The 2013 Annual Fenian Commemoration

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 Ceremonies

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 provide

 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 the 1800’s.

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 died for.

 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 Commemoration.

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.

Other patriots 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 Ireland.

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 signatories. 

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.

As we 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’.

Tomás Ó Coisdealba

“The Manchester Martyrs"

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 America. 

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 write “God 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: or:

COL (Ret.) Robert J. Bateman, 16 Rockledge Avenue 3L2, Ossining, New York 10562 



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 Ireland. 

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 City. 

“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 Ireland.’”       

“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 1916.

 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 to-day.” 

 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! 


Liam Ó Murchadha, Cathaoirleach, Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta, 24 Mí na Samhna 2013

Saoırse na hÉıreann agus Saoırse an Duıne

Is é Éıre Nua mhalaırt fíor chun an Chomhaontú Stormont, an próıseas reatha go bhfuıl deıghılt agus seıcteachas a neartú faoı láthaır

Molann Éıre Nua gcoras Féıdearálach d’Éırınn bunaıthe ar an náısúın ceıthre cúıgı stáırúla.  D’athchoıreodh Bunreacht Nua 32 Contae 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 sarıaltas náısúnta.

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.


Irish 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 Heritage Press. 

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.   

Tomás Abernathy

 Today’s 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 today!

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 Awards Dinner.

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 persecution!

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 Cabhair in Ireland, and remembrances here in the United States.

The 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 political hostages!

It is for that reason that we are so committed and determined to continue to promote the New Ireland Solution, 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 further

Seosamh Ó Flatharta

 AOH New Haven Division endorses the Éire Nua Program?

Maiden maith agaibh.

Peadar Mac Maghnuis is ainm dom.

Is mór an onóir dom a bheith mar chuid de seo comóradh.

 I 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, endorsed the 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.

 This endorsement of the Éire Nua Program by the New Haven AOH is the high point of the Éire Nua campaign in America thus far. 

 How did the New Haven AOH decide to endorse the Éire Nua Program?

Let me put the timelines together for you.

 1.     In February of this year I became chair of the Freedom for All Ireland committee in New Haven, CT

2.    And 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.

3.     In 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. 

4.    In May, the State Chair, Seosamh, introduced the Freedom For All Ireland remand to Division 7.

5.    In June, at the state AOH convention, the state-wide introduction to Éire Nua in the US was ignited by Seosamh Flaharty.

6.    Late 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.

7.    At the August monthly meeting I introduced the Éire Nua Handbook, distributing copies and calling on the membership to read the handbook because I would be asking for an endorsement in September.

8.    In September the motion was brought to the floor, intense discussion pursued and the motion passed 9 yeas, 1 abstention.

 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  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 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!

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