Turn Your Pasty Irish Faces to the Sun. And Go Blind!

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A Land Fit for Falangists!

This is our country. This is our journey. Yes, we are in times without precedent but I believe that for Ireland this current crisis is the darkest hour before the dawn, that we have a generational lightness of soul, that in the long Hibernian nights on the western edge of Europe we remembered the light that went before, imagined the light to come. We are a people looking always and ever to the possibilities of a new day. That new day is here, a bright new day where there is no gap, where the people and its Government are one again, a day when our people are united in cause. Seamus Heaney said: “You have to try to make sense of what comes, remember everything and keep your head.” We will. Together and for our country let us believe in our future. For Ireland and each other, let us lift up our heads, turn our faces to the sun and, as has been already said, hang out our brightest colours. This is the first day of a journey to a better future. That future will be achievable when Ireland can again take charge of its own destiny, when by the centenary of the 1916 Rising we can prove to be the best small country in the world in which to do business, to raise a family and to grow old with dignity and respect.

Enda Kenny, March 9, 2011.

Facing the sun in my new shirt
that you embroidered in red yesterday,
That’s how death will find me if it takes me
and I won’t see you again.

I’ll take my place alongside my companions
who stand on guard in the heavens,
with a hard countenance,
they are alive in our effort.

If they say to you that I fell,
know that I’m gone to my post up there.

Victorious flags will return
at the merry step of Peace
and they’ll bring five roses:
the arrows of my quiver.

Spring will laugh again,
which we await by air, land and sea.

Onwards, squadrons, to victory,
that a new day dawns on Spain!

Spain united!
Spain (the) great!
Spain (the) free!
Onwards Spain!

English translation of Cara al Sol, the anthem of the Falange Party.

What clearer clarion call could there be? Now is the time I think for me to return to my spiritual homeland, lovely holy pissing Ireland. I have heard the call and got the message. Ireland is open for business!

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5 Responses

  1. Pope Epopt

    March 24, 2011 7:22 pm

    Just had the thought that with some Grecian 2000 (does that still exist?) and judicious facial topiary, Dennis O’Brien could look quite – well, you know, Bruno Ganz.

  2. Manuel Estimulo

    March 25, 2011 3:04 pm

    Hola Popt!

    Is true, but what use is a fat Hitler?

    Escept to enter a fat Hitler competition. They are still very popular in Austria.

    Besos

    Manuel

  3. Pat \'deVerse\' DúnLaoire

    March 29, 2011 12:47 pm

    Like most people, I am very well-aware of the old connection between the 1930s Fine Gael, Eoin O’Duffy and their fondness for Fascism.

    And while it appears that the lines, as expressed by Enda Kenny also come from the Cara al Sol anthem, the depiction of Enda, James O’Reilly and Michael Noonan as Fascists is quite frankly “daft”! A fetish for ‘Law & Order’, the FG boys and girls may be, but Fascists, Falangists and Nazis, they are not!

  4. Donagh

    March 29, 2011 2:07 pm

    In fairness I don’t think Enda would win a fat hitler contest. A Margaret Thatcher look-a-like competition maybe. But there would be stiff competition between Michael Noonan and James Reilly. I think though that Reilly has the charisma to pull it off: