Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta

National Irish Freedom Committee

The 105th Árd Fheis of Sinn Féin Dublin Ireland Nov 14th-15th 2009

Members of Cumann Na Saoirse Náisiúnta attended the 105th Árd Fheis of Sinn Féin, held in Dublin on November 14 and 15, 2009.  It was an historic occasion as veteran leader Ruairí O Brádaigh was stepping down from the post of president of the organization he joined in 1949.  Thankfully, Ruairí will continue to defend the legitimate Irish Republic proclaimed in 1916 in his new post as a member of the Árd Chomaírle (National Executive.)  

On Sat 14th, Mr. Ó Brádaigh spoke from the podium in recognition of the ongoing American contribution to the cause of Irish freedom and especially Radio Free Eireann's commitment to presenting the Irish Republican position to the free world.   

John Mc Donagh, co-host of Radio Free Éireann (WBAI 99.5 FM) introduced Ruairí O Brádaigh at the Árd Fheis to Brian Mór Ó Baoighill who was anchoring the show at the WBAI studio in New York.  Brian conducted a striking live interview over the New York airwaves.  This project was also video taped in its entirety.  

On Sunday the 15th prior to his farewell Presidential Address by, Ruairí O Brádaigh, (see video no 1) John presented him with a tribute painting on behalf of Cumann Na Saoirse Náisiúnta and its supporters in recognition of his life long outstanding service in defense of an Irish Republic.  John explained that the painting, by renowned Fenian American Artist, Brian Mor Ó Baoighill echoed Robert Emmett’s last possession; the leaded glass amulet, engraved with the image of the ancient Celtic symbol; (see video no 2) the oak lashed and bent by the unrelenting winds of oppression yet, still standing and surviving.  The amulet and painting’s shared title:  Alas, My Country perfectly summed up Mr. O’Bradaighs life long dedication to the ancient goal of Irish Freedom.  

John concluded by paying a special tribute to Patsy Ó Brádaigh who resolutely worked side by side with her illustrious husband Ruairí and steered their family most successfully through very difficult times.  Patsy was the 2007 recipient of Cumann Na Saoirse's Pearl Flannery Memorial Award.


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