In the Indo
Last Saturday's incident involved a collection of different groupings, but was led by Charles Allen, of Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, who was involved in the gardening business but is now the figurehead of a controversial trust that Mr Allen and his supporters claim will thwart financial institutions from gaining possession of assets, including land and property.
Friends of Banking Ireland, led by Jerry Beades, is another grouping which is challenging the banks in the courts and embarking on ad hoc protests designed to thwart repossessions and sales of distressed properties.
Mr Beades, a former developer and once a member of Fianna Fail's Ard Comhairle (National Executive) has had his own problems with the banks and has also assisted other distressed borrowers in their battles in the Commercial Court.
Mr Beades was also one of the organisers of the "guerrilla action" which halted the most recent sale of properties, many of them distressed, organised by the Alsops auction house at the Shelbourne Hotel.
Among others who turned up at the Kennycourt incident last Saturday was Tony Rochford, who embarked on a 23-day hunger strike outside Dail Eireann ending in July in protest about his inability to obtain a tax clearance certificate over his non-payment of the property tax.
Other people involved at Kennycourt were associated with a significant grouping styling itself the Anti- Eviction Taskforce who have created a network of contacts around the country using social media and internet radio to get their message across.
A number of men from the border counties also attended who described themselves as "supporters of Sean Quinn" though there is no suggestion that Mr Quinn or his family supported or were aware of the Kennycourt protest.
The 160 people, mostly men, who gathered on the Curragh on Saturday afternoon before arriving en masse on Saturday evening at the stud were led over the hill by Ben Gilroy of the People for Economic Justice group.
I think we are reaching a tipping point with this stuff - it is now getting national attention and going mainstream, so it really rather demands some sort of response from the government and the institutions of the state. This could set the scene for a rather interesting confrontation. If Ben Gilroy does indeed get locked up (which would obviously be hilarious) I can see an outraged reaction from his lunatic fanbase, and it will be interesting to see whether their rage is as impotent as their 'legal' powers, or whether they manage to tap into the more widespread anti-government, anti-austerity, anti-everything public mood. Either way, there may be interesting times ahead I think.