Sinn Féin MP and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today
delivered the annual Wolfe Tone commemoration at Bodenstown, County
Kildare. As part of a wide ranging address Mr McGuinness challenged the
Orange Order to step forward and make its contribution to the peace
process through stopping...
It is a great honour for me to be asked to address this commemoration today. I have been coming to Bodenstown, to the grave of Tone, since I was a teenager and I have always found it to be a place of inspiration, just as I have always found the deeds, the ideas and the words of Wolfe Tone to be inspiring to me as an Irish republican trying to make my contribution to this great historical struggle.
We assemble today at the graveside of Theobald Wolfe Tone to pay tribute to the pioneer of Irish republicanism, the key man at the beginning of the Republican Movement in Ireland and the man who laid the foundation stone of Irish independence.
We assemble at this spot every year to honour the founding father of Irish Republicanism - Theobald Wolfe Tone. At this, the last Bodenstown commemoration of the 20th century, we rededicate ourselves to the ideas which he pioneered in our country.
Not far from here last week, Volunteer Patrick Kelly of the Irish Republican Army, was laid to rest. Like Wolfe Tone, Pat believed in the need to break the connection with England. Like Wolfe Tone, he died as a result of his treatment in prison by a British government.
As we gather at the graveside of Theobald Wolfe Tone let us remind ourselves of the words which have inspired republicans for 200 years. In his autobiographical notes he sums up the ideas on which he based his life's work and for which he was eventually to give his life:
Wolfe Tone Commemoration Bodenstown 1992 Address by Jim Gibney I've been coming to Bodenstown annually for the last four years and as intermittently as her majesty's administration has permitted me in the yeas prior to that.