Anthologies of our Fenian Ancestors
Farley, Ellen (1929
Ellen Farley nee Monaghan, who was born
in 1929 in East Orange, New
was a true patriot who
loved and served America and harbored a deep and abiding kinship for
Ireland, the land of her ancestors . She was offended by those who
disparaged either and was disdainful of those who supported or
acquiesced to the British occupation of six of Irelands’ 32 counties.
the 1980-81 hunger strikes Ellen coordinated publicity tours, recorded
interviews with blanketmen and women and interviewed US Republican
activists including Michael Flannery.
made her home a safe haven for Irish Republicans for many years. She was
a valued distributor of Republican Sinn Féin publicity material in the
United States from the newspaper
SAOIRSE to press statements, faxes and e-mails.
her husband Peter were two of the first voices in the US to support
Republican Sinn Féin in 1986. Up to the time of her death she was active
in supporting the Republican Prisoners Dependants Fund, CABHAIR and in
promoting ÉIRE NUA the original the peace process.
Ellen never straying from
the cause so many of
our forebears fought and died for; a free
and sovereign 32-county Irish
(1930 - 2004)
was a genial and compassionate man who worked
tirelessly to ensure the right of the
American people to hear the unfiltered truth from
Ireland regarding the malevolent British presence in its
occupied six counties. He was an extraordinary judge of
character who did not take kindly to excuses or
vacillation regarding that presence. He was a frequent
visitor to Ireland who had many friends in the Irish
Republican movement, the torchbearers who strove to
fulfill the promise of 1916.
Peter and his wife Ellen became involved in the cause of Irish freedom and reunification after a visit to Ireland in the early 70’s. During that visit they met with and interviewed relatives of hunger striker Frank Stagg. They also met Maire Drumm, who was vice-President of Sinn Fein. Maire was assassinated shortly thereafter by pro-British forces. From that moment on, Peter and Ellen became staunch supporters and promoters of Irish freedom and reunification. They worked independently and through Irish Republican organizations to promote the Eire Nua (New Ireland) program here in the U.S. They also made their home n Newark and in Point Pleasant a safe haven for Irish Republicans for many years.
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