Failed Revolutionaries Mark Failed Revolution


MEMBERS of Derry-based Republican group Saoradh have marched on the streets to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916, stating that they ‘know a thing or two’ about being a poorly-received group of dissidents ultimately destined for failure.

“A lot of people are under the assumption that the Easter Rising was this rip-roaring success, welcomed and cheered on by the people of Dublin, whereas in actual fact most people were horrified at the violence and furious at the participants. And in that regards, Saoradh have lived up to the legacy and then some,” said one Bogside historian, as masked members of the group paraded through the streets yesterday.

“The leaders of the Rising managed to get a large number of mostly-young men to join them and lead them to their ultimate doom and demise, and we’re certainly seeing a lot of that here too. Of course, the Easter Rising did produce an eventual swell of support in Ireland leading to the 26 counties’ independence, but we’re not getting that vibe here to be honest. Believe it or not, some things have changed in the last 100 years”.

The group itself has defended their display, and has stressed that the paramilitary-style clothing including balaclavas was purely a Covid precautions as ‘it hasn’t gone away, you know’.

Meanwhile there was further condemnation of Saoradh for carrying their parade on the anniversary of the murder of Lyra McKee, the journalist who was shot while covering a riot involving armed Republicans in Derry three years ago to the day, something the group dismissed as being ‘just one of those crazy coincidences the universe throws up every now and again’.