Thursday April 9, 2020 [ which this year also happens to be Holy Thursday ] will be the 222nd anniversary of a historic day in the history of our island.
But so will be Thursday, May 28, 2020, the 20th anniversary of a shameful defeat for genuine Pluralism and Tolerance and MultiCulturalism and Inclusiveness and Diversity.
The bitter agitation [ led by Marylou ] against a planned peaceful short Orange Walk in Dublin on Sunday May 28, 2000 [ the first since 1937 – 63 years before ] when a small plaque was to be unveiled to commemorate the April 9, 1798 first meeting of the Grand Orange Lodge of IRELAND [ held in Dublin at 59 Dawson St, Dublin 2 ] did expose the 2-faced official and political *Inclusiveness* and *Pluralism* and *Multi-Culturalism* and *Tolerance* and *Diversity* which adores every possible shade under the sun, including Islamic Green, but never any shade of Orange.
The walk had to be indefinitely postponed after massive intimidation directed at the Lodge 1313, and Labour Party Cllr Mary Freehill as Lord Mayor was left very alone on that Sunday morning – I can only recall seeing Dublin MEP Proinsias de Rossa [ also active in the Peace Train Organisation ] and the then Irish Labour Party Gen-Sec Ray Kavanagh [ like Mary Freehill active in the Dub SE Lab Party – a Primary Teacher who later wrote the only Biography of Nurse Cadden 1891-1959, an illegal abortionist – also very active at the time in the Anti-8th Amendment Campaign and himself also a gay man – ] turning up that Sunday morning to unveil that tiny brass plaque [ almost invisible as it was inlaid on the footpath outside 59 Dawson Street, and not even on the wall ]
It also exposed Marlou for what she really was – and remains.
A bitter sectarian bigot and bully.
That site, on the North-West side of Dawson Street, beside Hodges Figgis Bookshop, is also very close to Trinity College, and also on the route that – 74 years later – the young Edward Carson would have taken on the first day he went to Trinity College from his home in 2, Harcourt Street. A route of 0.5 Miles = 800 m NE from his home
It is also only 0.2 Miles = 400 m NW from Leinster House, but not even 1 of the then 166 TDs, or even 1 of the 60 Senators, was visible that quiet Sunday morning.
They endlessly *talked the talk*, but would never dare to walk that [ peaceful and very short ] walk with their fellow Irishmen in the Dublin & Wicklow Lodge.
Marylou and her fellow Tribal Bigots & Bullies said *NO*, and at once all but Labour Cllr & Lord Mayor Mary Freehill and Dublin MEP Prionsias de Rossa, along with Lab Party Gen-Sec Ray Kavanagh, ran for cover.
How much has really changed ? Ask Charlie Flanagan what happened to his planned Dublin Castle event at Noon on Friday, Jan 17, 2020 to remember the nearly 90,000 decent and honourable Irishmen who served in the DMP or RIC from 1836.
What the Co Galway Poet Richard Murphy [ also a Protestant ], memorably called *the taste of vintage terror* still reigns supreme and virtually unchallenged.
And the actual historical record is ignored when not grossly slanted or even distorted – such as that the Belfast County Grand Master, and Sandy Row COI Rector, Rev Dr Richard R Kane [ = Dr Risteard O’Cathain ], and a True-Blue loyalist also very active in the Ulster Clubs, was also the first Belfast Patron of the Gaelic League, while the Wexfordman George Ogle, 1801 Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of IRELAND, had opposed the 1800 Act of Union.
Or that the Dubliner Edward Carson had played HURLING both in TCD and during holidays in his mother’s place in East Co Galway, and [ before he was first elected – as [ like the first Irish Unionist Leader, the Cavanman Col Edward Saunderson ] a LIBERAL Unionist MP for TCD in 1892 – and Carson replaced a TORY Unionist ] had also been invited to stand for Waterford backed by the Land League.
Or that the all-island HQ of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland was for 124 years – from 1798 until 1922 – in Dublin, finally in Fowler Hall, 10 Parnell [ formerly Rutland ] Square East, but when it was invaded and occupied by Anti-Treaty IRA gangs in 1922 before their vicious Civil War waged against their fellow Irishmen, its lawful occupants had to flee, and so Belfast became, and has remained, the site of the all-island Orange HQ.
Or that on Monday April 24, 1916, the 1,080 Rebels who seized the GPO and other sites were greatly outnumbered by the 1,400 men of the LDV [ = Loyal Dublin Vols ] who were still at home – 600 more were serving in UK Forces.
And those 2,000 Dubliners in LDV [ very much encouraged to enlist in both LDV & UK Forces by the Orange Lodges and their leaders in the City ] came from a Protestant Dublin which in 1911 still formed about 14 % of the city population [ mostly COI – around 12 % ], with another 1 % in the city being Jewish – indeed the 26 Counties were 10 % Protestant in 1911.
And over half [ maybe 57 % ] of the 210,000 Irishmen who served in UK Forces in WW 1 were RCs.
Not just *complexity*, but dangerously inconvenient truths.
[Photo: Reform Group]