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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

JULY 29th , 1848 : RIC , Firearms , Pikes - and Five Children .......

.......the 'Orange Order' was formally dissolved in 1836 , but was revived again around 1846 - the 'Battle of Dolly's Brae' was on the way .......

At an Orange Order 'celebration' in Castlewellan in County Down in 1849 , a number of Nationalists were set upon by the Loyalists and put to death . Hand-to-hand fighting broke out and British troops were sent in to put the Nationalists 'back in their box' .

However - the incident that this article is about ; July 29th , 1848 , had its roots two years earlier , in July 1846 - Daniel O'Connell's ' Loyal National Repeal Association' was simmering with discontent - not all in the leadership , or membership , agreed with O'Connell that " Irish independence was not worth the spilling of one drop of human blood ....." .

Then , as now , the Brits were not shy about who's blood they spilled in their 'conquests' and in holding on to the 'spoils' of same and , also , then as now , not all Irish men and women were adversed to 'fighting fire with fire .....'

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WHERE MOUNTAINY MEN HAVE SOWN :

war and peace in rebel Cork ,
in the turbulent years 1916-21.

By Micheal O'Suilleabhain : published 1965.

THE TRUCE.......

".......we were in an IRA training camp when , in the distance , a warning whistle sounded - Dan MacNamara and I grabbed our guns and hurried out ......."

" Some little time before the whistle blew a big horse with a cart heavily laden might be seen coming up the boreen , the only road to the valley . The driver was Jer Carthy , a most useful man ; he was just now the 'mere driver' of the big horse , but that was only one of his duties . It was he who had loaded the bread , the home-made cakes , the meat for tomorrow , the tobacco and cigarettes - in fact , everything , on the cart .

But who had acquired them all ? The same man - who else could do it ? He had done it daily for the IRA Column ; everything could be bought or requisitioned but the home-made cakes - they could be had gratis and welcome , but it would need a small army to collect them . Jer alone could do it in no time . Someone tried to explain Jer's system to me one time , but I doubt if my mentor understood it himself !

However - Dan MacNamara and I went down the road at a sling-trot pace : we hardly expected the enemy but we knew from the whistle alarm that something had gone wrong . Rounding a corner , we came on the scene of the disaster - the road in front of us was under water , and to the left of it and well out in the newly formed 'lake' , the big horse's head only showed above the flood ......."

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PASSPORT SCANDAL !
By Patrick Murphy .

First published in 'New Hibernia' magazine , May 1987 , page 13 .
A 'skit' in five parts .
(1 of 5).

A Civil Servant in the (Free State) 'Department of Foreign Affairs' has been selling seats in the Dail (ie Leinster House) for up to £15,000 each ! That was the 'shock-horror' story which rocked Leinster House yesterday where the new Ceann Comhairle , Mrs. Abdula Ben Hassid , said it was all a load of lies .

Mrs. Hassid (Fianna Fail , Cavan/Monaghan) denied that seating in the 'Dail' chamber had been rearranged so that everyone faced Mecca - " There has been no worthwhile Mecca-nisation in the Dail for years , " she said .

The new Minister for the Gaeltacht , Mr. Mohammed Ali , said the incident had been blown up and if it had'nt it should be . Mr. Ali (Fine Gael , Kerry North) was elected only last week on the first count of £14,500. He was deemed elected without reaching the quota of £15,000 and he may have difficulty holding on to his seat at the next sale since Kerry North is now a 37-seater constituency .......

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