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Roll of Honor

 

Read the roll of honor for Ireland's bravest men
We must be united in memory of the ten,
England you're a monster, don't think that you have won
We will never be defeated while Ireland has such sons.

In those dreary H-Block cages ten brave young Irishmen lay
Hungering for justice as their young lives ebbed away,
For their rights as Irish soldiers and to free their native land
They stood beside their leader - the gallant Bobby Sands.
Now they mourn Hughes in Bellaghy,
Ray McCreesh in Armagh's hills
In those narrow streets of Derry they miss O'Hara still,
They so proudly gave their young lives to break Britannia's hold
Their names will be remembered as history unfolds.

Read the roll of honor for Ireland's bravest men
We must be united in memory of the ten,
England you're a monster, don't think that you have won
We will never be defeated while Ireland has such sons.

Through the war torn streets of Ulster the black flags did sadly sway
To salute ten Irish martyrs the bravest of the brave,
Joe McDonnell, Martin Hurson, Kevin Lynch, Kieran Doherty
They gave their lives for freedom with Thomas McElwee.
Michael Devine from Derry you were the last to die
With your nine brave companions with the martyred dead you lie
Your souls cry out "Remember, our deaths were not in vain.
Fight on and make our homeland a nation once again!

 

Gareth Peirce  tribute to Gerry Conlon

GARETH PEIRCE is the lawyer - incredible human being who defended Gerry Conlon in the English courts and WON HIS FREEDOM

Three weeks ago Gerry Conlon reluctantly admitted himself into Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital, fearing pneumonia and that treatment might temporarily ground him. Instead, he was told he had incurable lung cancer and little time left to live. He willed himself to prolong his survival. For the first time he had found peace, with someone he had now met for a second time, the first briefly in Belfast in 1989 when he burst out of the doors of the Old Bailey.

Until then he had inhabited a world that was a form of hell. Since 1974 all he had dreamt of was freedom and yet when it came, the poison of those 15 years had permeated his whole being. When he spoke with Guantanamo survivors, he found practices of the 21st century mirrored those of the 1970s; he too had been hooded, shackled and subjected to rendition – from his home in the North of Ireland to a police station in Surrey - threatened, brutalised and tortured until he confessed to the IRA bombings of pubs in the garrison towns of Guildford and Woolwich. Yet the claim that four innocent and improbable young people were responsible should have been immediately derailed by the cast iron alibis of two. Instead, the intimidation of alibi witnesses, or in the case of Gerry, the burial of a statement that proved he could not have been anywhere but at a Kilburn hostel for young Irish men, overcame that obstacle. Even more inconveniently, the IRA unit that had carried out some 60 other attacks to which Guildford and Woolwich were identical, was captured. Some two years later, in 1976, the Court of Appeal heard first hand the testimony of the IRA unit – they were responsible and no one else. In a determined insistence that it was for judges and not a new jury to decide upon new evidence, the four appellants were sent back to prison for another 13 years. --- continue


Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Summer School

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A lesson in Awareness and Compassion

In 1831

In 1831 President Andrew Jackson (whose parents emigrated from Antrim in northern Ireland) seized the fertile Choctaws tribal lands and forced the indigenous Choctaws to a harrowing 500-mile trek to what would be called Indian Territory and then later Oklahoma. The forced journey became known as the “Trail of Tears”. Of about 20,000 Choctaws who started the journey, more than half perished from exposure, malnutrition, and disease. All this despite the fact that during the War of 1812 the Choctaws had been allies of then General Jackson in his campaign against the British in New Orleans.

Only 16 years later in 1847 a group of Choctaws, moved by news of starvation in Ireland, gathered in Scullyville, Oklahoma to raise a relief fund. They managed to collect $170 and forwarded it to a U.S. famine relief organization.

Obviously their sympathy came from their recognition of the similarities between the experiences of the Irish and Choctaw. They note that both were victims of conquest that led to loss of property, forced migration and exile, mass starvation, and cultural suppression.

In 2012

 Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia  (OP-ED New York Times,  March 15, 2014)

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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


This month in Irish and

Irish-American history

Battle of Ridgeway

On June 2 1866 -- The Fenian Army under General John O'Neill defeated British forces at Ridgeway, Ontario


Death of  Michael Gaughan

 On June 3 1974 -- Michael Gaughan IRA volunteer died on hunger strike while seeking political status in Parkhurst Prison, England


Battle of Cold Harbor

On June 3, 1864 -- the Corcoran Legion  lost  more men at Cold Harbor than any other brigade, North or South. 900 men were shot down in a half-hour that morning accounting for at least a quarter of all the Federal losses in Grant’s assault.

Afterward, two soldiers from the Legion received the Medal of Honor for their valor at Cold Harbor.


Battle of Benturb

On June 5, 1646 -- Irish forces under Ulster chieftains defeated the English at the Battle of Benturb


Uprising in Ulster

On June 6, 1798 - Uprising breaks out in Ulster after  Henry Joy McCracken issued proclamation calling United Irishmen in Ulster to arms.


IRA Raid on Gough Military Barracks

On June 12, 1954 -- the IRA made an audacious raid on Gough Military Barracks in Armagh. It marked the beginning of IRA activities in the British occupied Irish counties that led  to what became known as   the Border Campaign


Battle of Ballynahinch  

On June 13, 1798 --numerically superior English forces defeated the United Irishmen at the battle of Ballynahinch.


James Larkin Memorial unveiled

On June 15, 1979 -- a memorial to James Larkin  on O’Connell Street, Dublin was unveiled. Larkin, a revolutionary socialist, dominated the Irish Trade Union movement. G. B. Shaw once described him as ‘the greatest Irishman since Parnell


Death of William Smith O’Brien,

On June 18, 1864 --  William Smith O’Brien, leading member of the literary-political Young Ireland movement died.


Clan Na Gael Founded

On June 20,1867 - Clan Na Gael, Irish revolutionary organization and the counterpart of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, is formed by John Devoy, Daniel Cohalan and Joseph McGarrity in the USA. The objectives of the organization are to secure an independent Ireland


Theobald Wolfe Tone

Theobald Wolfe Tone who was born on June 20, 1763 was a leading Irish revolutionary figure. He was a founding member of the United Irishmen and is regarded as the father of Irish republicanism. He was sentenced to death for his involvement in the 1798 Rising but died from alleged self inflicted wounds before he could be executed. 

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