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A peaceful protest

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.

The demonstration organised by Republican Sinn Féin was a peaceful one and went off without any incident. It was timed to coincide with the Queen’s visit last Thursday morning and began with a march around the market square where wreaths were laid at the 1798 Monument to the 350 people murdered by British forces at the Gibbet Rath on the Curragh and the monument to the seven men executed by Free State forces on the Curragh on December 18 1922.

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.

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