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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.

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

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.

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

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

Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta 2016 Easter Message

"Life springs from death; and from the graves of patriot men and women spring living nations".

These prophetic words were spoken by Padraig Pearse’s at the grave of O’Donovan Rossa on Aug, 1st. 1915. 

One year later, the mortal remains of Pearse and 81 of his comrades in arms, as well as that of Roger Casement, reposed in sacred ground in communion with other patriot men and women of past generations, whom as Pearse and his comrades had done, challenge the might of the British Empire in pursuit of Ireland’s freedom, its promise of citizenship, justice and equality and the restoration of its unique culture and language. 

The men and women of 1916, whom we commemorate here today, will long be remembered for their bravery and devotion to the cause of Irish freedom.  Their words and deeds will occupy a revered place in the annals of Irish history alongside those of the United Irishmen and women of 1798, and 1803, the “Young Irelander’s” and the bards of the 1840’s, the Fenian men and women 1865 and 67, and the Land League men and women of the 1890’s. 

The Easter Rising was not an historical aberration or an unlawful act without merit or legitimacy as many revisionists would have us believe. Rather, the Rising was born of an innate right and desire of the latent Irish nation to govern itself in a manner consistent with its customs, traditions, values and way of life.  World history is replete with examples of that right been exercised, sometimes by peaceful means; more often, as in Ireland, by force, due to the disdain and pomposity of the English usurper who viewed the Irish as inferior subjects unworthy of basic human rights or, God forbid, the rights of citizenship. 

Present-day revisionists and critics alike, who proliferate the airwaves and print media with their version of Irish history resort to such terms as unconstitutional, unlawful, and “no mandates” to lend credence to their arguments.  By the same token, they do not hesitate to extend constitutional legitimacy to the Rule of Empires, without hesitation or examination, as if empires were tabernacles of human rights and democratic norms. They disparage the sacrifices of the men and women of 1916 and question their motives as though freedoms call was a whimsical abstraction. Their arguments are as defunct as is the Rule of Empires, an evil whose sole purpose was, and is, to enforce and legitimize imperial conquests.  

As we commemorate the men and women of 1916 let us not be swayed by the passing of time into believing that the Irish Republic they fought and died for is a fait accompli. Ireland is not united, Ireland is not at peace, Ireland is not a Gaelic, inclusive, gender equal, 32-county sovereign Irish Republic as enshrined in the Proclamation of 1916.  The sundering of that Republic declared and instituted by Dail Eireann in 1919 and functioned as a sovereign Republic through 1921 was brought about by the cowardice, acquiescence and greed of third-tier Irish political opportunists who signed on to the infamous British drafted Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 that included, in its articles of surrender, the partition of Ireland.  

From 1922 through 1923 proponents of that infamous treaty collaborated with their British overloads to engage in a vicious war against Republican Volunteers who opposed the treaty and continued to fight for the survival of the Irish Republic. The overwhelming support in arms and manpower provided by the British coupled with summary executions and extrajudicial killings resulted in the defeat of the Volunteers. That was followed by a prolonged period of wholesale retribution against the surviving Republican Volunteers and their supporters by the nascent Free State government. 

Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta, abhor the guile of present-day republican pretenders who don the cloak of republicanism and invoke the spirit and sacrifices of the men and women of 1916 in furtherance of their own egocentric agendas. These reprehensible individuals, dance to the same English tune as did Redmond, Dillon, Mulcahy, Cosgrave, Higgins and other miscreants in the early years of the last century. They serve the English realm in exchange for a sliver of power and invitations to soirees hosted by the English queen to acknowledge services rendered by faithful and dependable servants.

No ground must be conceded to those who invoke the ongoing “peace process” as if it were a gift from the gods instead of the unending farce that it really is. It will never achieve Irish unification for it was never meant to do so.  It was, and is, a ploy by the British, wherein they deemed it convenient to take one step backwards and instead of openly favoring the “Unionist/Loyalist faction as they had done in the past, they, instead, laid open the spoils of colonialism to both antagonistic factions and left it to their respective warlords to divvy the spoils.

The British still use the 6-county enclave and its inhabitants as a human laboratory to facilitate the study of human responses and behaviors to stressful situations brought about by either the willful presence of military personnel on the streets, economic hardships, or ongoing factional displays of hostility.  What they observe will be useful in handling future manifestations of discontent on the streets of the mainland.

In keeping faith with the men and women of 1916 and their sacrifices for a 32-county Irish Republic   Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta has launched an Easter Rising Centennial Banner project to honor their sacrifices as well as the sacrifices of those brave men and women who, again in 1919, hoisted the fallen flag of the Republic and resumed the fight for Irish freedom.  

In addition to the Centennial Banner project, Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta will continue to promote the Eire Nua program as a fair and balanced way to achieve Irish unification and the promise of 1916 that

would bring closure to the uninvited occupation, subjugation, famine, immigration and the other maladies that have plagued Ireland for centuries.

Eire Nua is based on sound and honorable principles that incorporate fair and realistic plans to achieve national unity within the framework of a 32-county Federal Irish Republic. The Eire Nua approach is innovative and far-reaching in that it recognizes the rights of all Irish people, irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliations. The principle on which it is based envisions a system of government in which all creeds and traditions would be represented, where all citizens would be equal under the law and where no religious, political or cultural entity would have, or inherit, special status or privileges to the detriment of all others.  

As we continue with this commemoration let us contemplate on the bravery and resolve of the men and women who took up arms and manned the garrisons throughout Dublin during that fateful Easter week in 1916. They did so willingly and in full knowledge of the cause they espoused and the consequences of their actions. The following excerpt taken from the body of the Proclamation exemplifies their courage and commitment to a cause they were willing to die for.

"In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms.  Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nation".


“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