Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, is full of monuments and statues. Why are they there? Who are they? And why is there a rainbow flag flying over O’Connell street?
Walking through Dublin along O’Connell Street, from the River Liffey at the bottom all the way to the Garden of remembrance at the top, you pass memorials to historical Irish figures. You can feel it in you feet, you are walking through history.
Statues to people who fought for our freedom from an oppressive neighbour. A building that was the site of the reading of The Proclamation. A simple spire on the site of an English statue (blown up in the ’60’s). Poets and politicians side by side with the Garden of Remembrance.
Then you look back down the street and you see rainbow flags, signifying gay pride and used during the same sex marriage referendum, flying on a building opposite the General Post Office. You can’t help but feel we have come a long way in the 100 years since Patrick Pierce read his piece of paper to half a dozen people.
The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government