In near arctic conditions a large crowd gathered for the annual General George Plant commemoration in St Johnstown, near Fethard, on Easter Sunday.
As usual the gathering marched behind the Carrick on Suir Republican Flute Band, to the final resting place of General Plant.
The chairman for the ceremonies was Micheal Nugent who spoke ‘as gaeilge.’ Izzy Robinson from Carrick on Suir laid the wreath and Noel Skehan read the proclamation.
The oration was given by Barry O’Brien, former chairman of Tipperary GAA County Board. He commenced by giving a brief description of General Plant’s early life and of how he and his brother were to get caught up in the troubles of that time, and how later on both were to join the republican movement. Mr O’Brien went on to attack the policies of the present and previous governments who he believes have sold out on the beliefs for which the men and women in 1916 and George Plant and many others down the years have laid down their lives for. He went on to quote from the proclamation: “We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies,” this he said has been lost and sold to the ECB and the Troika by the Fianna Fáil - Greens, and the Fine Gael- Labour governments. He challenged those present to pursue policies which will help regain our independence, he also criticised the present government for not doing enough to regain our sovereignty. He also quoted “The Irish Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, cherishing all the children of the nation equally,” this he claims is been denied to the Irish people by policies which look after bankers and a small few elite to the detriment of the majority of the Irish people.
After the oration Cllr. Liam Walsh presented Mr O’Brien with a framed memento to mark the occasion.