‘Another Trembling World’ by Séanna Walsh

I’m standing on the threshold of another trembling world… These few words are seared into the consciousness of a whole generation of us, the conflict generation, who stood in awe of the selfless sacrifice of the first of our 10 Hunger Strike Martyrs.

Well a chairde, today I feel that we are again standing on the threshold of another world but not in awe and not in trepidation but one with hope and vision of a different way of life. Irish republicans have always had a sense that things didn’t and don’t have to be this way, that there is a better way of doing things, of doing right by the majority of citizens who share this piece of earth together. We have always had a sense of the vision and the potential that could change our future and more importantly could change the future for our children and our children’s children. It seems to me that the point is fast approaching when it’s possible to reimagine our political and economic structures.

We had a glimpse of it in March when we watched, read, listened and browsed into the wee small hours as the Assembly Election results crawled in, 27 to 28… The unionist majority gone… And again two weeks ago as we caught the results, much faster now, of our massive surge across the north and another 3 Republicans returned. The fact that it was matched with the ‘Corbyn Surge’ also lifted our spirits. And once again, no unionist majority.

Unionism, for the moment, is on its uppers, foolishly imagining that as a result of circling the wagons round their extreme, fundamentalist brethren that they can turn back the tide. It’s all transient. They offer no hope, no vision for the future apart from building a bulwark against progress and equality. Their previous leader once talked the talk of reaching out to the nationalist middle-class, offering a piece of the pie to those willing to sup from his well. That didn’t end too good as we now know with only a litany of ‘alleged’ financial underhand skullduggery and greasing of palms to show. And so the clock is ticking for the dawning of a new day. For a glimpse of how some of that might shape up anybody, everybody should come along to the Waterfront Hall this Saturday, 24th June. 11.30am ‘An Agreed Ireland?’ That brave new world awaits…


5 Responses to ‘Another Trembling World’ by Séanna Walsh

  1. Mark June 21, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    A cara Séanna,
    Go raibh maith agat o an cuireadh. I should hope, while we’re alive, the forthcoming world of a re-united Ireland should have none of us tremble, rather, meet the new world of the second Republic with heads high and a devotion to the brave women and men who made it possible.
    The DUP is ‘on it’s uppers’ and one must congratulate them, for now. They did con their electorate into forgetting their role of putting more money into wealthy unionist pockets, in a wide range of schemes but, as soon as the two year Brexit process is gone there will be an election, if the tories can survive any bye elections, and regardless of their Brexit delivery, one Jeremy Corbyn was on top today, roll on re-unification and the Irish Republic, a proper Republic, dictated to by neither Britain nor Berlin.

  2. Michael mcLaughlin June 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    Our gallant men and women of 1916 R.I P. Would surely toast your remarks
    as I do.
    Gaelige and free.

  3. Cal June 21, 2017 at 9:52 pm #

    Gerry Adams said recently that the executive represented our best route to Irish re-unification. I’m not sure what he’s basing that on but it certainly isn’t past performance.

    As it stands the executive has been successfully used by unionism to block all moves towards equality for the last two decades.

    Yesterday’s reports of housing lists and deprivation indexes prove that nationalists are still some way off attaining social equality.

    As for cultural equality, we haven’t even begun to bridge that chasm. Any reconstruction of Stormont must bring with it an acknowledgment from republicans that the old way of outreach didn’t work. No more jam tomorrow. Time for delivery.

    • Jack Black June 22, 2017 at 9:19 am #

      I too have come to that conclusion, it gives the dinosaurs a platform to spout their sectarian bile in all things Irish.

  4. ANOTHER JUDE June 24, 2017 at 4:44 am #

    I remember the bad old days, when unionists won nearly every seat and so called nationalists who did win were hopeless and merely helped the British keep the natives down. I remember the pain and the joy of 1981, the hunger strikers and the morale boost it gave us. I think we are in the final throes of Britain’s ghastly rule in Ireland.