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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.

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Fenian Commemoration May 17th 2015

The Fenian Monument, Calvary Cemetery, Queens NY.

Glorious sun shown down on Sunday morning and the swirl of the pipes  made  a perfect setting as a crowd organized by Cumann na Saoirse Náısıúnta(CnSN) gathered at the Fenian monument in Calvary cemetery for the annual commemoration.

Master of ceremonies Maggie Trainor opened up the ceremony by inviting Tomas Ó Coisdealbha to the podium to give the opening remarks. The Fenian Proclamation of 1867 was then read.

Seosamh Ó Flatharta was then called upon to read “The Fenian Faith” a piece written by our own late Brian Mór Ó Baoighill.

Historical and personal reflection on the Manchester Martyrs was given by Bob Bateman, noting in particular Michael Ó Brian; American citizen and Union army veteran, who upon a failed hanging attempt was murdered in the pit by the executioner along with his compatriot Michael Larkin.

In continuing the National Irish Freedom Committee’s efforts to highlight and promote the role of Irish women in the fight for Irish freedom, Chairwoman Maggie Trainor continued the program by giving a detailed tribute to prominent Fenian activist Marguerite Moore. Instrumental in setting up the Ladies Land League, Marguerite was “an outspoken advocate for Irish freedom and together with other Irish- American women activists participated in numerous speaking engagements, demonstration, strikes, and fundraising activities in support of Sinn Féin and the Irish Republican Brotherhood before and after the Easter Rising of 1916. Her pen was always ready to advocate for the poor and oppressed regardless of gender, race or creed.”

Seamus Ó Dubhda, Longtime activist and Irish Republican,accompanied by  Tyrone pipers John Mc Manus and Seán Thornton led the crowd to the graveside of West Kerry man, Irish War of Independence veteran, and modern day Fenian Tadhg Brosnan. At the graveside, Séamus graciously deferred to Mary Ó Flaherty who read aloud a full tribute to Volunteer Brosnan backed by the stirring sound of pipes. Continuing the tribute, Long time musician and founding member of the famous “Wolftones” Derek Warfield accompanied by Peadar Hickey gave a inspiring rendition of the “Valley of Knockanure; closing the program at the cemetery.

As the crowed reconvened for brunch and the continuation of the program, Seosamh Ó Flatharta spoke briefly about current Irish political prisoners and the need to keep pushing forward in promoting the Éire Nua program for peace, dignity, and prosperity in a free and united Ireland.

Closing the events of the day, Derek Warfield cited the need for younger people to get involved in the movement to educate and advocate for a united Ireland.

A very special thanks to all involved in making this event a success.


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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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

IRA volunteers Repel British troops at Tourmakeady

On May 3, 1921 - IRA volunteers  under the command of Tom Maguire fight off 600 English troops at Tourmakeady  in , Co. Mayo.

Leaders of the 1916 Rising executed

On May 3, 1916 - Leaders of the Easter Rising  Padraig Pearse, Thomas McDonagh and Thomas Clarke were executed by the British in Kilmainham jail in Dublin.

More leaders of the 1916 Rising executed

On May 4, 1916 - Willie Pearse, Joseph Plunkett, Edward Daly and Michael O'Halloran were executed for their leadership roles the Easter Rising.

Bobby Sands

On May 5, 1981  - Bobby Sands died on hunger strike in Long Kesh.

John McBride

On May 5, 1916 - John McBride was executed by the British for his leadership role in the Easter Rising.

Easter Rising Executions

On May 8, 1916 - Con Colbert, Eamonn Cannt, Michael Mallon, Sean Heuston and Thomas Kent were executed by the British for their role in the Easter Rising.

Frankie Hughes

On May 12, 1981 - Frankie Hughes dies on hunger strike in Long Kesh.

Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O Hara

On May 21, 1981 - Ray McCreesh and Patsy O'Hara died on hunger strike in Long Kesh.

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