De Brún delivers annual Bobby Sands Lecture

A couple of months ago I did a blog on a proposed SF election strategy which was rather elegantly described on another blog as a strategy of bluff and heritage. Bairbre de Brún delivered the annual Bobby Sands Lecture on 2nd May and I must admit to feeling that my proposals have been extensively adopted.
Ms. de Brún harked back a great deal to the heroic past of Mr. Sands and also to Countess Markievicz. At times Ms. de Brún’s eulogy almost touches the status of true hero worship “Bobby Sands and his comrades may have lost their lives but their spirit lives on. It is here in this room.”

There was relatively little of actual substance but it is all good electioneering stuff and it is good to see Ms. de Brún getting in some good oratory (I almost wish I could have gone to the lecture). I also suppose this is not the time for unionist engagement though I have always wondered what Mr. Sands meant about unionists when he said that “Everyone, Republican or otherwise, has their own particular part to play. No part is too great or too small; no one is too old or too young to do something.” I wonder if that was the part the Irish Collie Club had already played and Marie Wilson was to play?

  • Ray

    If Bairbre DeBrun practised what she preached, she would be interesting to watch and follow.
    Two questions. First, what is the job of a MEP? What does a MEP actually do or accomplish or try to accomplish?
    Secondly, why has Bairbre DeBrun done nothing for the Irish language other than silently agree with the campaign of nihilism against the language by the Sinn Fein leadership of which she certainly is a senior member?

  • Pancho’s Horse

    I thought that you were a bit above bitching and whataboutery, O Turgon. Obviously I was wrong.Do you want to trade atrocity for atrocity or do you want to continue your (usually) high standard of debate and leave the petty stuff to the likes of me?

  • Declan

    Be interesting to see if she pays her respects to the special day tommorrow instead of using the sands family name for her own needs like many seem to do nowadays.

  • Young people have been at the vanguard of the Republican struggle since its inception so it is with great pride that I dedicate this year’s Bobby Sands memorial lecture to Fianna na hEíreann. As a woman involved in politics myself, I would like to say a few words about their founder Constance Markiewicz