Received this press release a couple of days back from Ciaron O’Reilly.
‘Radical Rosary Mystery Tour’ crosses Dublin to protest queen, Obama
FORMER member of the SAS, the Legion of Mary and the Shannon Five will be among the walkers on Monday in a ‘Radical Rosary Mystery Tour’ against the queen’s visit to Ireland.
The walking tour of Dublin, on the eve of the visit, will be led by an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the slogan: “No queen but Mary Queen of Heaven — single mother, refugee, role model for a revolutionary!”
The tour will make a number of stops around the city to mark “joyful, glorious and sorrowful mysteries”, according to organiser Ciaron O’Reilly, one of the Shannon Five who damaged a US navy plane at Shannon Airport in 2003 and were subsequently acquitted by a Dublin jury.
Sites will include “sorrowful mysteries” at the Central Bank and Irish Aviation Authority, “glorious mysteries” at the statues of Jim Larkin and Phil Lynott, and “joyful mysteries” at a drug-treatment centre and among the immigrant businesses of Moore Street.
“The routine at each stop will be short reflection connecting the site to the specific ‘mystery’ and a song or a recitation relevant to the site,” O’Reilly said. “Then those who are into the Rosary can recite a decade, and those who feel uncomfortable can begin the procession to the next stop.”
Ben Griffin, who served with the SAS in Iraq and then refused a second tour of duty, will take part in the tour. Griffin now works as a volunteer at the Giuseppe Conlon Catholic Worker House in north London, and will be in Ireland as a guest of the Irish Anti-War Movement to protest the royal and US-presidential visits.
“I’ll be in Ireland to support people working for peace and independence and trying to stop the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Griffin said. Griffin has been subject to a gag order from the British ministry of defence for speaking out against the wars.
The Radical Rosary Mystery Tour starts on Monday, May 16th, at 6pm at the Four Courts on Dublin’s north quays.
For further information contact Ciaron O’Reilly: 087 918 4552
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