30 June 2005 Edition
Over 400 republicans congregated in the European Capital of Culture, the proud People's Republic of Cork, on Friday 24 June. They had made their way to the Silver Springs Hotel from all parts of Munster to pay tribute to eight of their number and to celebrate 100 years of Sinn Féin.
The Centenary Banquet was the highlight of the party's Céad Bliain anniversary celebrations in the province. An all-ticket gala dinner, it was sold out weeks in advance and there was a waiting list for cancellations, such was the demand.
Opening the celebrations, Toireasa Ní Fhearaíosa from Tralee welcomed the honourees, guests and Party President, Gerry Adams. "Tonight is an occasion to celebrate the selfless contribution of our eight honourees," she said. Referring to Gerry Adams, she added: "I think we should also celebrate your contribution, Gerry, and that of our other leaders."
Well represented on the night were many experienced party members, but they were almost outnumbered by younger activists, which bodes well for the future.
Sinn Féin in Munster has been going through a process of renewal over the last few years. The party is growing in numbers and new talent is constantly emerging to tackle the challenges ahead.
An Phoblacht Magazine
AN PHOBLACHT MAGAZINE:
- The first edition of this new magazine will feature a 10 page special on the life and legacy of our leader Martin McGuinness to mark the first anniversary of his untimely passing.
- It will include a personal reminiscence by Gerry Adams and contributions from the McGuinness family.
- There will also be an exclusive interview with our new Uachtarán Mary Lou McDonald.