In Reply to: re: Hollande to Castlebar posted by Jennie on February 28, 2013 at 09:53:30:
Haven't we some neck in looking for an 'excuse' to bring a Frenchman over here to save us all ... after what happened 215 years ago ... does history not repeat itself .... in a fashion !!
And speaking of 'Commemorations' what's the story with using 1798 as a 'Gathering' event .. its 215 years .. .what was done in 1998 (200th. anniversary) ? Nowt ..
Wouldn't it have made more sense to invite all the ancestors of the French Soldiers over for a 're-inactment' of the slaughter of the irish Soldiers at Ballinamuck .. and send them home again ....oh yeah .. The 1798 Rebellion was a HUGE success here in Mayo, so lets not mention or celebrate the failure ..
and sorry, I don't see the value of using it as this years 'Theme' for the St. Patrick's Day Parade either. It would have been more appropriate to use 'The Gathering' as its Theme !
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