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 1915 - 2004

George Harrison was born May 2, 1915, in Shammer, Kilkelly, County Mayo, in an Ireland oppressed and impoverished by British occupation. A year after his birth the Easter Rising, which was crushed by British troops, took place. Its executed leaders James Connolly and Padraic Pearse would become Harrison's heroes.

As a young man Harrison worked as a wheelwright and a stonecutter. At age 15, he enlisted in the East Mayo Battalion of the Irish Republican Army.

The Depression forced Harrison to leave Ireland. He first went to England, where, like many Irish emigrants, he picked crops and labored on building sites. In 1938 he came to New York, working first as a bartender and then on the docks. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later became a security guard for Brinks Armor. Working at Brinks for 30 years, he fought for justice as a shop steward and union organizer.

Over the years, George developed a relationship with the legendary transport workers' leader Michael Quill who would on occasion pass money to George to assist in George's life long commitment to supply the resistance in Ireland with the means to resist. Quill knew how the money might be spent and gladly gave it anyway.

George supported freedom movements worldwide. Of George it was said, "Never met a revolution he didn't like." and to paraphrase the old ballad, "God grant you glory, old George, and open heavens to all your men, the cause that called you may call tomorrow in another cause for the Green again."

To George the fight for Irish freedom was one with the world struggle against imperialism and racism. He stood vigil every week outside the British Consulate in New York to support the Irish people. And he was at every march against war and racism or in solidarity with the people of South Africa, Palestine and Latin America.

In 1981 the Reagan regime prosecuted George, Tom Falvey, Michael Flannery, Paddy Mullens and Tommy Gormley for arming Irish freedom fighters. The "IRA Five" refused to deny the charges but waged a political defense. Witnesses on George's behalf included Irish leader Bernadette Devlin McAliskey and Sam Gulabe, United Nations representative of the African National Congress. (Dr. Gulabe, then known as David Ndaba, is today a colonel in the South African army and physician to Nelson Mandela.) The five were acquitted.

George remained an Irish republican because he was an anti-imperialist and a socialist. Consequently he was the Patron of Republican Sinn Féin and an implacable foe of the Good Friday Agreement.

Unfortunately, the fruits of George's and his friends' labor is now being bartered as the price of admission for revisionist former Republicans to participate in British direct rule of the six occupied counties in the north of Ireland. Adams and his purloined posse are swapping semtex for summer homes, guns for governmental positions, and they are cementing over arms dumps to secure their status as second class citizens in their Loyalist controlled state - not what George and his compatriots had in mind when they set about their clandestine weapons quest.

But he never stopped thinking of the struggle. On the day he died, Harrison penned a verse for the newspaper Saiorse: "May the spirit of those who suffered in the torture chambers of the Empire of Hell animate us with enough strength to free the land of our heart's desire. In dedication to all my comrades--the living and the dead."

George was in his ninetieth year and his passing leaves a huge gap in the ranks of Irish American supporters of the Republican Movement in Ireland. 


Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Memorial Fund

Preas Ráiteas / Press ReleaseRÓB

In August 2014 the County Roscommon IRA Commemoration Committee, of which Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was chairperson for many years, established the Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Memorial Fund. The objective of this fund is to erect a statue in memory of Ruairí as a lasting tribute. The date for the unveiling is Easter 2016. This statue will stand next to the Shankill Monument in Elphin, County Roscommon.

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was a towering figure of Irish Republicanism in the latter half of the 20th century. He came to embody the very essence of the Republican tradition, setting the very highest standards of commitment, duty, honour and loyalty to the cause of Irish freedom.

Since the 1950s he served at every level of the Republican Movement, and from 1956 took on the onerous responsibilities of national leadership, with only a short interval, up until his death in 2013.

Ruairí was a man of immense capability both as a politician and as a soldier. He holds the
unique distinction of serving as President of Sinn Féin, Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and from 1957 to 1961 as a TD, representing Longford/Westmeath.

At critical junctures in the history of the Republican Movement, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, along with his close friend and comrade, the late Dáithí Ó Conaill, manned the gap against the forces of reformism who sought to convert a revolutionary movement of national liberation into a mere constitutional political party, first in 1969/70 and once again in 1986.

For Ruairí the essential principles of Irish freedom were clear and marked the political course to be followed. He dismissed any cult of the personality.

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was a tireless champion of the Irish language viewing it as the cornerstone of our unique identity as a nation. Like Pádraig Mac Piarais he believed in an Ireland that was not only free but Gaelic as well; not only Gaelic but free as well.

He played a leading role in formulating the ÉIRE NUA proposals for a four-province Federal Ireland, which was based on the principles of true decentralisation of decision-making with full participatory democracy involving all sections of the Irish people as trust founders of a New
Ireland. He was among the Republican leaders who met representatives of loyalism and unionism at Feakle, Co Clare in 1974 and later strongly supported the MacBride/Boal talks.
For Ruairí Ó Brádaigh there could be no temporising on the issue of British rule in Ireland.

Drawing on the lessons of Irish history he recognised that it constituted the root cause of conflict and injustice for the Irish people. In opposing the 1998 Stormont Agreement he viewed it as a flawed document serving only to copper-fasten British Rule while also institutionalising sectarianism, thereby further deepening the sectarian divide. The economically and politically oppressed and partitioned Ireland of today is far removed from the vision of a New Ireland, which inspired Irish Republicans such as Ruairí Ó Brádaigh.

In order to raise the much needed finances to pay for the costs of erecting such a testament to Ruairí, Republican Sinn Féin working with the Commemoration Committee is calling on all supporters of the Republican Movement to lend their support to the fund. All donations will be receipted and greatly appreciated.

Send Donations To:
Dermot Mullooly, Kiltrustan, Strokestown, County Roscommon
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Memorial, c/o 223 Sráid Pharnell, BÁC 1, Éire' (223 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland).

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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

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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

Links to Irish News --- across the colonial divide

British spies recruited paedo IRA chief: Spooks used pictures of Joe Cahill to ‘turn him’

Gerry Adams ‘personally horrified’ by Cahill allegations

Key Blair adviser claims he helped to write historic Adams speech on

This World: Ireland’s Lost Babies review – an appalling story, told with admirable restraint

Martin McGuinness fights back tears during Dr Ian Paisley tribute

N Ireland children shipped to Australia painted black ‘for entertainment

OECD publishes study on Irish education

Naomi Long: Girls were abused by security forces

IRA terror suspects to lose immunity from prosecution

The ceasefire represented an IRA loss, not a victory

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Martin McGuinness in 'Disappeared' storm

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Six unresolved Troubles killings claiming British State collusion

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Claim of 800 children's remains buried at Irish home for unwed mothers

Biopic and black comedy tackle church, politics, power in Ireland

Memorial bid to mark mass grave of 800 babies in Galway

COMMENT: Wise move by Adams to go public with ‘MI5 agent’ allegation

Gerry Adams accused of giving IRA orders by ex-IRA man Peter Rogers

Republicans say McGuinness should stay away from Easter commemorations

This month in Irish and

Irish-American history

Fenians invade Canada

 On October 3, 1871 - an American based Fenian Army under the command of Gen. John O'Neill invaded Canada at Pembina

New York Gaelic Society
On Oct.  5, 1878 - the New York Gaelic Society was formed in New York City

George Harrison  

On October 6, 2004 - George Harrison a native of Co Mayo died at his home in Brooklyn New York. George was a co-founder of Cumann Na Saoirse Náısıúnta  and  remained forever true to the Irish Republic of 1916. 

Wolfe Tone Captured
On October 12,1798 - Theobold Wolfe Tone the leading figure in the 1798 United Irishman Uprising entered Lough Silly with a French invasion fleet off Donegal aboard the flagship Hoche The fleet was intercepted and Tone was captured when the Hoche surrendered. 

Mountjoy Hunger strike
On October 13, 1923  - in a manifestation of the outcome of the 'Treaty of Surrender' Republican prisoners in Mountjoy prison who refused to be treated as criminals begin mass hunger strike.

Sean Treacy
October 14, 1920 - Sean Treacy of the 3rd.Tipperary IRA Brigade and one of Irelands greatest heroes in the War of Independence, was killed in a gun battle by plainclothes RIC men in Talbot Street, Dublin

British surrender at Yorktown

On October 19, 1781, after almost 2 weeks of being under siege, the British troops at Yorktown, Virginia, surrendered to combined American and French forces, effectively signaling the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War.

Land League outlawed
On October 19, 1881 - two years after its founding The British parliament orders the Land League to be outlawed in Ireland.

Ladies' Land League in New York.
 On October 24, 1880 - Fanny Parnell and her sister Anne established the Ladies' Land League in New York. Known as the Patriot Poet, Fanny Parnell whose brother was Charles Stewart Parnell became the leading spokeswoman throughout the United States for the organization

Toureen Ambush

On October 22, 1920 -- In one of the first major engagements of the Irish War of Independence in the Cork area, about thirty members of the IRA West Cork Brigade ambush a British patrol. Five soldiers from the Essex Regiment of the British Army are killed. No IRA men were harmed

Terence MacSwiney
 On October 25, 1920 - Terence MacSwiney Irish Republican leader and the Mayor of Cork, died in Brixton Prison in London after 73 days on hunger strike.
After the murder of Tomás Mac Curtain, the Lord Mayor of Cork on 20 March 1920, he was elected Lord Mayor of Cork.

United Irishmen founded
On October 26 th 1791 - Theobald Wolfe Tone, a twenty-eight year old Dublin barrister, travelled to Belfast for the founding of the society of United Irishmen.  The society beliefs have become known as the forerunner to today’s Irish republican philosophy. Tone is considered to be the father of modern Irish Republicanism


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