No Royal Beacon On Cavehill – McArt’s Fort
Recently Belfast City Council votes to allocate £56,000 in ratepayer's money to celebrate the Diamond jubilee of the British Queen. In addition, another £48,000 was due to be made available to communities and youth groups to organise their own Jubilee events. Both these funding initiatives received the full backing of Sinn Féin and the DUP.
As part of of the official council-run celebrations, there is a plan to light a large beacon on the top of the Cave hill on Monday 4th of June and beam the images back to a live audience at Buckingham Palace via the BBC.
Cavehill is intrinsically linked to the history and development of the struggle for Irish freedom, as McArt's Fort at the peak of the Cavehill is the birthplace of modern day republicanism. It was here in 1795 that Theobold Wolfe Tone, Henry Joy McCracken and others formed the UnitedIrishmen and made a solemn oath to break the connection with England and to unite Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter under the common name of Irishman.
Central to this oath was a defiant anti-royalist stance, influenced by the French Revolution. To have any celebration of a monarch on this site amounts to nothing less than an insult to the United Irishmen and all those who have fought and died subsequently to uphold the ideals of Irish republicanism.
We would like to encourage republicans to oppose this SF/DUP insult to republicanism by whatever means necessary. There will be a number of protests organised as this farce approaches and the maximum republican participation will be necessary. People should also challenge these events through social media, letters to the media, and by directly challenging those who have voted for such affront to republican heritage, ideals and sacrifice.
Cosc Ar Sholas Ríoga Ar Bhinn Uamha-Dún Mhic Airt