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May Day Parade in Cork - Photos
cork | history and heritage | news report Wednesday May 02, 2007 00:44 by Ray - Cork WSM - pers. cap. corkwsm at gmail dot com
While others canvass to gain entry to the Rich Man's Palace....
While others canvass to gain entry to the Rich Man's Palace, there were others that remembered that every May the 1st is the day to remember workers' and working-class communities' struggles across the world and throughout history. The electoral Left can go play with Bertie, Inda, Pat, and Trevor 'the sustainable capitalist'. The rest of us will make do with a small, yet determined and vibrant parade this Tuesday evening, starting shortly after seven at Connolly Hall (the most pointless building in the city, methinks) and finishing with speeches at Daunt Square. This was followed by by music from Intinn and DJs, which was still going when I left at 11.
This year, with the electionbollocks called on May Day weekend, the absence of large contingents from Labour (well, to be true nobody misses them), the SP, & so on was indeed noticable (some comrades may say refreshing!) at the march was sad but somehow predictable. It was as if two hours of knocking on doors of empty houses (out of a possible total of 576 hours to May 24th) was too much of a sacrifice to make in common cause with other socialists, communists, anarchists and trade unionists in proudly expressing our shared identity and celebrating our long history of struggle, little of which was bound up with those beguiling ballot boxes.