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Roll of Honor

 

Read the roll of honor for Ireland's bravest men
We must be united in memory of the ten,
England you're a monster, don't think that you have won
We will never be defeated while Ireland has such sons.

In those dreary H-Block cages ten brave young Irishmen lay
Hungering for justice as their young lives ebbed away,
For their rights as Irish soldiers and to free their native land
They stood beside their leader - the gallant Bobby Sands.
Now they mourn Hughes in Bellaghy,
Ray McCreesh in Armagh's hills
In those narrow streets of Derry they miss O'Hara still,
They so proudly gave their young lives to break Britannia's hold
Their names will be remembered as history unfolds.

Read the roll of honor for Ireland's bravest men
We must be united in memory of the ten,
England you're a monster, don't think that you have won
We will never be defeated while Ireland has such sons.

Through the war torn streets of Ulster the black flags did sadly sway
To salute ten Irish martyrs the bravest of the brave,
Joe McDonnell, Martin Hurson, Kevin Lynch, Kieran Doherty
They gave their lives for freedom with Thomas McElwee.
Michael Devine from Derry you were the last to die
With your nine brave companions with the martyred dead you lie
Your souls cry out "Remember, our deaths were not in vain.
Fight on and make our homeland a nation once again!

 

UN HRC Concluding Observations on Ireland and ICCPR, 24 July 2014

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The only fitting way to honour 1916 is to build a New Ireland

The New Year Statement from the Leadership of Republican Sinn Féin: Republican Sinn Féin extends fraternal New Year greetings and solidarity to our friends, supporters and comrades both at home and abroad. The coming year will be one of ongoing struggle for working-class people in Ireland and across the world. Ireland’s struggle for national independence is not an isolated one but is part of the wider fight against imperialism across the globe. It is this realisation which must inform our thinking and also gives us heart as we once more take up the banner of Irish Republicanism in 2014. The recent Haass talks were served up by the British and Stormont political establishments as a distraction from the real issues. No amount of political window -dressing can disguise the fact that the Six-County State is an abnormal and undemocratic political entity. The right to political protest is denied to those who refuse to conform to the parameters of the Stormont Agreement. For the Stormont regime and its British masters civil rights only apply to those who accept the writ of the British Crown in Ireland. The age-old methods of repression continue to be used, such as internment without trial and internment by remand. Special laws and special prisons are used to silence and contain any voices that advocate any alternative to the failed partionist system. We extend our greetings to the Republican prisoners in Maghaberry who refuse to allow themselves or their struggle to be criminalised and pledge them our continued support. We call for the unconditional release of Martin Corey who in now entering his fourth year as a political hostage, imprisoned without trial or sight of any evidence against him. We believe that ÉIRE NUA provides the best means of breaking the logjam and creating the basis for a just and lasting peace. It is a political programme that is based on true All-Ireland democracy empowering people in a real way in contrast to the undemocratic sectarian carve-up that is Stormont. In the 26 Counties the economic and social struggle must be an integral part of the drive for a New Ireland. -- continue


Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Summer School

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A lesson in Awareness and Compassion

In 1831

In 1831 President Andrew Jackson (whose parents emigrated from Antrim in northern Ireland) seized the fertile Choctaws tribal lands and forced the indigenous Choctaws to a harrowing 500-mile trek to what would be called Indian Territory and then later Oklahoma. The forced journey became known as the “Trail of Tears”. Of about 20,000 Choctaws who started the journey, more than half perished from exposure, malnutrition, and disease. All this despite the fact that during the War of 1812 the Choctaws had been allies of then General Jackson in his campaign against the British in New Orleans.

Only 16 years later in 1847 a group of Choctaws, moved by news of starvation in Ireland, gathered in Scullyville, Oklahoma to raise a relief fund. They managed to collect $170 and forwarded it to a U.S. famine relief organization.

Obviously their sympathy came from their recognition of the similarities between the experiences of the Irish and Choctaw. They note that both were victims of conquest that led to loss of property, forced migration and exile, mass starvation, and cultural suppression.

In 2012

 Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia  (OP-ED New York Times,  March 15, 2014)

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NIFC/Éire Nua march in New Haven Ct

Facts re. The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921

Mike Flannery leads the 1983 St Patrick’s Day Parade in New York

Statement from POW Department, Republican Sinn Féin

The 2013 Annual Fenian Commemoration

Eire Nua Political Campaign Launch

The 37th Annual Cabhair Christmas Swim in the Grand Canal, Inchicore, Dublin

The 18th Annual Flannery Awards Dinner

Forty Years of Éire Nua

Gerry Conlon On Radio Free Éireann(RFÉ) on International IPOW Day

Gerry Conlon at CUNY School of Law’s 

Brian Mor's Cartoons

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Irish Republican Information Service

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


Links to Irish Emigration Articles

Centuries-old mass grave of Irish laborers probed in Pennsylvania

Ten Irish emigration songs that will stir your heart (VIDEOS)

Emigration Is Not a Jobs Policy; We're Not Leaving – say youth groups

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


This month in Irish and

Irish-American history

Thomas Francis Meagher

On July 1, 1867 -- Thomas Francis Meagher of the Sword was drowned under mysterious circumstances in the night when he was traveling aboard the steamer Thompson, on the Missouri River opposite Fort Benton.


Battle of Gettysburg

On July 1 through  3, 1863 -- General Robert E. Lee's Army Of Northern Virginia of 75,000 men and the 97,000 man Union Army of The Potomac under General George G. Meade met, by chance, at   Gettysburg. During the three days of battle more men fought and died than in any other battle before or since on North American soil.


The Irish Brigade

On July 2, 1863 -- during the Battle of Gettysburg, Colonel Patrick Kelly and the 530 men serving in the Irish Brigade stubbornly fought their Confederate foes in the killing grounds of Rose's Wheatfield.  By sundown, the Irish Brigade counted 198 casualties leaving just over 300 remaining of the original 2,500 men who had enlisted when the war began.


Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, -- the Continental Congress   asserted its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain by formally  adopting the Declaration of Independence  in Philadelphia.


Cathal Brugha

On July 7, 1922 --  Cathal Brugha died from injuries received when shot by Free State forces in O'Connell Street, Dublin


Joe Mc Donnell

On July 8, 1981 -- Joe McDonnell of Belfast died on hunger strike at the H-blocks of Long Kesh. On May 9, 1981 he replaced the murdered Bobby Sands on Hunger Strike.


Martin Hurson

On July 13, 1981 -- Martin Hurson from Belfast died on hunger strike in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh. Martin joined the Hunger Strike on May 27, 1981 when Brendan McLaughlin had to give up because of a bleeding ulcer.


The Asgard

On July 26, 1914  -- the  Asgard arrived from Germany at Howth with rifles and ammunition for the Irish Volunteers.  The 44-foot yacht, was under the command of English-born Irish nationalist leader, Erskine Childers and his wife Mollie.


Harry Boland

On July 30, 1922,  --  Harry Boland, Irish revolutionary and principal IRA  organizer  from 1916 to 1922  was murdered by British supported Free State forces during the Irish Civil War in Skerries Co. Dublin.

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