PEACE ACTIVIST ESTA CARTER HAS DIED
Esta Carter was a stalwart of the peace movement and a lifelong struggler
against injustice. Originally from England, she made the decision on
retiring to move to Ireland.
Despite being based in Moate, despite her age (she was in her 80s) and her
lack of mobility (for a long time she suffered from severe hip and knee
problems), she made the long trek by bus to the Shannon vigil on the second
Sunday of every month. On top of that she never missed a peace
demonstration in Dublin. Indeed, she travelled to the capital for a demo
that coincided with the official commemoration of the 1913 Lockout. The
demo she was going to was assembling in Pearse St.
However, Esta found herself on the wrong side of O'Connell St and when she
tried to pass through the tightly controlled 1913 Commemoration, she was
almost arrested, because she dared to be carrying a peace placard (one she
had since the war against Afghanistan began in 2001). I remember her
describing the scandalous carry-on of the Gardaí as we drove back from the
Shannon vigil one Sunday last year.
Esta was on the side of the proverbial angels all her life. She deserves
to be honoured and remembered.