Republican Sinn Féin held a protest in Kildare town against the visit of the Queen to the Irish National Stud,while a Naas based food company was delighted to get the opportunity to cater for the Royal party.
During the protest songs of resistance were played and the crowd was also addressed by the Kildare based President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton from Athy. He said the protest was intended to send out a clear message that while Britain continues to occupy and partition Ireland its head of state would not be welcome in any part of Ireland. He also saluted the GAA counties who did not attend the visit of the Queen of England to Croke Park on the previous day.
“By their actions they have salvaged the honour of the GAA and have spoken for GAA members throughout Ireland who opposed this hijacking of the GAA in order to normalise British Rule in Ireland,” Des Dalton said.
At noon the crowd marched out to Grey Abbey cemetery where a short ceremony was held at the Republican Plot. Here the 1916 Proclamation was read by the General Secretary of Republican Sinn Féin Josephine Hayden. A minute’s silence was then held in memory of the Irish men and women who died for Irish freedom and the ceremony concluded with the playing of the national anthem.
Published in Kildare Nationalist, direct link: http://www.kildare-nationalist.ie/tabId/201/itemId/10209/A-peaceful-protest.aspx