Saturday, March 06, 2004

1169 AND COUNTING.......

American Fenians / Cork Jail Tunnel Escape / The B Specials / 13 hours in New Ross , Wexford.......


Irish history , Irish politics ;..back on MONDAY , 8th MARCH 2004 .

Friday, March 05, 2004

1169 AND COUNTING.......

Joseph Denieffe / Jackie Griffith / Richie Goss.......


Irish history , Irish politics ;..back on MONDAY , 8th MARCH 2004 .

Thursday, March 04, 2004

1169 AND COUNTING.......

Joseph Malone / Richard Dalton Williams / Tim Coughlan .......


Irish history , Irish politics ;..back on MONDAY ,8th MARCH 2004 .

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

1169 AND COUNTING.......

Fr. Luke Wadding / Dr. William Walsh / Patrick O'Donoghue / Peter O'Neill Crowley .......

.......AND STORMONT : 1917 + 1998 .

Irish history , Irish politics ;..back on MONDAY , 8th MARCH 2004 .

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

1169 AND COUNTING.......

Liam Lynch / Michael Scanlon / Canon Magner / James Clarence Mangan / James 'Skin-The-Goat' Fitzharris.......


Irish history , Irish politics ;..back on MONDAY , 8th MARCH 2004 .

Monday, March 01, 2004

1169 AND COUNTING.......

Dinny Lacey / John Keegan Casey / Dorothy McCardle / Molly O' Reilly / P.J. Smyth.......


Irish history , Irish politics ; ..back on MONDAY , 8th MARCH 2004.

Sunday, February 29, 2004


....... Irish Republican author Brian O'Higgins wrote about Richie Goss and other Republican soldiers in the 1950 edition of 'The Wolfe Tone Annual' .......

" Those who would make all Ireland free must follow in his and their footsteps or fail . Men talk foolishly today , as they and others have talked for many futile years , of "declaring" the Republic of Ireland . There is no need to declare it . Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet founded it and made it known to the world .

Daniel O'Connell reviled and repudiated it , but John Mitchel and Fintan Lalor stood beneath its banner and gave it their allegiance . The Fenians made it articulate and preserved it through two generations until the men and women of 1916 proclaimed it in arms . The whole people of Ireland accepted it a few years later , giving it the most unanimous vote that has ever been cast in this country , and it was established and declared on January 21 , 1919 .

It has never been dis-established since , but it has been suppressed by falsehood and by force , and it is suppressed at this moment . Against that force and falsehood , against that unjust and unlawful suppression , the men we honour today - Patrick McGrath , Thomas Harte , George Plant , Richard Goss , Maurice O'Neill and Charles Kerins - did battle unto death . Their blood cries out for only one vengenance - the restoration of the suppressed Republic of Ireland . "

-- Brian O'Higgins , as quoted in ' The Wolfe Tone Annual ' , 1950 , speaking about the remains of the six Irish Rebels which were handed-over to their comrades and relatives on 18th September 1948 .



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

By Micheal O'Suilleabhain : published 1965.


".......The twelve of us were in Ben Shorten's Pub opposite the RIC Barracks . The Brits knew we were there , but they did'nt know why . We were trying to draw them out ......."

" We had now been two hours in the pub . We sent Jer Carthy away , after arranging to meet again . After a lapse of a quarter of an hour , we left in a leisurely manner . Some talked loudly , while others walked a little unsteadily . We all laughed loudly and heartily at a few who were acting drunk . But no one of the twelve had touched any drink with a trace of alcohol in it . Getting hold of our bicycles , we started an argument as to which way we should go . All the time we were being keenly watched . Finally , we mounted in a disorderly manner and left in the Bantry direction , away from home . Rounding a few sharp bends of the road to the west , we reached the gate of Colaiste na Mumhan . Entering there , we hid our bicycles inside the hedge of the road and lay down on the grass . Very soon , Jer Carthy appeared again .

" Ye had not turned the second corner , " he said , " when four of them came out and sat on the wall , but they have their revolvers with them this time . " " We must have patience , Jer ," said my brother , " until more of them come out . " Jer went off again . We sat or lay in the shade of the hedge and waited . Every quarter of an hour Jer returned and reported ; " There are three out now ," or " there are five out now ," and so on . At length Pat said to him : " When there are six out , Jer , come and we will have at them . " Again Jer disappeared .

Now started a very long period of waiting , whiled away by a thorough rehearsal of the procedure when we should return to the village . When the word came that we were to grab our bicycles , each would take the place allotted to him in the agreed file and we would then take the last corner at top speed . Riding hard , we would then pull up on the raising of Pat's hand in front , lay down each bicycle swiftly on the road , and get busy . The leading six would then rush the door of the RIC Barracks , while the remainder would attack the men on the wall . It was a chancy business , but every man we had could be relied on to do his part .

Each had eagerly intimated his desire to fight these Black and Tans under any conditions . Certainly , it was half the battle to have such men , and it would go far in countering the advantages possessed by the enemy in quality of arms and position . We waited on . Suddenly Jer dashed in the gate on his bicycle ......."

(TO BE CONTINUED...... ....on Monday , 8th March - if you can't wait , then buy the book !)

SHARON has all the bag's packed and the taxi is outside waiting . We're away for about a week . Hope you will 'click' back next Monday , 8th March . Slan go foill anois ).