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Easter Commemoration held in Naas

Republican Sinn Féin in Kildare held their annual 1916 commemoration at the grave of Martin O’Brien in St Corban’s cemetery in Naas at 12 Noon on Easter Sunday. The 1916 Proclamation as well as the Easter Statement from the leadership of the Republican Movement along with statements from the POWs in Maghaberry and Portlaoise Prisons were also read. A decade of the rosary was recited As Gaelige.

In his oration Republican Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle member Matt Conway said: “We gather here today to remember the men and women who 96 years ago went out to strike a blow for Irish Freedom. The leaders of 1916 gave us the Proclamation of Easter Week. It is upon this historic declaration of the “right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland” that we take our stand, and it is from Ireland’s historic right to nationhood that we draw our mandate. That right to nationhood can never be extinguished ‘except by the destruction of the Irish people.’

“Here we are gathered at the grave of Martin O’Brien, a friend and comrade of the famous Kildare Republican Frank Driver. Martin O’Brien devoted his entire life to the cause of a free Ireland and for him that cause could only be completed when the 1916 Proclamation was made a reality. Martin O’Brien also wrote for the United Irishman paper under the name Conleth Martin. On this Easter day we are proud to remember his service to the All-Ireland Republic.

“For Irish Republicans the 1916 Rising is much more than an historical event, it represents the highest ideals of human and national freedom. While any part of Ireland remains under British occupation or any part of our sovereignty is claimed by an undemocratic European superstate 1916 will remain for us unfinished business.”

Wreaths were also placed on the Republican Plot in St Corban’s cemetery as well as Grey Abbey in Kildare Town. Wreaths were also placed on graves and monuments throughout Counties Kildare, Laois and Carlow.

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