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?