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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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 Poacher turned gamekeeper: Provisionals calling for tighter security in Maghaberry

Statement by the POW Department, Republican Sinn Féin

In a statement, issued on Wednesday, April 8, the POW Department of Republican Sinn Féin called a recent statement by Provisional Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney “shameful.” Following an incident during which mobile phones were stolen from a security lock-up by non-political prisoners, McCartney, himself a former POW, gave a statement to the Irish News, calling for tighter security in Maghaberry.

It was reported that ten mobile phones had been stolen from a secure prison lock-up by non-political prisoners. These prisoners are based in Maghaberry’s Shimna House. Provisional MLA Raymond McCartney gave a statement to the Irish News on Friday, April 3, describing the incident as “a serious breach of security.”

He furthermore informed that he will raise the issue with the prison service. He concluded saying that “actions are needed to be taken to ensure that is does not happen again in the future”.

The security in Maghaberry is already one of the tightest in Western Europe. Republican prisoners held in Roe House are under lock-and-key no matter what part of the jail they are in except for the brief period they are allowed in the yard. The harsh treatment, security clampdown, lock-ups, searches, and removal of basic prisoners’ rights forced the Republican prisoners to various protests against their treatment by the prison authorities in recent years. In the past days, the Republican prisoners were punished for commemorating 1916 and wearing the Easter Lily.

A spokesperson of the POW Department of Republican Sinn Féin said: “Republican Sinn Féin rejects all calls for tighter security at Maghaberry and any other jails in Ireland. Although, McCartney called for tighter security in regard to non-political prisoners, all such moves will have also a similar effect for Republican prisoners.

“The vision of a tough, repressive prison regime to punish prisoners as hard as possible is an out-dated idea not fit for purpose in the 21st century. It refuses to accept modern understanding of the treatment of prisoners.

“The call for tighter security in a British-run jail in Ireland is a particularly shameful move by a former Republican prisoner turned Stormont politician. This statement by Raymond McCartney furthermore underlines the path the Provisional Movement has walked in the past three decades.

“Raymond McCartney’s call for tighter security in Maghaberry jail shows that the Provo poacher has fully turned British gamekeeper,” the statement concluded.


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.

Statement from CIRA POWs Maghaberry Goal

Jan 5 2015 

We the CIRA POWs in Maghaberry jail at this time wish to make our position abundantly clear. on, firstly the isolation of Republican POWs and secondly of criminals masquerading as Republicans.

We fully support Gavin Coyle, Barry Pettigrew and Liam McDonnell who are the only Republicans we know of being held in isolation or elsewhere within Maghaberry. We reiterate our stance that they belong on the Republican landings with their comrades; we once again state our unequivocal support and solidarity with them, we will continue to their their plight and push for their transfer to the Republican landings.

On this next matter we wish to make our position very clear in the relation to the recent arrests of a criminal gang who are attempting to masquerade as the CIRA. These individuals do not belong to the Continuity Irish Republican Army whose only goal is an MI5 led incursion, with the sole aim of destroying the Republican Movement. Their criminal exploits are well known in our communities so it would be very hypocritical and unethical on a point of principle to allow this masquerade to continue within this jail.

We will take every action necessary to protect our status and our Movement from these criminals. Some of these men were responsible for death threats against well respectable veteran Republicans, targeted because they saw through their criminal ways. They also facilitated a ‘so called’ republican guard of honour to a Limerick drug dealer who shot himself while playing with a gun during a party.

One of these men originally from Belfast was previously denied access to Roe 3 and 4 in 2010 despite the fact that he had embarked on a hunger strike. He has in the past been a ‘so called’ member of a number of different groups claiming to be Republican and were nothing more than a same criminal gang changing their name in an attempt to disrupt and destroy the name of Republicanism.

We wish to make it clear these men ARE NOT Republicans in particular Joe ‘Tiny’ Lynch who is nothing short of a criminal god father from Limerick who has close connects with feuding Limerick drug gangs.

To give these people support would be catastrophic to Republicanism as a whole.

Signed OC CIRA POW Maghaberry

The Paper Wall, Censorship and Propaganda in the Anglo-Irish War

By: Tomás Aberneth

 Although its been out a few years, Ian Kenneally’s “The Paper Wall, Newspapers and Propaganda in Ireland 1919-1921” deals with issues of censorship, freedom of speech and propaganda that are as timely as ever.  The book reveals much of the attitudes of the British and self defined moderate Irish nationalists during the Irish War of Independence. 

It also reveals something of the attitudes underlying much of the current mainstream historical analysis of this crucial period of Irish history. 

 The book recounts the attempts, largely counterproductive, by the British to use coercion to prevent press coverage of the misconduct of the British forces during the Tan War.  Basic civil liberties, including freedom of  the press, were suppressed by the British.  Newspapers in Ireland were subject to censorship through the Defense of the Realm Act (DORA), then suppression and prosecution of the owners and editors of newspapers that printed anything unfavorable to the Crown Forces.  Republican or separatist newspapers were simply banned outright. Kenneally’s   book, however, does not focus on these small republican or separatist newspapers (sometimes called the “mosquito press).  Instead he focuses on three “moderate” nationalist or Home Rule papers, the Freeman’s Journal, The Irish Independent, and The Cork Examiner, along with two pro-British papers The Irish Times and the Times of London.  Even the three moderate Home Rule newspapers faced censorship, suppression and occasionally violent intimidation by British forces.  The Cork Examiner, among several other papers, for example, was suppressed for a period simply for printing a copy of the prospectus for the Dáil Éireann loan fund.   In late 1920 the owners and editor of the Freeman’s Journal were actually “court marshaled” by the British for publishing accounts of misconduct by the Crown Forces, accounts which appear to have been substantively correct.  The paper was fined and the owners and editor served jail time.  --- continue

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This month in Irish and

Irish-American history

Eoin Hand ,Irish Brig. General

 On April 1, 1776 - Co. Meath born Eoin Hand is appointed a Brigadier General in the Continental Army 

First Dail Eireann 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.

Four Courts In Dublin
On April 13,1922 – Republican volunteers, led by Rory O'Connor, took possession of the Four court in Dublin. At the behest of the British, Free State forces attacked with heavy artillery borrowed from the British.

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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