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Michael Flannery 1902 - 1994)

Michael Flannery, a life long contributor to the cause of Irish freedom and the founder of Cumann na Saoirse was born in Co. Tipperary in 1902. He was the youngest of seven children. His family was staunchly Republican with a long history of opposition to the British occupation of Ireland. Mike's life was marked by acts of bravery, patriotism and compassion. He believed deeply in a united Ireland and had a great love for the country of his birth.

At the age of 14, while attending Mount St. Joseph's Monastic School in Knocksheegowna, he was forced to flee to avoid being arrested by the Royal Irish Constabulary who had begun a campaign of incarcerating family members of Republican activists at the behest of the British. After evading capture, Mike joined the North Tipperary Brigade of the Irish Republican Army. Before his fifteenth birthday he took an oath of allegiance to the Irish Republic and fought in the Irish War of Independence.

After the infamous Treaty of 1922, which partitioned Ireland into two sectarian states, Mike took up arms again, this time against the forces of the Irish Free State. He did so as he was unwilling to break his oath of allegiance to the Irish Republic and accept anything less than a free and united Ireland. He was subsequently captured and imprisoned by forces of the Irish Free State. After two years in Mountjoy Jail, he and his comrades went on hunger strike seeking political prisoner status. He was subsequently freed in 1924.

In 1927, Mike immigrated to America, as there was little or no work in Ireland, especially for opponents of partition. In America, he was employed by Metropolitan Life where he worked for the next four decades. During his early years in America he met and married his wife Margaret "Pearl" Eagan who was also involved in the fight for Irish freedom. Down through the decades, Mike assisted Republican activists who sought refuge in America including Ernie O'Malley in the late 20s, Andy Cooney in the early 50s and others in the 70s and 80s.

Mike was a member of several organizations including the Tipperary Men's Association, the Gaelic Athletic Association and Clann na Gael. In 1970, after the present phase of the struggle started, he founded the Irish Northern Aid Committee to raise money to support the dependents of Irish Political Prisoners. As a result of his leadership role in the struggle for Irish freedom, Mike made many powerful and determined enemies here in America as well as England and Ireland. Despite that he was elected Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York in 1981.

Throughout his life Mike sent aid and encouragement to those refusing to accept the British occupation of Ireland or acknowledge the legitimacy of two sectarian states-the products of partition. Not only did Mike rebuff those who abandoned Republican principles in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 60s; he, together with George Harrison, characterized the 'Provos' abandonment of Republican principles in 1986 as the "same old departure". After returning from a visit to Ireland in 1987, Mike along with George Harrison and Joe Stynes founded Cumann na Saoirse Naisiunta - The National Irish Freedom Committee to carry the torch of Irish Republicanism in America.

Mike passed away on September 29, 1994. He was a true son of Ireland and a worthy citizen of his adopted country, the United States of America. Mike's legacy lives on and the torch of Irish Freedom that he carried throughout his entire life continues to burn brightly.

 

 

Statement from CIRA Prisoners, Roe 3, Maghaberry Gaol, Co Antrim.

Press Release, August 31st, 2014

Following a process of ongoing discussion and analysis between the representatives of all Republican political prisoners in Roe House Republican wing, it has been agreed that the use of all facilities and physical space will be on a shared basis from Monday 1st September 2014.

The Maghaberry Gaol administration will be made aware of this new dispensation immediately.

Decisions relating to the utilisation of the limited physical space available in Roe will be regulated through the agreement of the representatives of the republican prisoner groups and no one else.

In the past the gaol administration have exploited relationships between republican prisoners to foster and exacerbate tensions, so as to create division and disharmony. This has been to subvert the August 2010 agreement generally, but in particular it is a last ditch effort to legitimise its discredited and condemned controlled movement policy.

All Republican prisoners are united in our determination to resist all British state criminalisation efforts.

Equally we are committed to taking whatever action we deem necessary to achieve the implementation of the August 2010 agreement which alone provides the route towards the establishment of a conflict free environment.

Signed: O/C, CIRA POWs, Maghaberry Gaol


Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Memorial Fund

Preas Ráiteas / Press ReleaseRÓB

In August 2014 the County Roscommon IRA Commemoration Committee, of which Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was chairperson for many years, established the Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Memorial Fund. The objective of this fund is to erect a statue in memory of Ruairí as a lasting tribute. The date for the unveiling is Easter 2016. This statue will stand next to the Shankill Monument in Elphin, County Roscommon.

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was a towering figure of Irish Republicanism in the latter half of the 20th century. He came to embody the very essence of the Republican tradition, setting the very highest standards of commitment, duty, honour and loyalty to the cause of Irish freedom.

Since the 1950s he served at every level of the Republican Movement, and from 1956 took on the onerous responsibilities of national leadership, with only a short interval, up until his death in 2013.

Ruairí was a man of immense capability both as a politician and as a soldier. He holds the
unique distinction of serving as President of Sinn Féin, Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and from 1957 to 1961 as a TD, representing Longford/Westmeath.

At critical junctures in the history of the Republican Movement, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, along with his close friend and comrade, the late Dáithí Ó Conaill, manned the gap against the forces of reformism who sought to convert a revolutionary movement of national liberation into a mere constitutional political party, first in 1969/70 and once again in 1986.

For Ruairí the essential principles of Irish freedom were clear and marked the political course to be followed. He dismissed any cult of the personality.

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was a tireless champion of the Irish language viewing it as the cornerstone of our unique identity as a nation. Like Pádraig Mac Piarais he believed in an Ireland that was not only free but Gaelic as well; not only Gaelic but free as well.

He played a leading role in formulating the ÉIRE NUA proposals for a four-province Federal Ireland, which was based on the principles of true decentralisation of decision-making with full participatory democracy involving all sections of the Irish people as trust founders of a New
Ireland. He was among the Republican leaders who met representatives of loyalism and unionism at Feakle, Co Clare in 1974 and later strongly supported the MacBride/Boal talks.
For Ruairí Ó Brádaigh there could be no temporising on the issue of British rule in Ireland.

Drawing on the lessons of Irish history he recognised that it constituted the root cause of conflict and injustice for the Irish people. In opposing the 1998 Stormont Agreement he viewed it as a flawed document serving only to copper-fasten British Rule while also institutionalising sectarianism, thereby further deepening the sectarian divide. The economically and politically oppressed and partitioned Ireland of today is far removed from the vision of a New Ireland, which inspired Irish Republicans such as Ruairí Ó Brádaigh.

In order to raise the much needed finances to pay for the costs of erecting such a testament to Ruairí, Republican Sinn Féin working with the Commemoration Committee is calling on all supporters of the Republican Movement to lend their support to the fund. All donations will be receipted and greatly appreciated.

Send Donations To:
Dermot Mullooly, Kiltrustan, Strokestown, County Roscommon
or
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Memorial, c/o 223 Sráid Pharnell, BÁC 1, Éire' (223 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland).


Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Summer School

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NIFC/Éire Nua march in New Haven Ct

Facts re. The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921

Mike Flannery leads the 1983 St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York

Statement from POW Department, Republican Sinn Féin

The 2013 Annual Fenian Commemoration

Eire Nua Political Campaign Launch

The 37th Annual Cabhair Christmas Swim in the Grand Canal, Inchicore, Dublin

The 18th Annual Flannery Awards Dinner

Forty Years of Éire Nua

Gerry Conlon On Radio Free Éireann(RFÉ) on International IPOW Day

Gerry Conlon at CUNY School of Law’s 

Brian Mor's Cartoons

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Irish Republican Information Service

In this issue 3/23/14

1. Vote NO 1 for Pádraig Garvey!
2. Man arrested by RUC in raids in Lurgan
3. Stephen Murney acquitted of all charges
4. RUC patrol cross border into Donegal
5. Pipe bomb left at GAA club
6. MI5 follow Derry man to Lithuania
7. MI5 decide if victims get home protection
8. John Moran remembered in Enniscorthy
9. First Co Wexford soldier to fall in War of Independence
10. POW picket in Wexford
11. Documents  ‘prove man shot by British army was unarmed’
12. McGurk’s Bar massacre dossier �rewritten�
13. Pat Finucane: Belfast vigil marks 25th anniversary
14. Delays in Six-County inquests could see dozens of damages lawsuits
15. Samuel Devenney death: documents to stay secret
16. Lá Mór na Gaeilge – thousands march for language rights
17. Dublin City Council votes to take back waste management
18. Complaint filed at International Criminal Court over NATO allies� complicity in US drone strikes

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The Irish Language

Government reversal follows ‘strong public support’ for Coimisinéir Teanga

Why minding our language is a priority

Leaked document shows reversal of Irish language obligations

Irish speaker not entitled to bi-lingual jury for trial

Minister McGinley’s “complete failure” to defend the Irish language prompts resignation call

Democrat editorial: A big day for language equality

Irish language campaigners to demonstrate in Belfast

EU respects Irish Language more than our leaders do

Thousands march for language rights

Column: We’ll soon find out whether we lose our native language forever


Links to Irish Emigration Articles

Centuries-old mass grave of Irish laborers probed in Pennsylvania

Ten Irish emigration songs that will stir your heart (VIDEOS)

Emigration Is Not a Jobs Policy; We're Not Leaving – say youth groups

Why Ireland needs to give its emigrants a say in the country

Young discuss fightback against attacks on ‘lost generation’

Emigration to the UK in 2012


Links to Irish News --- across the colonial divide

UN HRC Concluding Observations on Ireland and ICCPR, 24 July 2014

Bundestag committee claims Ireland has no plan for growth

Guildford Four’s Gerry Conlon dies in Belfast

Martin McGuinness in 'Disappeared' storm

Torture retold: how the ‘Hooded Men’ case has come back under the spotlight

Six unresolved Troubles killings claiming British State collusion

Religious orders allowed over 2,000 Irish children to be used in medical experiments

Claim of 800 children's remains buried at Irish home for unwed mothers

Biopic and black comedy tackle church, politics, power in Ireland

Memorial bid to mark mass grave of 800 babies in Galway

COMMENT: Wise move by Adams to go public with ‘MI5 agent’ allegation

Gerry Adams accused of giving IRA orders by ex-IRA man Peter Rogers

Republicans say McGuinness should stay away from Easter commemorations

Irish state visit to the Queen means nothing to ordinary people

Ireland to investigate claims Garda read journalists' phone records

History trumps Democracy

This month in Irish and

Irish-American history


Tom Williams

 On Sept. 2,1942 -  Belfast born IRA Volunteer Tom Williams was hanged at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail by the British, despite requests from all the world including America to save his life.  For unknown reasons the life of his  comrade, Joe Cahill, was spared.


Cornwallis attacks Castlebar
On  Sept.  4, 1798 – Cornwallis who had already  surrendered the American colonies moved forward from Tuam to attack Castlebar that had been captured by General Humbert  leader of the French expeditionary force


Battle of Brandywine Creek

On September 11, 1777 General Sir William Howe and General Charles Cornwallis launch a full-scale British attack on General George Washington and the Patriot outpost at Brandywine Creek near Chadds Ford, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, on the road linking Baltimore and Philadelphia.


Attack on America.

Sept. 11, 2001 -- starting at approximately 8:45 AM on Tuesday, morning a series of horrendous attacks on the United States of America was carried out by extremist Islamic groups.  The attacks were conducted against innocent American citizens and against America's financial and military infrastructures.


Dr. Kathleen Lynn, 

On Sept. 14, 1955 - Dr. Kathleen Lynn, Irish Citizen Army officer, and an activist in women’s rights  in the early 1900’s died


The Irish Brigade

On September 17 -1862  the Irish Brigade led by General Thomas Meagher at the Battle of Antietam Creek at Sharpsburg in Maryland, cleared four South Carolina regiments from protected positions on the Sunken Road, later know as "The Bloody Lane".  After a fierce fight they drove the southerners from the road on the bloodiest single day in U. S. military history. However, the Brigade absorbed 540 casualties.  After they ran out of ammunition and resorted to throwing rocks the Brigade was ordered to withdraw.


Robert Emmett

On Sept. 20, 1803 - Robert Emmett  was hung drawn and quartered in Dublin by the British  for having led  the 1803 Uprising  against British presences in Ireland


Thomas Ashe

 On Sept, 25,  1917 - Thomas Ashe was the first Irish Republican to die on hunger strike in Ireland while seeking political status.


Michael Flannery

On Sept. 30,  1998 - Michael Flannery  of the Third Tipperary Brigade, life long faithful Irish Republican and co-founder of Cumann Na Saoirse Naisiunta died at his home in New York at age of 92 

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