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Well, we know that eighteen years after that solemn declaration it was disregarded, and the Irish Parliament, which lasted for five hundred years, was destroyed by the Act of Union. Gentlemen, the Act of Union was carried by force and fraud, by treachery and falsehood.

Sunday April 24th 2016 Centennial Of the 1916 Easter Rising

Glorious sun shone down on the large crowd that came out for the Easter Commemoration hosted by Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta on Sunday. A piper played as family members of the late Joe Stynes laid a memorial wreath as his grave and spoke about his life.
Master of ceremonies Jane Enright opened up the program by inviting Mairéad Ní Dhubhda and Tomás Abernethy to read Forógra na Poblachta, which was appropriately followed by a commanding reading of the Easter Statement from the Republican Movement in Ireland.
Seosamh Ó Flatharta gave a stirring rendition of Padraig Pearse’s 1915 Oration at the grave of Ó Donavon Rossa followed by Gary Delaney who read the compelling document The Irish Republic.
A representative of the Stynes Family closed out the cemetery portion of the program with a reading of “The Fenian Faith” written by the prodigious artist, the late Brian Mor Ó Baoighill.
Liam Ó Murchú led a group to the grave of the  American Civil War hero and Fenian Leader Col. Thomas Kelly for a short ceremony. Erica Veil, a direct descendant of Col. Kelly also spoke about her famous relative and reminded those present that  next year 2017  is the 150th anniversary of Col Kelly's ascendancy to the leadership of the  Fenian Movement   worldwide
The program continued at Rory Dolans restaurant where a great crowd  was welcomed by Master of ceremonies Maggie Trainor,who  opened the ceremony and thanked everyone for joining together with Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta for the centenary commemoration of Easter 1916.
Bridget  Ó Farrell led the crowd in a recitation of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic; following, Tomás Ó Coısdealbha gave the NIFC’s  well received 2016 Easter Message.
After breaking for lunch, the historic “Reading of the Names” ceremony got under way. One by one, members of the audience came to the podium to read aloud the names of the patriots of the 1916 Rising,while holding  their pictures  that were simultaneously  flashed on the large screen. A total of 82 pictures were found for the occasion and it may be that this was the first occasion when so many pictures of the 1916 patriots were  available for people to participate in a solemn tribute    Following the Reading of the Names, the organizations who participated in the Rising were also read aloud in historic fashion.
Once the names had been read, and the audience seated, a poignant video compiled by Tomás Ó Coısdealbha was shown memorializing the children who lost their lives during the Rising of Easter week 1916
Upon completion, a moment of silence was observed before the program continued with Mary Tohill Costello speaking on behalf of the Centennial Banner Project, a five year project  that commemorates the functioning of the Irish Republic of 1916-1921
Joan Messina approached the podium for a reading of Séamus Heaney’s “Requiem for the Croppies” followed by Byron Heller who gave a skillful rendering of Yeats poem “Easter 1916”
Suzanne Heller gave a marvelous delivery of Sėamus Metress's poem “Ireland's Lost Poet” followed by Peadar Mac Maghnuis who was asked to come to the podium and conclude the ceremony.
Master of ceremonies Maggie Trainor thanked everyone once again on behalf of Cumann na Saoırse Náisiúnta for attending the 100th Commemoration of the Easter Rising. This concluded the ceremony.

Click on the following  links to download related videos

 (Commemoration P1 at Woodlawn Cemetery (Commemoration P2 at Rory Dolan's )  

 (Patsy O'Bradaigh)   (Reading of the Names)    (Children of the Rising)

“A million dead. A million fled” is Mr. Nicholson’s lead falsehood promoting yet another “Irish Famine” book (Irish Echo, Mar. 16 – 22, page 20).

Is it still too soon to publicize the truth about Ireland’s Holocaust; now, 171 years after its start? It was no “famine” but a genocide perpetrated by more than half of Britain’s then-empire army. Ireland’s abundant food crops were removed at gunpoint by sixty-seven of Britain’s total army of 130 regiments. They marched Ireland's crops to the nearest port for export to England and world markets, thus murdering some five million innocents. It is shocking that The Irish Echo would allocate a full page to a promotion of the old falsehood. The offending book claims to be taking the Irish side; so did Tony Blair in 1997 when his “apology to the Irish” was read by Irish actor Gabriel Byrne at the Millstreet, Co. Cork "famine" commemoration. Blair "apologized" that Britain was “standing by” while Ireland starved. Deploying sixty-seven army regiments to remove Ireland’s food crops is not “standing by.” The perpetration of genocide is action; not “standing by.” Also, the failure of one crop among many is a setback, not life-threatening. 
“Irish famine” slanders the murdered starvelings and conceals genocide. It suggests, falsely, that “they fell into a lethal rap of their own making by growing only one failure-prone crop.” The genocidal robbery of Ireland's food crops was “legal;” English landlords then claimed ownership of some 90% of Irish land and practically all produced thereon. The constabulary (Britain’s eyes and ears in Ireland) were the first line of removal. When the producers resisted, the constabulary notified the county militia (landlords’ private army). When combined forces met resistance they summoned the nearest British army garrison. The three forces combined never failed to extract the food crops. Ireland’s hundreds of identified mass graves constitute silent testimony to the effect of the food removal. The landlords are long-gone; bought out and repatriated to England; nearly all between 1900 and 1910. 
It is distressing that The Irish Echo would publish Mr. Nicholson’s blatant cover-up. He misrepresents the writings of Liam Flaherty and Walter Macken who quite explicitly detailed the core fact that Nicholson conceals; the food removal by the British army. If we expect to ever end genocide as government policy we must expose genocide, not continue to conceal it.The facts are available since 1995 in my “Mass Graves of Ireland; 1845-1850” pamphlet that was also distributed to 15,000 attendees of the Millstreet event mentioned above. My www.irishholocaust.org expands on the pamphlet. Click repeatedly on its map to see which regiment starved your relatives.  
While “famine” writers soon abandoned some 90% of their falsehoods (e.g.; “no food was exported while Ireland starved”), they started a new one: “It was the rich Irish starving the poor Irish.” So I compiled “the definitive study;” a book that just had its third printing (2nd Dublin one). Its data are from incontrovertible sources; Britain’s National Archives, Parliamentary Papers, Ordnance Survey of Ireland, etc. Its title; “Ireland 1845-1850; the Perfect Holocaust, and Who Kept it ‘Perfect’.” All proceeds go toward installation of memorials over Holocaust mass graves in Ireland. ("Holocaust" from written records starting in 1847.) E-Book later this year. 

Christopher Fogarty

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh & Irish America

Speech by Dieter Reinisch delivered at book launches in the USA, October 2015.

This is the speech given by Dieter Reinisch, Editor of the American Edition of “Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Selected Writings & Speeches, Vol I, Cló Saoirse: New York 2015” at the 20th Annual Flannery Dinner on Saturday, October 17, in Yonkers, NY. An adapted version of this speech was also given at book launches in the Terence MacSwiney Club, Jenkintown, PA, on Sunday, October 18, and in Waterbury, CT, on Tuesday, October 20.

It is a great honour to be invited to launch the American Edition of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh’s Selected Writings and Speeches at this year’s Michael Flannery Dinner here in New York. The launch of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh’s writings is indeed an important event in the history of Irish Republicanism and the Irish American community. It is six months to go until the Irish Republican Movement around the world will commemorate the centenary of the glorious Easter Rising of 1916 and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. However, while the All-Ireland Republic was proclaimed in 1916 and Irishmen and Irishwomen fought a courageous war of independence against colonial rule, in 1921 the Irish people were betrayed by activists from within the Republican Movement. Since then, the Irish people have been betrayed so many times by former Irish Republicans, in 1927, in 1948, in 1969, and again in 1986. As a consequence, today in 2015, Ireland remains unfree and partitioned. The Northern 6 Counties are ruled by England, while the Southern 26 Counties are ruled by a corrupt political establishment not loyal to the Irish people but instead loyal to their masters in Brussels, Berlin, Paris, and Frankfurt.

Contrary to the people of Ireland, the American people were successful in their fight for independence and the establishment of this glorious Republic. The differences between the success of the American Revolution and the Irish Revolution was firstly, the strength of the British Empire during these revolutionary periods and secondly, the distances of America on the one hand and Ireland on the hand to their colonial oppressor, England. While America and England was divided by the Atlantic Ocean, there is merely the tiny Irish Sea dividing Ireland and England. As a consequence, the American people succeeded in the establishing if their Republic while the Irish people failed in their attempts. The struggle fought by the Irish Republican Movement today is therefore still the same struggle as the one fought by the women and men of Easter Week 1916 and it is still the same struggle fought by the revolutionaries of America, the French Republicans and the United Irishman in the late 18th century.

It is this situation, the partition of Ireland, the foreign rule, the social inequality, the racism against migrants, the sectarianism in the North, the walls dividing the communities in Belfast, the daily house raids, repressions, harassments, and the mere existence of over one hundred Republican prisoners on the island of Ireland that make the writings of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh we are launching today relevant for Irish Republicans in the 21st century.

Additionally, there is a second crucial aspect that makes the publication of an American Edition of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh’s writings indeed a historical event. When the Six Occupied Counties of Ulster erupted in the late 1960s, the Irish Republican Army fought a war in defence of the Irish nationalist minority and Sinn Féin campaigned for the implementation of the Éire Nua programme, it was once again Irish America who stood by their brothers and sisters in Ireland. Among those activists were noble Irish-American Republicans like Michael Flannery who formed the Irish Action Committee (IAC), later re-named Irish Northern Aid Committee (INAC), and established contact with Ruairí Ó Brádaigh in 1970


This month in Irish and

Irish-American history

 First Dail 1919

 On April 1, 1919 - Eamonn DeValera was elected president of the first Dáil Éireann

 US Civil War starts
On April 12, 1861 - the official  start of the American Civil War  began  with the firing upon of Fort Sumter.

 Over 15,000 Irishmen served in the Union Army and over 4,000 served in the Confederate Army.

Tricolor Introduced

On April  4, 1848 - the legendary, Young Irelander, Thomas Francis Meagher displayed the Irish Tricolor for the first time in Ireland.

Titanic sinks ---  at 2:20 AM on the morning April 15,  1912 the Titanic sank after striking an iceberg resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

Mc Curtain Inquest

 On April 17, 1920 - a verdict of willful murder was returned at the inquest of Tomas Mc Curtain, the Republican mayor of Cork.

Death of James Stephens

 On April 20, 1901, James Stephens, founder of the Irish Republican Brotherhood died.

Easter Uprising begins

On April 24, 1916 - the Easter Uprising began at the GPO in Dublin. The  Rising  was to have  profound and far-reaching effects on Ireland's subsequent history.

Battle of Mount Street Bridge

On April 26,, 1916 - the Battle of Mount Street Bridge in Dublin took place.

GPO bombarded

 On April 27, 1916 - British artillery bombard the GPO. James Connolly was seriously injured during the bombardment

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