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Eamonn McCann witnessed the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972, when British soldiers killed 14 demonstrators in Derry. He spoke to Judith Orr about the long campaign for justice.

You once wrote that the families of those shot on Bloody Sunday didn't need to be told the truth - they just wanted the truth to be told. What was it like in the Guildhall when they finally saw the Saville inquiry findings?

I arrived about an hour and a half before the report was made public. I bounded up the grand staircase of Guildhall in Derry to the main hall where there were about 200 members of the families assembled, and you didn't have to ask them what they thought of the report. Half of the people there were weeping, half had shining smiles on their faces, and then we were just in a frenzy of hugs and backslapping. It was a highly emotional moment, one of the most intense and emotional experiences in my political life.

I was absolutely 100 percent confident that all the dead and wounded would be exonerated and was being rebuked in the days leading up to the publication of the report by other campaigners for taking too much for granted. My certainty was based quite simply on the evidence given to Saville. It became clear that none of the soldiers were seriously claiming that any of the dead and injured had been handling weapons; their consistent account was that they hit innocent people by accident when firing at terrorists. An obvious cock and bull story.--- continue


Don’t let them steal our history

The recent ceremony held in Glasnevin cemetery on July 31 marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War - attended by representatives of both the 26-County State and the British State - was but part of a wider campaign designed to normalise British rule in Ireland by sanitising our history. Within the media the cheerleaders are already in full voice. Joe Duffy, from his bully pulpit launched a scathing attack on Republican Sinn Féin and its protest held at Glasnevin. Duffy refused to engage with the issues and instead went on a rant describing the protesters as “yobs” and seemed fixated on their clothing for some bizarre reason known only to himself. When I came on the air to talk about our protest and the issues underlying it on August 5, Duffy refused to allow any meaningful discussion or debate. At one point, when I put it to him that I didn’t come on to his programme to be lectured he said he would never lecture Republican Sinn Féin as he claimed he would be “afraid ”to. While refusing to engage with the ideas and ideology of the protest he was quite content to demonise an entire political organisation. Such tactics are as old as the hills. In 1858 in West Cork a local newspaper editor wrote about the drilling and marching which Fenians in the Skibbereen area were engaging in. He called on the British colonial police to arrest the men. Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa described the action of the editor as “felon setting”. (The ‘Treason Felony Act of 1848’ which remains in force, was used against the Young Irelanders and the Fenian Movement)Irish history was unkind to the ‘felon-setters’ of 1858 and all who assumed that role ever since. Joe Duffy’s words and actions are merely a modern manifestation of this ignoble practice. Republicans should be aware that this type of felon-setting often precedes a wave of coercion A narrative is being crafted that places the First World War on the same plane as the 1916 Rising and attempts to incorporate it into our national story. This process involves sanitising our history to the point that it is denuded of any real meaning. It is rarely I find myself in agreement with Ronan Fanning however I cannot but agree with his analysis of the process of “massaging history” that is being practiced by the political establishments: Writing in The Irish Times on August 16 Fanning states that what is happening is: “…the propagation of a bland, bloodless, bowdlerised and inaccurate hybrid of history, which if carried to extremes is more likely to provoke political outrage than to command intellectual respect, let alone consensus.” An example of this is a listing in the National Museum at Collins Barracks in Dublin of all Irishmen killed between April 24 and May 12 1916.--- continue

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Annual Michael Flannery Testimonial Dinner

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Memorial Fund

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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Tearful scenes in Dublin Airport as emigrants bid farewell

Who will film the airport misery as Ireland’s immigrants leave home again after Christmas?

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

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Annie Moore 

On Jan. 1, 1892 -  Annie Moore  aged 15  of Co. Cork was  the first immigrant to  pass through Ellis Island.


‘The Black and Tans'
 On Jan. 2, 1920 -  British prisons became the recruitment centers for the state sponsored terror outfit ‘The Black and Tans' who launched a reign of terror that will never be forgotten in Ireland.


Battle of Princeton

On Jan. 3, 1777 – – the Revolutionary War Battle of Princeton took place resulting in an American victory.  The battle, was one of the fiercest of its size where American troops under General George Washington defeated a force of British Regulars. It was during this battle that Irish-born Colonel John Haslet was killed


Loyalists Attack Civil Rights March

On Jan. 4, 1969 - Loyalists mobs attacked the People's Democracy march  from Belfast to Derry at Burntollet Bridge. Among the attackers were off-duty members of the B-Specials, who formed part of the RUC


Irish Declaration of Independence

On Jan. 13, 2001 - One and a half copies of the most important piece of documentation of the 20th century in Ireland, the Declaration of Independence, is sold to a New York collector for £56,000


First Dail Eireann

On Jan. 21, 1919- Daíl Éireann, chaired by Sean T. O’Kelly meets for the very first time at  the Mansion House in Dublin


The Emergency Powers Act

On Jan. 28, 1941 - the Emergency Powers Act provided for the censorship of press messages to places outside the Free State

 


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