The 2013 Annual
The Fenian Commemoration held as
scheduled on Sunday, November 24, at the Fenian Monument in
Calvary Cemetery in Queens, NY was well attended despite the
brutally cold weather.
Maggie Trainor was the Master of
The commemoration started off
with a pleasant surprise insofar as no one expected that
bagpipers could perform in such hostile conditions. The
rendition of old Irish airs played by two bagpipers Seán
Thornton, and Tomás Maguire- and Gaeilgeoir, drummer Ed Shevlin
gave the Commemoration a special feeling that only pipers can
After the reading of the
Proclamation in Gaeilge by Séamus Ó Dubhda and the wreath laying
, the ceremonies moved indoors to Connolly’s Corner pub and
restaurant in nearby Maspeth, Queens.
Once settled in Connolly’s
Corner, had Tomás Ó Coisdealba reconvened the program with
opening remarks linking ongoing Annual Fenian Commemorations to
the to individuals and events surrounding the dedication of the
Fenian Monument in 1907.
Bob Bateman was next to take the
podium. Bob who has extensively researched the Manchester
Martyrs, recounted details hitherto unknown to many of us
surrounding their involvement in the Fenian movement, their
arrest, trial and gruesome executions. Bob also indicated that
he would head up a campaign to have the remains of the
Manchester Martyrs re-interred in Ireland before the 150th
anniversary of their executions by the British in 1867
Liam Murphy was next to the
podium. Liam who is well versed in the Fenian movement and the
Fenians who fought in Americas’ Civil War delivered an eloquent
tribute to the bold Fenian men. He noted that the origin of the
name was Na Fianna
a name that held a revered place in Irish folklore and continued
to live up to the lofty ideals when adopted by that the Irish
revolutionaries in Ireland and in America in the latter half of
Derek Warfield, the quest
speaker, was introduced by Liam Murphy. Derek directed his
remarks to the Culture of Remembrance stressing its importance
in Irish culture as an effective way of preserving a way of
life, a language, poetry and songs of freedom. He stated we
should value and preserve the freedom we have here in America,
including the right to express our opinions without fear of
retaliation as is the case in Britain and Ireland.
Tomás Abernaty, an American- born
Gaelic scholar and a fluent Irish speaker spoke in both Irish
and English about the Éıre Nua (New Ireland) program adopted and
promoted here in the United States by Cumann na Saoirse
Náısıúnta as the logical way forward to achieve the Irish
freedom and unity so many of our Fenian ancestors fought and
Seosamh Ó Flatharta directed his
remarks to the Irish Republican Political prisoners of today who
suffer in pursuit of the promise of 1916. He concluded by noting
that as long as the British continue to occupy part of Ireland
there would be resistance resulting in more political hostages.
Seosamh noted that the Irish authored Éire Nua program offered
the only viable solution for Ireland’s woes
Peader Mac Maghnais, the last scheduled speaker, directed his remarks to
the progress being made in promoting the Éıre Nua program
especially within various AOH. Divisions in Connecticut and
other north-eastern states.
The proposal to endorse the Éıre Nua program was introduced by their Freedom For All Ireland Chairman, Peadar Mac
Maghnuis. on Sept 24th this year. It was supported
by the Division 7 President, Jason McWade, and the general membership in attendance.
Peadar said that he was
confident that there is growing interest in the US in this Irish
authored proposal for a just and lasting peace in Ireland
.Opening Remarks at the 2013 Fenian
On this sacred ground in 1907,
thousands gathered to dedicate this monument to the Fenians of
1865 thru 1867 and to listen and pay heed to the men who
addressed that gathering, some of whom were veterans of the
American Civil War and, either, the Fenian incursions into
Canada or the Fenian Rising in Ireland.
Although we have no account of what
was said on that day we, nonetheless, can surmise that well
deserved homage and praise was bestowed on the men to whom this
monument is dedicated.
For sure, the heroic actions of
John O’Neill and Thomas Sweeney and their comrades in arms, who
crossed the Niagara River to attack the British at Ridgeway and
at other locations in Canada, must have been high on that days
agenda for praise.
Likewise, the rescue of Thomas J.
Kelly and Thomas Deasy from a prison van in Manchester and the
subsequent execution of the Manchester Martyrs,
William Allen, Michael Larkin, and Michael O'Brien, must have
been recounted with reverence.
The travails of the
forty or so Fenians including John Warren, Augustine Costello
and John Halpin, who crossed the Atlantic aboard Erin’s Hope to
support the Fenian Rising in Ireland must also have
featured prominently on that days agenda, as were the
exploits of John McClure who fought alongside
Peter O'Neill Crowley and John Edward
Kelly in the Kilclooney Woods in Co. Cork in what may have been
the last engagement of the Fenian Rising.
It would not too
presumptuous to assume that one or more of the speakers made
mention of the courage and sacrifices of the men and women of
previous generations who faced imprisonment, exile and death for
Irish freedom, a cause they dearly believed in.
The names of the men
and women of the Young Ireland movement of the 1840’s, whose
ranks included some of the most courageous warriors and
brightest writers, poets and orators that Ireland ever produced,
must have been invoked with reverence and awe. Thomas Davis,
John Mitchell, Thomas Francis Meagher, Richard Dalton Williams,
Michael Doheny were but a few of those inspirational heroes who,
realizing that constitutional means would never achieve Irish
freedom resorted to physical
force played out in the abortive Rising of 1848.
mentioned that day would have been members of the Society of
United Irishmen including Wolfe Tone, Henry Joy McCracken, Henry
and John Sheares were appalled by the repressive British Penal
Laws that enslaved the native Irish, led the bloody but futile
Rising of 1798 hoping to restore humanity and create a free and
just society for all of Ireland's people.
Surely of the
speakers must have made mention of bold Robert Emmet, and his
compatriots Thomas Russell and Michael Dwyer and the others
valiant souls who attempted a subsequent Rising in 1803, again
to no avail.
In that same vane
it’s possible that someone mentioned the American Revolutionary
War and the Irishmen who, in no small measure, contributed to
its success. If so mentioned, the names of John Barry, Edward
Hand, Timothy Murphy and John Haslet who have been included,
for they were responsibly for inflicting damaging blows to the
forces of the British Crown whose mercenaries, during that same
time period, were reeking havoc in Ireland.
One would hope that
someone who spoke that day did not forget to mention the women
of the Fenian Faith who sacrificed just as much, if not more
that the fighting men, by having to care for a family when a
husband was imprisoned or killed. Other brave women also
deserved mention such as Isabelle (Fanny) Parnell, a poet and a
product of the Ascendency who, by the power and eloquence of her
poetry, became the inspiration for the Irish tenant farmers
during the Land Wars of the early 1880’s and for the Fenians who
supported them. Isabelle, together with her sister Anna, founded
the Ladies Land League here in America and raised substantial
sums of money to help house and feed evicted tenant families in
If one were to look out over the gathering on that day
in 1907 from where I stand now, it would not be surprising to
see amongst the many people standing there, two men who, some
nine years later, would feature prominently in one of the most
significant and historic events in Irish history. The two men
would have been Thomas J. Clarke and James Connolly. Its quite
possible that Connolly’s daughter, Nora, would be standing by
her father’s side. It’s also possible that Kathleen Clarke
would be standing alongside her husband, Tom.
All four of these
courageous individual took part in the Easter Rising of 1916.
As signatories of the
Proclamation and high-ranking leaders of the subsequent Rising,
Thomas J. Clarke and James Connolly were summarily executed by
firing squad, a fate they knew awaited them -- as did the other
Kathleen Clarke was
the only person, other than the signatories of the Proclamation,
entrusted with the plans for the aftermath of the Rising and the
responsible for passing the plans on to leaders who survived.
Nora Connolly, a
trusted aide to her father, was involved in Howth gun running
incident and in numerous other secret operations leading up to
and after the Rising.
The promise 1916, a
Gaelic, inclusive, gender equal and sovereign 32-county Irish
Republic, remains unfulfilled. There are those who would tell
you that that promise was fulfilled when the British drafted
Treaty of 1921was signed. Others, who signed on to the British
drafted “Good Friday Agreement” of 1998 would tell you that it
will be fulfilled by 2016. Those who subscribe to this
dichotomy have a stake in the status quo, in other words, the
partition of Ireland, and will do what is necessary to safeguard
their stake and its bountiful rewards.
Those of us who
believe that the promise of 1916 remains unfulfilled are the
true inheritors of the Republic proclaimed in 1916 and
eviscerated in 1921.
leave here today, let us be mindful of the vision and heroic
deeds of our Fenian ancestors and resolute in our resolve to
continue to strive for the all-Ireland Republic epitomized so
eloquently by Padraic Pearse at the grave of O’Donovan Rossa in
August 1915 with these words;
“And we know only one definition of freedom: it is Tone’s
definition, it is Mitchel’s definition, it is Rossa’s
definition. Let no man blaspheme the cause that the dead
generations of Ireland served by giving it any other name and
definition than their name and their definition’.
On the 146th
anniversary of their deaths, let us pause to commemorate, the
brave Fenian heroes forever known in Irish history as “THE MANCHESTER MARTYRS” .
On the 18th of
September 1867, in Manchester, England, Colonel Richard
O’Sullivan Burke, Captain Michael O’Brien, Captain Edward
O’Meagher Condon and a rescue party of fifteen other Bold Fenian
Men rescued Colonel Thomas Kelly, Head of the IRB and Captain
Timothy Deasy, the IRB commander for Manchester and Liverpool
who were being transported from Bellvue “Goal” (jail) by British
Authorities. The Fenian Officers Burke, Condon, Kelly and Deasy,
all American citizens and combat veterans of the American Civil
War, were also members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in
During the rescue, (“THE SMASHING OF THE VAN”), Sergeant
Charles Brett, a Manchester Police veteran of some twenty-five
years, was accidently shot a killed.
Following the successful rescue
of Kelly and Deasy, a number of the rescuers and dozens of
innocent local Irishmen were arrested and brought to trial. On
28 October 1867, William Philip Allen, Michael Larkin, Captain
Michael O’Brien, Thomas Maguire and Captain Edward O’Meagher
Condon were convicted and sentenced to death by hanging.
After Allen, O’Brien and Larkin
had made their comments to the court, a manacled Condon in his
speech spoke these immortal words,
“You will soon send us before God, and I am perfectly prepared to go. I
have nothing to regret, or retract, or take back. I can only say
‘GOD SAVE IRELAND’ - and with one step forward his companions
rose, and, extending their hand-cuffed hands upward cried out
---“GOD SAVE IRELAND!” T.D. Sullivan was inspired to
Save Ireland,” which became a virtual Irish
national anthem. (In November, Thomas Maguire, a Royal Marine
home on leave, was pardoned and Captain Condon, because of his
American citizenship, and
the intervention of the American Ambassador, was given a
reprieve – life at hard labour.)
On 23 November 1867,
Allen, Larkin and O’Brien
were publicly hanged. The bodies of these three martyrs for
Ireland were callously, irreverently and purposely buried in
unmarked graves of quicklime in unconsecrated ground within New
Bailey Prison. The prison closed in 1868 and the remains of
Allen, Larkin and O’Brien were exhumed and re-buried in
Strangeways Prison, which opened in 1868. In 1991 the remains
were exhumed once again and subsequently re-interred in grave
2711 in Blackley Cemetery, Manchester, along with 57 other
hanged prisoners also exhumed from Starngeways.
23 November 2017, four years
from now, will mark the 150th
anniversary of the execution of Allen, Larkin and
O’Brien. As the great-grandnephew of Captain Timothy Deasy, I
am leading the effort’ in the United States, to do whatever is
necessary to have the remains of
“THE MANCHESTER MARTYRS”
re-patriated to Ireland, before the sesquicentennial of
their 1867 execution. Anyone interested in helping to support
this effort please contact me at the following e-mail address:
COL (Ret.) Robert J. Bateman, 16
Rockledge Avenue 3L2, Ossining, New York 10562
“GOD SAVE IRELAND!”
Colonel (Retired) Bob Bateman
The Bold Fenian Men, the IRB and 1916
Is iad a do an tine beo - it is they
who lit the everlasting fire. So it was said of the men and
women of Easter Week, 1916, inspiring an orchestral piece by
Seán Ó Riada in 1966. But the Easter Rising was not exclusively
the result of the rising of dragons’ teeth sewn by Tom Clarke,
Pádraig Pearse, James Connolly and the others of the seven
signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. “1916”
was brought to you by Ireland’s conspiratorial élite, the Irish
Republican Brotherhood (the IRB). But whence the IRB?
Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization,
contends that history is learned in pieces, because pieces is
all we have of the past, letters, photographs, contemporary
accounts, etc. Nollaig Ó Gadhra points out that these pieces
can be assembled to reveal patterns, which can demonstrate a
continuity of ideas; one of these constants is that, so long as
there has been an Irish diaspora, there have been Irish exiles
who have made it their business to support the cause of Irish
freedom at home, and to do what they could to further it
abroad. After the defeat at Kinsale, Hugh O’Neill was writing
to the King of Spain, requesting to be landed in the North with
the Irish regiment then stationed in Flanders. In the aftermath
of the (later broken) Treaty of Limerick, most of Patrick
Sarsfield’s Irish Army became the Irish Brigade in the service
of France – “The Flight of the Wild Geese”. The numerous Irish
Brigade regiments left their mark, one notable deed being the
decisive charge by the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Fontenoy
in 1745, where the Irish battle cry was “Cuimnidh ar Luimneach
agus ar Feall na Sasanach” (Remember Limerick and the English
treachery). Since that time, Irishmen who leave Ireland to seek
military experience in the armies of England’s enemies or
potential enemies, have been known as “Wild Geese.”
Much to England’s sorrow, America, as well as France, Austria,
Spain, and others, welcomed the Wild Geese.
An Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger of mid-19th century Ireland,
which saw the population reduced by a half, was proof positive
of the necessity, as Wolfe Tone had said in the 18th century, to
break the connection with England (the “evil empire” to most
19th century Americans). John Mitchell would make the case in a
most compelling manner that England had encouraged and
aggravated the famine for the purpose of thinning the Irish
population. Archbishop “Dagger John” Hughes of New York stated
that the food, which could have fed the Irish, was “exported to
a better market, and left the people to die of famine…” The
“Famine” period would take on, for the Irish of the 19th and
20th centuries, the same psychological significance as the Nazi
period has for the Jews of the 20th and 21st centuries.
After the failure of the Rising in 1848, the locus of Irish
revolutionary activity had shifted from Dublin to New York. A
conspiratorial élite of Irish exiles sought to create an Irish
Republican by military force. Seven men, Michael Doheny, John
O’Mahony, Michael Corcoran, Thomas J. Kelly, James Roche, Oliver
Byrne and Patrick O’Rourke, gathered in the law office of
Michael Doheny of Tipperary (Chairman, Emmet Monument
Association), to play their part in the future liberation of
As it would later be articulated by Brian O’Higgins in the Wolfe
Tone Annual, the lesson of history was clear to these men:
Ireland had made progress toward freedom only through physical
force, or the threat of physical force. This was the
cornerstone of the belief and purpose of The Bold Fenian Men –
The Fenian Faith.
In part through the agency of the Emmet Monument Association,
the 69th Regiment of New York had been brought into existence on
12th October 1851 (Michael Doheny its first Lieutenant
Colonel). Nor was the 69th the only such Irish revolutionary
unit in the organized militias of the several States. Realizing
that activity in America would be futile without cooperation in
Ireland, these exiles, meeting in New York, reached out to their
former comrades-in-arms at home, with the result that Joseph
Denieffe, Thomas Clark Luby and James Stephens brought into
existence the Irish Revolutionary / Republican Brotherhood (the
IRB) in Dublin, Saint Patrick's Day 1858.
The IRB, which brought about the Rising in Dublin and the
Proclamation of the Irish Republic during Easter Week 1916, can
trace its origin to this band of 1848 exiles, meeting first at 6
Centre Street, and then often in the Hibernian Hall managed by
Michael Corcoran (of the 69th New York State Militia), near
Saint Patrick's old Cathedral on Prince Street in New York
“The Wandering Hawk” Stephens became the Head Center of the IRB
in Ireland, and the scholar O’Mahony was Head Center of the
organization in America. O’Mahony (who would command the 99th
New York “Phoenix Brigade”, another “Fenian” regiment, in the
American Civil War) had translated Keating’s History of Ireland
from Irish into English and was inspired by the example of na
fianna, the élite national guard of third century Ireland. He
coined the word Fenian for the brotherhood in America. Soon the
terms Fenian and IRB became interchangeable. The Fenian
Brotherhood grew exponentially after the refusal of Colonel
Michael Corcoran to parade the 69th for the visiting (so-called)
“Prince of Wales,” 11th October 1860, and the many ceremonies en
route of the ’48 man, Terrence Bellew M’Manus, who died in San
Francisco in 1861, and was eventually buried in Ireland. This
growth was compounded in both armies during the American Civil
War, as well as, thanks in large part to the exertions of John
Devoy, among Irish in the British Army.
With the end of the American Civil War in 1865, the Fenian
Brotherhood in America sent its most trusted military officer,
Captain Thomas Kelly, home to Ireland to assess the prospects
for a Rising, and to advise on military matters. By summer
1865, John Devoy was convinced that the time was ripe for a
rising. The Fenian Chief, James Stephens, was captured in
Dublin; Kelly, with John Devoy and others, rescued Stephens from
Richmond Gaol – much to the consternation of Dublin Castle. In
May 1866 Stephens, then in New York, appointed Thomas Kelly his
deputy. After the visionary organizer Stephens stepped down,
29th December 1866, now Colonel Kelly, the pragmatic military
man, became Chief Organizer of the Irish Republic (Virtually
Established) and leader of the Fenian Brotherhood / Irish
Revolutionary/Republican Brotherhood (IRB). Kelly promptly
sailed for England and Ireland in January 1867, to assess the
situation, organize, and plan for a Rising. [Professor Eoin
McKiernan, former Editor of J.J. McGarrity’s newspaper The Irish
Republic, and later founder of the Irish American Cultural
Institute, felt that Ireland’s best chance for freedom was
probably the Fenians.]
Colonel Kelly and Captain Timothy Deasy were arrested in
Manchester. On 18th September 1867, they were rescued from a
prison van by a group of bold Fenian men in what has become know
to history as “the smashing of the van.” During the rescue a
policeman, Sergeant Brett, was accidentally killed. Kelly and
Deasy escaped to America. There were nearly eighty arrests, and
twenty-seven charged. Five Irishmen, none of whom had fired the
shot, were condemned to death in a hasty show trial. One turned
out to be an uninvolved Royal Marine, who, after a campaign by
journalists who had attended the trial, was released. Another,
Captain Edward O’Meagher Condon (US citizen and veteran of
Corcoran’s Irish Legion), at the request of the American Consul,
had his sentence commuted to life at hard labor – Condon would
be released eleven years later at the request of US President
Hayes - who acted on a unanimous resolution of Congress. Later
author of The Irish Race in America, he now lies in Calvary
Cemetery. At the trial in Manchester, Condon was asked if he
had anything to say, he replied, “I have nothing to retract –
nothing to take back. I can only say ‘God Save
“God Save Ireland!” repeated the three men beside him. Those
men, William Philip Allen, Michael Larkin and Captain Michael
O’Brien (American citizen and Civil War veteran) were hanged on
the cold damp, foggy morning of 23rd November 1867 – the
Manchester Martyrs. T.D. Sullivan would be inspired to write
“God Save Ireland”, which became a virtual national anthem for
Ireland until superseded by “Amhrán na bFian” during Easter Week
Patriot Graves are the hallowed resting places of heroes, and
as such due all respect. The proper keeping of such graves is
an obligation of the living, not only to the occupants of such
graves, but also to our posterity, who might better remember and
learn from the example of our heroes, and of those who keep
their memory green.
In his oration at the grave of the Fenian, O’Donovan Rossa, on
Lá Lughnasadh 1915, Pádraig Pearse, wearing the uniform of the
Irish Volunteers spoke “on behalf of a new generation … re-baptised
in the Fenian faith” and of “the miracles of God, Who ripens in
the hearts of young men the seeds sown by the young men of a
former generation. And the seeds sown by the young men of '65
and '67 [the Fenians] are coming to their miraculous ripening
The Irish Volunteers, which inspired by, and patterned on, the
Irish Volunteers of 1782, were the (secret) creation of the
IRB. They were launched, publicly, on 25 November 1913, and
would be the largest military force of the Irish Republic during
Easter Week 1916. In “New” Calvary Cemetery in 1907 – the 40th
anniversary of the hanging of the Manchester Martyrs - the
“young men of ’65 and ‘67” of the Irish Revolutionary
Brotherhood (IRB), and like-minded others among “Ireland’s
exiled children in America” – including the Fenian successor
organization in America, Clan na Gael – similarly dedicated a
large Celtic Cross on the Fenian Plot. This Fenian High Cross
has been the site of American Fenian commemorations ever since,
in recent years conducted by Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta.
Of the Fenian Brotherhood / IRB, co-founded, and, for a time,
led by Thomas Kelly, American soldier and Irish revolutionary,
it can truly be said, “Is iad a do an tine beo.” It is the fire
they lit which continues to inspire.
The Bold Fenian Men
Go saoradh Dia Éire!
Murchadha, Cathaoirleach, Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta, 24 Mí na
hÉıreann agus Saoırse an Duıne
é Éıre Nua mhalaırt fíor chun an Chomhaontú Stormont, an
próıseas reatha go bhfuıl deıghılt agus seıcteachas a neartú
Molann Éıre Nua gcoras Féıdearálach d’Éırınn bunaıthe ar an náısúın
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neamhspleachas agus flaıtheas na hÉıreann, cearta an duıne agus
saoırsí síbhıalta a chosaınt agus an cheartaıs shóısıalta a chur
chun cınn. Leabhar den scoth, Éıre Nua, tús
nua, áta ann le staır agus sonraí an phlean.
Foilsiodh, ıs cúı go leor, ag Oıdhreachta Fıannaíochta.
Is fearr le hÉırınn saoırse dá shaoránagh uıle a chınntıú tríd an moladh
féıdearálach ÉireNua. I naoıgcontae Uladh laısıgh Éire
féıdearálach, bheadh chomhacht pholaıtıúl ag Duıne de oıdhreach
aontachtaıthe, ach ní bheadh sıad abalta smacht a chuır ar
dhaoıne náısıúnach. Má ghlacfaí Seanad uile na hÉıreann le
hıonadaíocht de réır contae faoıphrıonsabal cónıdhme, bheadh se
níos mó cınnte go gheobhadh na contaetha oırthuasceart agus na
contaetha tuaıthe ar nós ıad ıgConnachta cothrom na Féınne
Bheadh Éıre Nua foráıl a dhéanamh
do chaırt scrúofta le cearta agus scaradh na heaglaıse agus
stáıt. Is léır, mar gheall ar an nuacht de na gníomhaíochtaı
faúreachais ollmhór ar an NSA agus ar a gcoıbhéıs Breataıne,
GCHQ, ag teastáıl ó dhaoıne hÉıreann anoıs, níos mó ná rıamh,
cosaınt príobháıdeachas ı gcoinne cuardach gan amhras na coıre.
Ba chóır, mar shampla, stopadh agus ag sıortú de náısunaıthe ó
thuaıdh a chuır chun deıreadh.Is é ár post ansın, chun ıarracht
a chuır ına lúı ar an chuıd ıs mó de mhuıntır na hÉıreann, chomh
maıth leo suıd a thugann aıre faoı hÉıreann san tír seo a
ghlacadh Éıre Nua mar bhealach chun saoırse na hÉıreann agus
chun saoırse an duıne. Is fıú an
sprıoc seo na híobaırtídéanta ag ár Fiannaíochta marbh.
Freedom and Irish Liberty
Éire Nua is the true alternative
to the current Stormont Agreement based process that has failed
to end partition and has in fact strengthened sectarianism.
Éıre Nua proposes a federal system for Ireland based on the
nation’s four historic provinces. A new 32 County Constitution
would restore Irish Independence and sovereignty, protect human
rights and civil liberties and promote social justice. The
history and details of the plan are contained in a valuable new
book, Éıre Nua, A New
Beginning, published, appropriately enough, by Fenian
Ireland can best ensure the
liberties of all its citizens through the federal proposal of
Éıre Nua. In a nine county Ulster within a federal Ireland,
those of unionist background would have significant political
power but would not be able to dominate nationalists. An all
Ireland Senate could be established with representation on a
county basis to ensure that the northeast counties ,as well as
the rural counties in places like Connacht, received adequate
representation in a national legislature.
Éııre Nua also provides for a
written Charter of Rights and separation of church and state.
It is clear from the revelations of mass surveillance by the NSA
and their cohorts in Britain, GCHQ, that the Irish people
urgently need privacy protection against suspicion less
searches. In the north, for example, the stop and frisk policy
directed at nationalists should be put to an end.
Our job then, is to persuade the
people of Ireland, and those concerned about Ireland in this
country to take up Éıre Nua as the path to Irish freedom and
liberty. This is certainly a goal worthy of the sacrifices of
our Fenian dead.
Fenian Political Prisoners
As we gather here today at the Fenian
monument to remember and commemorate our glorious and troubled
past, it is important for us to remember equally the ongoing
political injustices that continue to plague the Irish people
Recently Cumann Na Saoırse Náısıúnta,
The National Irish Freedom Committee; had the privilege of
honoring Gerry Conlon of the Guilford Four with the Sr. Sarah
Clark Award at our Annual Michael & Pearl Flannery Testimonial
Gerry’s story was an inspiration to
listen to, but alas not one we are unfamiliar with, The Fenians
were no strangers to political persecution, The men and women of
1916 and 1981 were no strangers to political persecution, and
our political prisoners today are no strangers to political
Martin Corey was
arrested without warning on April 16, 2010. Three and a half
years later, Martin sits in Maghaberry prison with no charge, no
trial, and no release date in sight! Jailed solely for his
political beliefs, Martin’s case highlights the British
governments disregard for the judicial system, and due process!
Cases such as Martin Corey, Stephen
Murney, the Craigavon Two, and countless others cannot be
ignored. The blatant human rights abuses, and illicit practice
of internment by remand are an affront to justice!
Cumann Na Saoırse was instrumental in
setting up the International Day for Irish P.O.W.’s held in New
York on October 26th of this year, and continues to
promote a number of events held exclusively for Irish Republican
Prisoners of War through
in Ireland, and remembrances here in the United States.
Fools, The Fools, The Fools, The have left us our Fenian Dead…”
While we must continue to support these
men, their families, and their political struggle
While we must Never forget to
commemorate our past, and promote our culture-
We must also realize that as long as
the Brits remain in Ireland, There will be resistance to their
unwanted and illegal occupation, and with resistance comes
It is for that reason that we are so
committed and determined to continue to promote the New Ireland
Éire Nua- as the only viable program in sight
for a united Ireland.
Irish authored, The Éıre Nua Program
envisions and promotes Ireland as she should be- UNITED,
GAELIC, & FREE!
And to That end, I can add nothing
Seosamh Ó Flatharta
AOH New Haven Division
Éire Nua Program?
Maiden maith agaibh.
Peadar Mac Maghnuis is ainm dom.
mór an onóir dom a bheith mar chuid de seo comóradh.
am here this morning representing the
Éire Nua Committee as well as
my position as the Chair of the Freedom for All Ireland
Committee, AOH, Division 7, New Haven, CT.
On September 24, 2013 a historic event
for Éire Nua
Campaign in the US occurred. AOH, Division 7, New Haven, CT,
Éire Nua Campaign in the
United States as presented in the publication,
Éire Nua A New Beginning, edited by Dominick Bruno and
Mathew Costello, 2012.
endorsement of the Éire Nua
Program by the New Haven AOH is the high point of the
Éire Nua campaign in
America thus far.
did the New Haven AOH decide to endorse the
Éire Nua Program?
Let me put the timelines together for you.
February of this year I became chair of the Freedom for All
Ireland committee in New Haven, CT
National AOH Political Education Chairman and the National
Freedom For All Ireland Chairman sent out Action
Alerts to all State presidents, encouraging a grass
roots Campaign for their reunification petition drive.
April I met with Seosamh O’Flaherty, AOH State Freedom for
All Ireland Chair. After much mutual discussion we were
united on promoting the
Éire Nua Program with AOH.
May, the State Chair, Seosamh, introduced the Freedom For
All Ireland remand to Division 7.
June, at the state AOH convention, the state-wide
introduction to Éire Nua
in the US was ignited by Seosamh Flaharty.
June, at the CT Irish Festival and Feis, I introduced to the
New Haven AOH president the
Éire Nua program and gave him a copy of the new handbook.
the August monthly meeting I introduced the
Handbook, distributing copies and calling on the membership
to read the handbook because I would be asking for an
endorsement in September.
September the motion was brought to the floor,
intense discussion pursued and the motion passed 9 yeas, 1
The endorsement was now history!
Now I would like to ask your help. Get the message out and
bring in the endorsements. How can you do this? I recommend
you first get the book, Éire
Nua A New Beginning. We have it
available or get from Amazon.com. It is a truly valuable guide.
Remember, the initial program sold itself in 1971 when first
written and is valid today more than ever. Second, go to
irishfreedom.net website and view all the material on
Éire Nua. Or, speak
directly with any one of the
Éire Nua Committee members.
In closing, it remains the intent of the
Éire Nua Campaign in
the US to increase awareness in the U.S. of the Irish authored
Éire Nua political
program and the proposals contained therein to achieve a just
and lasting peace in Ireland in the context of the British
withdrawal from the occupied six counties.
Go raibh maith agat!