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"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)



This blog was listed as one of the 'Finalists' in the '2016 current affairs/politics' category of the Littlewoods Ireland blog awards - but we didn't win the award. Ah well! Thanks to everyone involved for getting us to the final stage of the competition and sure we'll try again next year!

Saturday, August 30, 2003

TIM COUGHLAN - IRA VOLUNTEER 1906-1928 ; SHOT DEAD BY IRA INFORMER OR FREE STATE AGENTS ......?


.....claiming to have been fired on by one of the two men chasing him , the informer Sean Harling said that as he was running towards the hall-door of his house , he managed to fire a shot back in the direction of the men behind him and made it safely into his house ; he was not followed in , he said .....


He laid low in one of the rooms , observing the drive-way and the area around it , but there was no movement that he could see . He claimed that he then went out to investigate the area further and found the body of one of his alleged attackers ; the Free State 'Tribunal' that heard his 'evidence' exonerated him , but Sean Harling knew that he was definitely now a 'dead man walking' and pleaded with his Free State 'handler' , David Neligan , for payments due as well as extra money and expenses , as he wanted out of the country altogether ; Neligan paid him off , and Harling went to America .

Some facts emerged later to back up the IRA claim that the State , and its agent , Sean Harling , had co-operated in lying about the true sequence of events that took place that January night in 1928 : a Dr. Wilfred Lane carried out a post-mortem on the body of IRA Volunteer Tim Coughlan and , amongst other anomalies , discovered that the IRA man died as a result of being shot in the back of his head ....... (MORE LATER)>




THE TRAGEDIES OF KERRY , by Dorothy Macardle - first published in 1924 .


MICHAEL SINNOT AND JAMES O'CONNOR OF TRALEE ......


.....Mrs. Lyons woke suddenly ; it was the noise of gun-fire that woke her . It was still dark out . She went downstairs with her daughter , but her house was full of Free State soldiers . Mrs. Lyons and her daughter were prevented from leaving the house . More shooting . Then nothing . The Staters then left her house .....


" She tried to light a candle , but her hands were shaking . Her daughter struck a match and lit the candle and looked at her . The girl was trembling , too , and her face was white . "Oh mother ," she said , "you're not fit to go out." Mrs. Lyons took the candle and groped her way to the hay-shed . The hay had been pulled down and was lying everywhere ; some of the boys' clothes were out in the yard ; there were cartridge-cases lying about ; the light of the candle fell on a pool of blood . She listened : there was no sound from the dug-out , not even a moan .

At last she lifted the candle and looked in . Jim was lying there , half-dressed , and Michael beside him ; they were covered with blood , riddled with bullets - dead . There was no sight or sound of the lorries or of the Free State soldiers : they had done their night's work and gone home . "


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ROOTS #1 ......

...... [from 'The Sunday Business Post' , 9th February , 2003 , page 6] -

--- Lawyers acting on behalf of the British Labour Party advised Tony Blair and his colleagues that , while residents of "Northern Ireland" (sic) may well be British 'subjects' , they do not live in Britain and are therefore "ineligible for membership of the British Labour Party " !

YEAH ! And don't even THINK of looking for a driving licence ..... (but DO keep paying your tax , em, ok ...?)



ROOTS #2 ......

...... [from 'The Phoenix' magazine , 10th May , 1996 , page 12] -

--- " People who deny their roots , far from escaping the past , are forced to assume the history of another tribe . "

-- Eoghan Harris , professional 'West Brit' and Fine Gael's Number-One Ard Fheis script-writer .

And Eoghan should know - he's the leader of the tribe .....

Friday, August 29, 2003

TIM COUGHLAN - IRA VOLUNTEER , 1906-1928 ; SHOT DEAD BY IRA INFORMER OR FREE STATE AGENTS .......?


.....on the evening of 28th January , 1928 , a shooting took place in the vicinity of the informer Sean Harling's house , on the Darty Road in Dublin , which left IRA Volunteer Tim Coughlan lying dead on the street .....


The informer Sean Harling later claimed in his statement to a Free State 'Tribunal' into the shooting , that he got a lift home from work that evening in a friend's car , arriving outside his house , 'Woodpark Lodge' , on the Dartry Road , at about 6.30 PM which , he said , was earlier than usual .

He said he noticed two men looking at him from the other side of the street ; as he was walking up his driveway , towards the front door of his house , a shot was fired at him by one of the two men , who were by now , he claimed , running at him . Sean Harling then said that he took to his heels towards his hall-door , taking his gun out of his pocket as he ran , and fired a shot in the direction of the two men behind him .

He stated that he made it into his house and was not followed by either of the two men chasing him ...... (MORE LATER)>



THE TRAGEDIES OF KERRY , by Dorothy Macardle - first published in 1924 .


MICHAEL SINNOT AND JAMES O'CONNOR OF TRALEE .....


......on 13th February , 1923 , Free State troops rounded-up a number of youths in the Currahane Sands area of Kerry and took them to Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee for questioning ....


" Sinnot and O'Connor were wanted . Where were they sleeping ? Clifford and Drummond (two of the young men seized by the Staters) were beaten to make them tell , but held out . Greer said something to the officer and was not hurt . Ryle's , in Currahane , was raided that evening . Among the raiders , to their amazement , the Ryle's recognised Greer - to whom they had given breakfast that morning - and he in the green (Free State) coat .

He led the raiding party away , then , over Currahane Sands . Mrs Lyons heard that Michael and Jim had escaped capture , and hoped that they would come to her , for a meal , before going to sleep in their dug-out . It grew late and there was no sign of them , so she left cups and bread and butter ready , hung the kettle over the fire and went to bed . She was awakened suddenly while it was still dark , by shots - a sharp , quick rattle of shots close to the house .

Soldiers were in the kitchen ; they would not let her or her daughter go out . The sound of firing went on and on . It was like no other firing she had ever heard . It ceased at last and the soldiers went away ...... (MORE LATER)>




SCREW YOU ......

...... " I believe in the United Kingdom . I value the Union . My agenda is not a united Ireland . None of us in this hall today , even the youngest , is likely to see Northern Ireland (sic) as anything but a part of the United Kingdom . That is the reality , because the conset principle is now almost universally accepted . "

--- British Prime Minister Tony Blair , speaking in Belfast on 16th May , 1997 .

The "consent principle" , Mr Blair ? Then put the question of British withdrawal to the people of Ireland - all 32 Counties . I'd say you'd have an answer within , oh , 45 minutes , Tony .



......SCREW ME -->

<-- " There was one lesson that we learned when we were in government . And that was that the British will promise you the sun , moon and stars , and then at the last moment try and put in something , or change something . And it was like that in history , everything I'd learned in school was coming true . Every time the Irish and themselves (Brits) made a deal , they would do something at the end to screw it up ! "

--- Maire Geoghegan-Quinn , Fianna Fail , in an interview in 'The Sunday Business Post' , 12th May , 1996 , page 26.

Well , actually , Maire - the Brits don't need to "screw up everytime" : they have you lot to do that for them !!

Thursday, August 28, 2003

TIM COUGHLAN - IRA VOLUNTEER , 1906-1928 ; SHOT DEAD BY IRA INFORMER , OR STATE AGENTS .......?


......two ex-IRA men , Sean Harling and his brother-in-law Thomas Redican , had been 'turned' by the Free State ; Harling was responsible for arms-dumps being 'found' by the enemy , and he tried to turn the Movement on itself by spreading false rumours . In an attempt to discredit the organisation , he would 'throw his weight' around in pubs , shops etc , using his so-called Republican credentials ......


His 'handler' ('controller') was one David Neligan , a particularly vicious Free State operative who 'made his name' in the fight against Republicans in Kerry during the Civil War . Neligan's intention was to wreak havoc on the Republican Movement in Dublin , and Sean Harling and Thomas Redican were to be his instruments .

The IRA decided to take action against the two informers and , in a prelude to same , had instructed two of its Volunteers , Tim Coughlan and Archie Doyle , to monitor the movements of Harling and Redican . On the evening of 28th January , 1928 , Tim Coughlan and Archie Doyle were in the vicinity of Sean Harling's house when a shooting incident took place which left Tim Coughlan lying dead on the street....... (MORE LATER)>



THE TRAGEDIES OF KERRY , by Dorothy Macardle - first published in 1924 .


MICHAEL SINNOT AND JAMES O'CONNOR OF TRALEE .


" Mrs. Lyons' farmhouse stands a couple of fields inland from Mrs. Connell's , on Currahane Sands . For the boys who were fighting for the Republic she had welcome and hospitality night and day . Michael Sinnot and Jim O'Connor were old friends of hers , and they were old comrades-in-arms : not so very old - they were , respectively , eighteen and nineteen years of age but Michael , the grandson of a Fenian , had joined the Na Fianna (youth movement) at the age of fifteen , and Jim was one of the hunger-strikers in Cork Jail at the time of Terence MacSwineys death .

They made a fine dug-out for themselves , with beds and blankets and all , under the hay in Mrs Lyons' shed . They got young Greer to help them to make it , and he , too , slept there , now and again . On February the thirteenth (1923) the boys had their breakfast ; some at Mrs. Connell's , young Greer at Ryles' , and went out . There were Free State troops in the neighbourhood : Clifford and Drummond and Greer were captured and taken to Tralee - to Ballymullen Barracks- to the Intelligence Room ...... (MORE LATER)>



SHOOTING......

......In his book 'The Last Conquest of Ireland' , the 'Young Ireland' leader John Mitchel wrote --

--- " Sometimes an ejecting landlord or agent was shot by desperate houseless men . What wonder ? There were not half enough of them shot ! "

Note to Bertie and the rest of the political 'elite' : the 'Young Ireland' Movement and its 'fellow-travellers' (ie Robert Emmet and other 'men of violence') were not the 'pure-as-driven-snow' visionaries you would have us believe they were . They used physical force to obtain a political objective .

Best not to commemorate them , Bertie - it might draw comparisons ....


......FROM THE MOUTH -->

<-- On 14th September , 1724 , Pope Benedict XIII granted an indulgence of one-hundred days for each recitation of the 'Angelus' , and declared that if a person said three ' Hail Mary's 'at six AM , noon and six PM every day , he/she would get two-thousand-one-hundred days off purgatory every week !

That's 109,500 days off in one year ! WOW ! Dunno what the going rate is this century , but its bound to be even better ....

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

TIM COUGHLAN - IRA VOLUNTEER , 1906-1928 ; SHOT DEAD BY IRA INFORMER , OR FREE STATE AGENTS .......?


......although only in his late teens/early twenties , Tim Coughlan was one of the three-man IRA unit that assassinated the then Free State Minister for 'Justice' , Kevin O'Higgins , on 10th July , 1927 .....


The Free State Army and police constantly harassed Tim Coughlan and anyone he came in contact with , but he ignored the Staters and continued with his work for the Movement . The IRA Dublin Brigade had been made aware that two of it's ex-members , Sean Harling and his brother-in-law Thomas Redican , had been 'turned' by the Free State ; Harling once worked as a Secretary in the First Dail and , as with his brother-in-law Thomas Redican , had been interned by the Free State during the Civil War .

Sean Harling was responsible for the 'discovery' of IRA arms dumps by the Staters and for spreading false rumours in the company of Dublin IRA members , apparently trying to convince them that a leadership challenge should be mounted . He was also , it seems , 'under orders' from his Free State 'handler' (ie 'controller') to "throw his weight around" in bars , shops etc , in an attempt to discredit the IRA in general . (MORE LATER)>



THE TRAGEDIES OF KERRY , by Dorothy Macardle - first published in 1924 .

EUGENE FITZGERALD OF TRALEE .....


......the Staters tortured Eugene Fitzgerald , breaking his leg . Then they shot him , wounding him badly . His mother was allowed in to see him on a Sunday morning - she knew he was dying .....


" On Monday morning , at nine o'clock , she was at the gate again . The soldiers refused to let her in ; she was crying and pleading and sending notes in to General Daly for two hours and a half . At half past eleven an officer drove out in a car and he threw her a bit of paper as he passed . Her son was dead since ten minutes past ten .

They opened the gate then and let her go to her son . "He had nothing to tell me and nothing to say to me . They did'nt begrudge letting me in then ." "

[END]



FOOL......

...... Ed Rollins , a one-time U S Republican Party 'Political Consultant' (ie spin doctor) once said -

-- " You can fool all the people all the time , if the advertising budget is big enough " !


.....AND OUR MONEY -->

<-- [from 'The Sunday Tribune' , 5th October , 1997 , page 4 ] -

- ' The Fianna Fail / Progressive Democrat Coalition administration have spent an average of £7000 punts a day on 'public relations' and the services of 'consultants' since it took up office just over 100 days ago '.

Rollins was right , and still is ; but we already know that .....

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

TIM COUGHLAN - IRA VOLUNTEER , 1906-1928 ; SHOT DEAD BY IRA INFORMER , OR FREE STATE AGENTS ?


The second-eldest in a family of nine , Tim Coughlan lived with his parents in the family home , in Inchicore , Dublin . Although only in his late teens/early twenties at the time , he had shoulderd a weapon against the Black-and-Tans and , later , against the Free State forces in the Civil War .

As a known member of the Dublin Brigade IRA , he was interned by the Staters during the Civil War and , if anything , became even more active within the IRA after his release . Tim Coughlan was one of the three-man IRA unit that assassinated the much-detested Free State Minister for 'Justice' , Kevin O'Higgins , on 10th July , 1927 (the other two IRA men were Archie Doyle and Bill Gannon). (MORE LATER)>



THE TRAGEDIES OF KERRY , by Dorothy Macardle , first published in 1924 -

EUGENE FITZGERALD OF TRALEE .....

.....the Free State soldiers took their prisoner , Eugene Fitzgerald , to the beach and made him kneel on the stones ; if he told them the whereabouts of his IRA column , they swore they would let him go free .....

" It was then , when he refused , that they beat him and broke his leg . They threw him into the lorry again and drove along the road as far as Casement's Fort - the field where Casement was taken in nineteen-sixteen . The thought of Casement , who died for Ireland , was in his mind . There they took him out of the lorry and threw him on the ground and gave him one more chance . Would he tell ?

When he said "No" , one of them fired . He thought the pain would kill him , but he did'nt die . He heard them arguing in the corner of the field ; some wanted to leave him and some wanted to take him on . Those got their way , and they put him back in the lorry and took him into Tralee . She saw him on Sunday morning again . She knew then that he was dying , though he spoke to her and did not know it himself ..... " (MORE LATER)>



BIG BUSINESS ......

......Safety investigator Byron Bloch exposed the dangers of the Ford Pinto in the 1970's .

The car had an extended rear bumper which , when hit by another car , drove the petrol tank up against the rear axle and set the car on fire - dozens of 'Pintos' went on fire this way , and Bloch discovered a memo written by the Ford Company that analysed the costs involved :

180 'burn deaths' and 180 serious injuries would cost $50 million dollars ;
The cost of fixing each 'Pinto' , at $11 dollars per car , would cost $137 million dollars . So Ford decided to do nothing !

A Mr Richard Grimshaw , a 'Pinto' owner who nearly died in a 'Pinto' car crash , sued Ford and a jury awarded him $137 million dollars in punitive damages against the company ! (See 'The Sunday Tribune' magazine , 18th January , 1998 , page 37.)



.....AND BUSINESS AS USUAL -->

<-- ( From 'The Sunday Business Post' , 11th January , 1998 , page 14) --> The Fianna Fail / Progressive Democrat (present) Free State administration cut the 'Youth Development Fund' from £20 million punts to one-and-a-quarter million punts ; the £20 million punts had been earmarked by the previous Free State administration (Fine Gael/Labour/Democratic Left) but was reduced by Fianna Fail/Progressive Democratics at the end of 1997 - the money was needed to provide disadvantaged young people with alternatives to using drugs .

Less than two months before the above-mentioned cut-backs (ie November , 1997) the 'Ireland On Sunday' newspaper reported [see same , 23rd November , 1997 , page 6] that drug addicts were costing Dublin an estimated £300 million punts a year !

This figure included £60 million punts to the victims of crime , and £50 million punts spent on prison and policing costs . It was estimated then (ie 1997) that there were eight thousand drug addicts in Dublin .

Are all 'junkies' working-class 'yobbos' who don't vote and therefore , in the eyes of the establishment , don't count ?

Monday, August 25, 2003

RICHARD DALTON WILLIAMS ; 'SHAMROCK' OF 'THE NATION' NEWSPAPER ......


......in June 1848 , Richard Dalton Williams and 'Young Ireland' leader Kevin Izod O'Doherty published a weekly newspaper called 'The Irish Tribune' , but only five issues were printed before it was suppressed by the British in early July 1848 .....


However , the British used 'The Irish Tribune' newspaper as a reason to arrest Richard Dalton Williams and Kevin Izod O'Doherty ; both men were charged under the 'Treason-Felony Act' with "intent to depose the queen and levying war." A famous barrister of the time , Samuel Ferguson , defended both men in a trial which lasted five months and caused great embarrassment to the British .

Eventually , in November 1848 , Williams and O'Doherty were acquitted ; Williams went back to studying medicine , and qualified as a doctor , in Edinburgh , in July 1849 . In June 1851 , he emigrated to America and , whilst in New Orleans , met and married an Irish woman , Elizabeth Connolly ; the couple moved to a town called Thibodeaux in Louisiana , where he wrote his last poem - 'Song of the Irish-American Regiments.'

On 5th July , 1862 , just shy of his fortieth birthday , Richard Dalton Williams died of consumption in Thibodeaux, Louisiana , in America . A patriot , a poet and a publisher , Dr Richard Dalton Williams is one of the hundreds , if not thousands , of almost unknown and/or forgotten Irish men and women that played their part in the on-going struggle to remove the British presence from Ireland .

They deserve to be remembered somewhere ......

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THE TRAGEDIES OF KERRY , by Dorothy Macardle - first published in 1924 :

EUGENE FITZGERALD OF TRALEE.....

.....the Free Staters raided Mrs Connell's house and dragged Eugene Fitzgerald away with them ; his father got word the next day that Eugene was lying wounded in Tralee Jail ....


" For five days the mother was at the gate all day long , waylaying the officers , imploring the sentries to let her in . They grew tired of it . "I'll shoot you if you don't shut your mouth !" one of them shouted , and another jeered : "What a loss the rebel is !" "My son is no rebel," she answered , "but thank God , he is a man ." At last , on Saturday night , less than an hour before curfew , they let her in .

"Oh mother ," Eugene said , when he saw her , "why did you come so late ? How will you get home in time ? " He had a bullet wound through his body from side to side ; his left leg had been broken and crushed to pulp . "I wish the bullet went through my heart ," he said , "to put me out of my pain ." The Free State soldiers had taken him to the beach . They made him go down on his knees there on the stones ; they wanted to know where the rest of the column were hiding , and if he told them they swore he would go free ...... (MORE LATER)>




FACT .......

....... The All-Ireland (32 County) Dail continued to function underground until 1938 , when it delegated its executive powers to the Army Council of the IRA , in accordance with a resolution of the First Dail in 1921 . With the 1969 split , Tom Maguire , the last and faithful survivor of the All-Ireland Dail stated that the Provisional IRA was the successor of the 1938 body - similarly , following the 1986 split , he nominated the Continuity IRA as the legitimate IRA . Tom Maguire died in 1993 , aged one-hundred-and-one (101) .



.......AND FICTION -->

<-- " There are big changes coming in Dail Eireann (sic) and we will be a big part of it ."

--- Provisional Sinn Fein Leinster House member , Caoimhghin O'Caolain , as quoted in 'The Sunday Business Post' , 8th June , 1997 , page 3 .

....the only "big changes" so far , Caoimhghin , are in your salary and expenses !

Sunday, August 24, 2003

RICHARD DALTON WILLIAMS ; 'SHAMROCK' OF 'THE NATION' NEWSPAPER .....


.....in its July 1851 issue , 'The Nation' newspaper praised one of its contributors , 'Shamrock' (Richard Dalton Williams) , describing him as "robust and vigorous , impetuous and noble - he excels all his contemporaries in imagination and humour ." .....


Richard Dalton Williams , now a member of the 'Young Ireland' Movement , put his medical training to good use during 'The Great Hunger' of 1845 - 1849 , by helping to ease the suffering of hundreds of cholera victims ; he was by now a hardened opponent of British mis-rule in Ireland and had joined the 'Irish Confederation' group , which was founded in January 1847 by William Smith O'Brien and other 'Young Irelanders' who had dis-agreed with Daniel O'Connell's 'Repeal Association' . He was quickly elected to Council level in the 'Confederation' .

Richard Dalton Williams was the driving force behind a short-lived newspaper called 'The Irish Tribune' , which he published with the assistance of 'Young Ireland' leader , Kevin Izod O'Doherty ; the first issue was published in June 1848 , but only five issues of the weekly 'paper made it on to the streets before it was suppressed by the British in early July that year ...... (MORE LATER)>



THE TRAGEDIES OF KERRY , by Dorothy Macardle - first published in 1924 :

EUGENE FITZGERALD OF TRALEE .....

......Eugene Fitzgerald was Mrs Connell's nephew , and was staying in her house in Currahane ; her house was raided by the Free Staters again and again . He had been a Volunteer since the fighting began , a scout when he was thirteen years young .....


" "He was a great scholar , all the same," his mother says . " He had French and Latin and Irish and typing , and shorthand ; a grand boy , he was, and a fine tradesman ." He was fighting in Listowel in July (1922), and in Limerick . In January nineteen-twenty-three , he was in Currahane . Mrs Connell used to be saying to herself that there was no danger at all ; the house was so well out of the way . But out-of-the-way houses are known to men who used to be sheltered in them from the Black-and-Tans , and who are doing the Black-and-Tans' work for them now .....

It was in the dark night the soldiers broke in ; half of them were drunk : it was no good at all for old Mrs Connell or Bridie to plead or scream . Where would help come from ? What did the soldiers care ? "Bring out the bastard" they were shouting , "and we'll do for him abroad on the beach ." So , reeling and shouting and threatening , they dragged Eugene away . Word came to Eugene's father next morning that the boy was lying wounded in Tralee Jail ......" (MORE LATER)>



FACT ......

...... before he was executed by the British , Padraig Pearse stated :

" We seem to have lost . We have not lost . To refuse to fight would have been to lose ; to fight is to win . We have kept faith with the past , and handed on a tradition to the future . If you strike us down now , we shall rise again and renew the fight . You cannot conquer Ireland . You cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom . If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom , then our children will win it by a better deed ."



.....AND FICTION -->

<-- " For the first time , the smug circle of power in Leinster House will be dented by the presence of Sinn Fein (sic) when TD's (sic) assemble on Thursday , 26th June ."

-- Micheal MacDonncha , Provo employee in Leinster House , 'AP/RN' , 12th June , 1997 , page 9.

And if you can't beat the "smug circle" , Micheal , - join them ! Just ask Martin and his daughter in Kerry how to go about it .....