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KITTY TRAINOR

August 22, 1928 - MARCH 15, 2017

Catherine (Kitty) Trainor was born in Ballyglass, the Neale, County Mayo, she was the ninth child of Patrick Farragher and Mary Kate O’Shaughnessy. Throughout her life, Kitty was very proud to have been a Mayo farmer’s daughter from Micheal Davitt’s, Boycott country of South Mayo.

Kitty received her early education in the Neale, taught exclusively in the Irish Language. She then went on to the Presentation School in Ballinrobe and ultimately to St. Ultan’s Hospital for Infants, Dublin. It was during her training for infant nursing at St. Ultan’s that Kitty met and got to know Dr. Kathleen Lynn, Chief Medical Officer for the Irish Citizen Army, 1916 and founder of St. Ultan’s Hospital. While at St. Ultan’s Dr. Lynn taught Kitty to crochet, a craft she continued to enjoy and share with others throughout her life.

Kitty emigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and worked for St. Francis Hospital, Jersey City, New Jersey. During one of the many Irish dances at the Tuxedo, Bronx, New York, Kitty met Jim Trainor. The story goes that Kitty asked Jim to dance and that the two continued to "swing from the same gate" until Jim’s death in 2010.

Kitty and Jim lived in the Bronx until moving to Rockland County in 1960 where they made a home for their three daughters and quickly became active members of the local and regional communities. Kitty and Jim were the Rockland County Coordinators for Project Children and founding members of the Rockland County Irish Cultural Center. On occasion, Kitty was involved in local politics but her desire was to see Ireland United Gaelic and Free. She remained an Unrepentant Irish Republican and supporter of Cumann na Saoirse and CABHAIR.

Kitty was a devout Irish Catholic and a devoted member of her parish church, St. Margaret’s, Pearl River. She was affectionately known as Miss Kitty to the daily 9 am Mass Crew. It was recently said Kitty was always in a good mood and her lovely smile will be missed!

We are blessed to have shared the journey with her.


Comóradh An Chéad Dáil Éireann, Faisnéis Neamhspleadhchuis

January 21 1919

 

It was 98 years ago this month that the Irish National Assembly, Dáil Éireann met for the first time and declared Irish Independence.
This followed the watershed General Election of December 1918, the first held that gave women limited franchise. That election gave supporters of Irish Independence overwhelming victory at the polls. Invitations were sent to all elected members for the 32 counties of Ireland and at that first session, Dáil Éireann pledged to adhere the principles of Liberty, Equality and Justice for all the people of Ireland and to follow the mandate of the 1916 Proclamation to "cherish all the children of the nation equally." The first member of a national assembly in Western Europe, Countess Markievicz, was elected and served in the Cabinet of that first democratically elected Irish Government. Women were present and active in all aspects of the national movement for freedom. The British "banned" the democratically elected Government of Ireland, thus ensuring decades of conflict. And the truncated Free State government set up at the British insistence betrayed the sacrifices made by the women of Ireland in the struggle for freedom by restricting their rights as soon as the Free State took power.
Especially at this time in our history, when we see greed, bigotry , self interest and sexism in the ascendancy, we pay tribute to those brave men and women who selflessly sacrificed so much to establish and to defend the Irish Republic, and pledge ourselves to Eire Nua, a vision of an All Ireland Republic that honors and respects the rights and dignity all its citizens, men and women, and those of all background and faiths .

Contributor:  Tomas Abernethy


“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