‘tell me true tell me why was Jesus crucified
On Easter Sunday 27th March, while many were participating in the Centenary celebrations in Dublin and elsewhere, I was driving the backroads of south Co. Leitrim looking for Effrinagh and the site of the Pearse Connolly Hall.
A while back, I learnt of Jimmy Gralton from a plaque in Carrick-on-Shannon.
When I found the site, a memorial stone had been erected and appeared to be waiting formal opening. It appears to have replaced a timber sign which I did not see that day.
I have read many plaques and signs over the past few years. As they are commemorating and recognising an individual or group, some can be biased towards the subject – to a greater or lesser degree.
I still have not watched Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall but am now determined to correct that – as well as Deported. These may educate me as to the man and the extent of bias, if any, in the plaque.
Allowing for, any possible, bias, I left the Swan Lake Inn behind me and headed back though Annagherly and Sheemore angry with the country that existed at that time – once more annoyed with how power was granted to the church and how it was used in conjunction with the state.
I reached for Pink Floyd and blared The Post War Dreams as I left. Go on, have a listen and replace ‘daddy’ with any of the names commemorated that Easter Sunday.