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The Craigavon 2

Craigavon 2 Brendan McConville and John Paul Wooton (the Craigavon Two) were convicted by a non-jury Diplock court for the killing of a member of the RUC/PSNI in March 2009. The case underlines the unchanging nature of British injustice in Ireland. The situation the Craigavon Two find themselves in shows that the infamous ‘conveyer belt’ non-jury Diplock Court system initially put in practice in 'Northern Ireland' in the early 1970s remains in place and continues to imprison innocent Irish men and women on  the basis of evidence that could not withstand legal scrutiny in other jurisdictions. This case is eerily similar to the cases of the Birmingham six and the Guilford

Irish people from the nationalist community cannot receive justice at the hands of a non-jury system that is purpose built to  deliver verdicts on the basis of political decisions and the imperatives of the British State, rather than norms of legal due process. Despite claims to the contrary the case of the Craigavon 2 indicates that British ruled 'Northern Ireland'  is an  artificial & undemocratic statelet that can only be  held in place by use of draconian laws, non jury courts and political prisons. 

We call for the unconditional release of the Craigavon Two and urge concerned individuals to contact civil liberty and human rights bodies and speak out against this latest miscarriage of justice, one in a long litany of such cases experienced by the Irish people at the hands of the British Judicial system. Please visit the following website for more information about this miscarriage of justice.



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Séamus Ó Dubhda (1933 2015) 

Séamus Ó Dubhda, life long Irish Republican activist died at his home in Forest Hills New York in the late hours of Sunday August 24th. Séamus was born in Baile na Leacan in Co Kerry Ireland in 1933 and emigrated to New York in 1968 A little later he met his wife Maureen O Connor, also a Kerry native from Claish, Baile na nGall and they were married in 1971. His wife Máirín, daughters Mairéad, Patricia, Shiobhan and nine grandchildren survive him. 


Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Wednesday: 7-9 pm
Thursday: 2-5pm and 7-9pm
Fox Funeral Home
98-07 Ascan Ave.
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Funeral mass Friday 9:30am
Our Lady of Mercy Church
Kessel St., Forest Hills
Burial to follow, St John's Cemetary, Middle Village, NY


Rugadh Séamus Ó Dubhda i mBaıle na Leacan, baıle ın ıarthaır Chorcha Dhuıbhne I gCıarraí. Ghabh se le gluaıseacht na Poblachta go luath ına shaol, agus bhí sé an-ghníomhach I Sınn Féın ‘sna Caogaıdai agus Seascadaí.   

The event that baptized him into the Republican faith more that anything was the execution of Irish Republican leaders, Maurice O Neill and Charlie Kearns by the Irish Free State. Séamus held that ÓNeill and Kearns were defending the 32 county Irish Republic proclaimed by Pádraic Mac Piarais in 1916.  For the rest of his life Séamus strived to never do anything that would betray their memory or the Cause for which they died. He held the view that the 32 Irish Republic proclaimed in 1916 was a living entity that had to be restored by true Irish Republicans. Séamus never backed down from expressing that view on any given occasion. 

Séamus held that the Irish Free State (the 26 county government) and the Stormont assembly in the occupied six counties were British imposed institutions and constitutional cul-de-sacs.  He held them in utter contempt and supported the policy of abstaining (abstenionism) with regards to both institutions. 

He played a key role in blocking the attempt by the Irish Republican Movement leadership of the late1960s to recognize the Irish Free State in Dublin   

He became a legend in 1986, when he knew that there was another climb –down by the Leadership of the day. He flew to Dublin to attend the Sınn Féın Árd Fheıs (national convention) in the Mansion House in Dublin counseled against the move to drop the policy of abstentionism.

When the leadership dropped the policy, he later joined the Republican walkout, led by Ruairí Ó Brádaıgh, Dáıthí Ó Conaıll, and Sınn Féın members at the reconvening of the Árd Fheıs, under the banner of Republican Sınn Féın. 

This tradition of ‘walking out’ was a well-established tactic by opponents of constitutional politics i.e. recognizing British rule in Ireland. It was notably employed by Young Irelanders at a meeting of the O Connell Repeal movement held in the Conciliation Hall in Dublin on 16 February 1846.  Thomas Francis Meagher and the Young Irelanders walked out and two years later were involved in the Rising of 1848.   

Along the way, their three daughters, Mairéad, Patricia and Siobhán  no strangers at Árd Fheisanna, Bodenstown and other Republican commemorations at different times in Ireland.

  All of them remember the chants and the banging of the lids outside the British Consulate during the 1981 Hunger strike demonstrations 

Séamus and the extended family have never missed a republican event including the annual Flannery Testimonial Dinners, Easter and Fenian commemorations held   by Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta (CnSN) in New York.  Séamus regularly delivered Forógra na Cásca i nGaeilge (The Easter Proclamation in Gaeilge) and was invariably joined by family members including grandchildren  at these commemorations.

Séamus requested that Tadhg Brosnan, another Irish Republican legend from Kerry, be remembered at the annual CnSN Fenian Commemoration held in Calvary Cemetary last May. The pipers and Séamus led the crowd to Tadhg’s graveside and paid a fine tribute to his comrade. Séamus did not hide his emotion on the occasion, noting that he was most pleased that Tadhg Brosnan received such a fine Fenian tribute. 

Séamus said that he was humbled upon receiving the Michael Flannery Award in 2002 and noted that it was not enough to believe in the Irish Republic - one must work for its’ restoration.  

Seamus kept life uncomplicated.  First and foremost, he loved his family and was proud of them.  Secondly he loved his native land, worked for its’ freedom and was always happy to discuss the Kingdom’s success in Gaelic football, noting that they lost more finals that they won.  

It will be some time before we see the likes of Séamus again 

 Ar dheıs láımh Dé go raıbh a anam uasal! ~

Séamus Ó Dubhda reading the 1916 Proclamation in Geailge

 

Fenian Commemoration May 17th 2015

The Fenian Monument, Calvary Cemetery, Queens NY.

Glorious sun shown down on Sunday morning and the swirl of the pipes  made  a perfect setting as a crowd organized by Cumann na Saoirse Náısıúnta(CnSN) gathered at the Fenian monument in Calvary cemetery for the annual commemoration.

Master of ceremonies Maggie Trainor opened up the ceremony by inviting Tomas Ó Coisdealbha to the podium to give the opening remarks. The Fenian Proclamation of 1867 was then read.

Seosamh Ó Flatharta was then called upon to read “The Fenian Faith” a piece written by our own late Brian Mór Ó Baoighill.

Historical and personal reflection on the Manchester Martyrs was given by Bob Bateman, noting in particular Michael Ó Brian; American citizen and Union army veteran, who upon a failed hanging attempt was murdered in the pit by the executioner along with his compatriot Michael Larkin.

In continuing the National Irish Freedom Committee’s efforts to highlight and promote the role of Irish women in the fight for Irish freedom, Chairwoman Maggie Trainor continued the program by giving a detailed tribute to prominent Fenian activist Marguerite Moore. Instrumental in setting up the Ladies Land League, Marguerite was “an outspoken advocate for Irish freedom and together with other Irish- American women activists participated in numerous speaking engagements, demonstration, strikes, and fundraising activities in support of Sinn Féin and the Irish Republican Brotherhood before and after the Easter Rising of 1916. Her pen was always ready to advocate for the poor and oppressed regardless of gender, race or creed.”

Seamus Ó Dubhda, Longtime activist and Irish Republican,accompanied by  Tyrone pipers John Mc Manus and Seán Thornton led the crowd to the graveside of West Kerry man, Irish War of Independence veteran, and modern day Fenian Tadhg Brosnan. At the graveside, Séamus graciously deferred to Mary Ó Flaherty who read aloud a full tribute to Volunteer Brosnan backed by the stirring sound of pipes. Continuing the tribute, Long time musician and founding member of the famous “Wolftones” Derek Warfield accompanied by Peadar Hickey gave a inspiring rendition of the “Valley of Knockanure; closing the program at the cemetery.

As the crowed reconvened for brunch and the continuation of the program, Seosamh Ó Flatharta spoke briefly about current Irish political prisoners and the need to keep pushing forward in promoting the Éire Nua program for peace, dignity, and prosperity in a free and united Ireland.

Closing the events of the day, Derek Warfield cited the need for younger people to get involved in the movement to educate and advocate for a united Ireland.

A very special thanks to all involved in making this event a success.

Crioch/ends


Cumann na  Saoırse Náısıúnta 2015 Easter Commemorations 

Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta, (CnSN) commemorated the 99th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising on Easter Sunday April 5th 2015.  The  two part commemoration  began at  the grave of CnSN founding member Joe Stynes in Woodlawn Cemetery  on East 233rd St. in the Bronx, New York  

Under perfect sunny skies, Jane Enright master of ceremonies welcomed faithful Irish Republicans  from  Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, and upstate and local New Yorkers, and invited them to take part  in the proceedings. Anthony Donohue, RSF member from Ireland was also in attendance.

To commence the proceedings, Jane called on members of the Stynes family to lay a wreath at their patriot father’s grave. 

  Next Jane called upon life long Irish Republican and Kerry born  Séamus Ó Dubhda to read Forógra Na Cáisce (The Easter Proclamation). Séamus with a nod to the next generation gracefully deferred to New York born Gaelgeoir Tomás Abernethy. 

Suzanne Heller (PA) was called upon to read the Irish Republican Statement, followed by Seosamh O Flatharta (CT), who read  Pearse’s Oration  at the Grave of O Donavon Rossa.  Jane called on Lynn Stynes to read “The Fenian Faith” written by the late  unrepentant Fenian  Brian Mór Ó Baoighill shortly before his death in 2012.  

Tribute to  Fenian Col Thomas Kelly

 Jane called upon Liam Ó Murchú to lead the attendance to pay respects at the nearby grave of Galway native Fenian Leader Col. Thomas Kelly who went to Ireland and England  to lead the Fenian Movement  after the American Civil War. Erica Veil (Kelly), a direct descendant of Col. Kelly read a poem in tribute to Col Thomas Kelly.Erica was  accompanied by Bob Bateman, also a descendant of Timothy Deasy, also prominent Fenian  of that era  .

The Countdown to 2016 

 Upon the completion of this ceremony, The Countdown to 2016  part of CnSN 2015 Easter commemorations was conducted at the local  Heritage Restaurant where a hearty Irish Break fast was served 

Maggie Trainor was the master of ceremonies for The Countdown to 2016 that was originated by the late Brian Mór whereby each year  for seven years leading up to the Centenary of the 1916 Rising, a Special Tribute  was  planned  for the Executed Signatories  and  The Other Executed Leaders of the Rising.  Joseph Plunkett was the Signatory who was honored this year

Maggie commenced the ceremonies by calling on Brigid Farrell (NJ), veteran Irish Republican activist  to read the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Brigid  invited  everyone present  to join in the reading, which they did to great effect!

Next Maggie  called on Vic Sackett (NY)  to read CnSN’s read 2015 Easter Message followed by Mary Courtney (Co Kerry) who read a tribute to American Female Activists. 

Maggie then called on Buddy Ó Flatharta (CT) to read the tribute to The Executed  Proclamation Signatories followed by  Buddy’s son, Seosamh Ó Flatharta who read the tribute to Joseph Plunkett this year’s  honored Executed Signatory.

Maggie  read the tribute to The Other Executed Leaders of 1916 and Kitty Trainor her mother read  the tribute to Willie Pearse this year’s honored Executed Leader. 

 Maggie Trainor read the NIFC’s 1916  2016 Easter Rising Centennial Banner Project on behalf of Mary Tohill Costello  and called on  Ron Duncan (Scotland) to read a verse of  Easter 1916, the poem by W.B Yeats that immortalized the 1916 Rising. 

Mary Courtney accompanied by Gerry Enright on bodhrán entertained those present by giving a rousing rendition of The Foggy Dew and Liam O Murchu concluded the proceedings in delivering in Gaeilge  Óró Sé do bheatha abhaile, known  as Padraic Mac Piarais’s favorite poem. 

Many of those present commented on the well run ceremonies and indicated that they would be back next year (2016) for the  CnSN Centenary Commemorations of 1916

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Fenian Commemoration May 17th 2015

The Fenian Monument, Calvary Cemetery, Queens NY.

Glorious sun shown down on Sunday morning and the swirl of the pipes  made  a perfect setting as a crowd organized by Cumann na Saoirse Náısıúnta(CnSN) gathered at the Fenian monument in Calvary cemetery for the annual commemoration.

Master of ceremonies Maggie Trainor opened up the ceremony by inviting Tomas Ó Coisdealbha to the podium to give the opening remarks. The Fenian Proclamation of 1867 was then read.

Seosamh Ó Flatharta was then called upon to read “The Fenian Faith” a piece written by our own late Brian Mór Ó Baoighill.

Historical and personal reflection on the Manchester Martyrs was given by Bob Bateman, noting in particular Michael Ó Brian; American citizen and Union army veteran, who upon a failed hanging attempt was murdered in the pit by the executioner along with his compatriot Michael Larkin.

In continuing the National Irish Freedom Committee’s efforts to highlight and promote the role of Irish women in the fight for Irish freedom, Chairwoman Maggie Trainor continued the program by giving a detailed tribute to prominent Fenian activist Marguerite Moore. Instrumental in setting up the Ladies Land League, Marguerite was “an outspoken advocate for Irish freedom and together with other Irish- American women activists participated in numerous speaking engagements, demonstration, strikes, and fundraising activities in support of Sinn Féin and the Irish Republican Brotherhood before and after the Easter Rising of 1916. Her pen was always ready to advocate for the poor and oppressed regardless of gender, race or creed.”

Seamus Ó Dubhda, Longtime activist and Irish Republican,accompanied by  Tyrone pipers John Mc Manus and Seán Thornton led the crowd to the graveside of West Kerry man, Irish War of Independence veteran, and modern day Fenian Tadhg Brosnan. At the graveside, Séamus graciously deferred to Mary Ó Flaherty who read aloud a full tribute to Volunteer Brosnan backed by the stirring sound of pipes. Continuing the tribute, Long time musician and founding member of the famous “Wolftones” Derek Warfield accompanied by Peadar Hickey gave a inspiring rendition of the “Valley of Knockanure; closing the program at the cemetery.

As the crowed reconvened for brunch and the continuation of the program, Seosamh Ó Flatharta spoke briefly about current Irish political prisoners and the need to keep pushing forward in promoting the Éire Nua program for peace, dignity, and prosperity in a free and united Ireland.

Closing the events of the day, Derek Warfield cited the need for younger people to get involved in the movement to educate and advocate for a united Ireland.

A very special thanks to all involved in making this event a success.

Crioch/ends


This month in Irish and

Irish-American history


Kevin Lynch

On Aug 1, 1981 - after 71 days on hunger strike for political status, INLA volunteer Kevin Lynch died in Long Kesh  in British occupied Ireland.


Burial of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa

On August 1, 1915 -- Irish  patriot Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa was eulogized by Padraic Pearse at his grave in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin


Kieran Doherty

On Aug. 2, 1981 - after 73rd day of his hunger strike for  political status, Kieran Doherty, who had been elected to represent Monaghan-Cavan in the Dublin Parliament died in Long Kesh in British occupied Ireland.


Roger Casement

On Aug. 3, 1916 - British born Irish patriot, Roger Casement was executed by the British in Bentonville Prison, London.  Known best for his gun running exploits he was also involved with the 1916 Easter Rising and was the last of the leaders to be hung


 Thomas McElwee

On Aug. 8, 1981 - the ninth Irish political prisoner martyr, Thomas McElwee, died in Long Kesh on the 62nd day of his hunger strike.


Death of John Boyle O’Reilly

On August 10, 1890 --Irish patriot John Boyle O’Reilly died at his home in Hull, Massachusetts


Lord  Mountbatten

On Aug. 26,1979 - Lord  Mountbatten was assassinated off the coast of Co. Sligo by the IRA because of his support for anti-Irish legislation in the House of Lords.


Penal Laws

On Aug. 28, 1708 -the British parliament tightened the Penal Laws passed in 1695 furtheri limiting Catholics rights  

 

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