígí in paying tribute to James Connolly on May 12. Join us at 12.30pm at Arbour Hill and get involved in building a strong, militant socialist republican movement that will finish the business of 1913 and 1916.”

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