Republicanism In The 21st Century: Dublin 1916 Societies To Host ‘Tony Catney Memorial Debate’ On March 7th

The 1916 Societies are hosting the inaugural Tony Catney Memorial Debate in Dublin this Saturday.

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There was nothing Tony Catney loved more than good old-fashioned debate. He loved to do it and he was good at it, and on that basis we considered it fitting a debate worthy of the man, and the ideas that guided him, be organised in his memory.

With that in mind we are proud to announce the inaugural ‘Tony Catney Memorial Debate’, to take place on March 7th in the Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, in Dublin city-centre. The event will also see the launch of the latest Society to be set up in the city, the Cathal Brugha Society Killester/Kilbarrack.

Anthony McIntyre of The Pensive Quill, a long-time friend and comrade of ‘TC’, will open proceedings. Tony believed strongly in the role of youth in the struggle, so joining Anthony on the panel will be two young republicans, Dee Fennell, known for his work in Ardoyne with GARC, where he’s campaigned tirelessly to prevent unwanted sectarian marches in the area, and Cáit Trainor, who despite her young age is an ex-Vice President of Republican Sinn Féin – both young republicans then and both likely with differing views on the way forward.

The event follows on from a series of like-minded, highly successful debates organised last year in Dublin on the way forward for republicanism, events we see as critical for bringing together different shades of opinion to thrash out the way ahead, through a re-examination of republicanism and its relevance in modern Ireland.

Contributions are welcome from the floor on the afternoon itself so we hope the debate itself will be as interactive as possible between both panel and audience. All are welcome and all republican groups have been sent formal invites, just as TC himself would no doubt have wanted.

We hope to see you there and for more information contact Dublin 1916 Societies on their Facebook or Twitter accounts, the Cathal Brugha Society on their Facebook page, or get in touch with us here on this site.

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