The assembled republicans braved high winds and rain as they walked the short distance from the entrance of the Cemetery to the graves of the executed leaders of Easter Week, led by a well-marshalled colour party.
The day’s proceedings were chaired by Ursula Ní Shionnáin and opened with the playing of the national anthem and a minute’s silence for all those who have given their lives in the cause of Irish freedom. A wreath was then laid at the national monument on behalf of éirígí.
Excerpts of Connolly’s writings, dealing with the indivisibility of the national and social struggles in Ireland and the nature of socialism, were read out by Dublin’s Daithí Mac An Mhaistír, Nuala McGurk from Belfast and Fermanagh’s Kevin Martin.
Newly-elected éirígí Rúnaí Ginearálta Breandán Mac Cionnaith delivered the main oration, paying homage to a man who provided the basis for socialist republican thought in Ireland and plenty of examples for action.