.......In the early 1790's , Arthur O'Connor MP returned to Ireland from France and joined the 'Society of United Irishmen' - he met Wolfe Tone and a radical British 'aristocrat' , 'Lord' Edward Fitzgerald .......
In June 1796 , Arthur O'Connor , Edward Fitzgerald and Wolfe Tone travelled to Paris , as arranged , to seek assistance from the French Directory (Revolutionary Government) in organising a rising in Ireland . The three men were well-briefed on the situation and , between that and their obvious commitment and enthusiasm , the French agreed .
On 21st December 1796 , French Commander General Hoche's fleet of 35 ships arrived in Bantry Bay , on the south-west coast of Ireland - the Bay was an ideal spot for the exercise , as it is 26 miles long , 7 miles across and , at its deepest , 40 fathoms . There were thousands of fully-armed and experienced French fighting troops on board - the same men that had only recently proved their mettle in Europe and that were known as " the greatest revolutionary army in the world " .
A storm at sea had separated the lead ship , with General Hoche on board , from the rest of the fleet .......
WHERE MOUNTAINY MEN HAVE SOWN :
war and peace in rebel Cork ,
in the turbulent years 1916-21.
By Micheal O'Suilleabhain : published 1965.
GEATA BAN .......
".......We had two signallers with flags , two marksmen , and enough of us to handle two British Army trucks ; we had picked the ambush site well , and were anxious for the event ......."
" As best we could , we settled down to the weary process of waiting . Since the ground was favourable , we were allowed to leave our positions and sit in a group to talk . This helped to pass the time with " triumphant tales of recent fight and legends of our sires of old ." In the late afternoon there was still no sign of enemy activity on the road . We had eaten nothing since morning , and I doubt if many of us were provident enough at that time , to bring a sandwich or even a piece of dry bread with us . At any rate , the unexpected happened ; up the approach road came a young lady carrying what appeared to be a white enamel bucket and a basket . Soon we recognised her . She was the daughter of the teachers of the school nearby , half a mile down the road .
She had the bucket full of tea , and the basket full of sandwiches . Apart from the renewed bodily vigour which the excellent food and drink gave , our spirits were raised immeasurably by the action of this young woman who had openly come to help , while others cowered and shrank away from us . Of these latter I must speak a little : very few people showed us any open hostility , but a very great number regarded us as a nuisance . It was hard to blame them - the hand of the British was still heavy upon them . On their fathers before them it had been much heavier . But the 'real' "bad old times" were gone , and the rackrenting and evictions were gone . The teaching and work of Fintan Lalor and Michael Davitt had , by the 'Land League' , effected this . The people now owned their land . Now they had "security" and they were content enough ...
True , in their hearts they would like to see the British gone , but who could put them out ? Surely not a small group , here and there , of badly armed youths ? Nothing could come of it but "bad work" , shootings and burnings . Nothing came that day , or the next . Then came 15th July . About 2pm our group sat talking . My brother was with us . "Watch the signal" , he said . The signaller had stepped down from the rock and , holding his flag low , had shook it out ......."
SEAN MacBRIDE : 1904 - 1988 .......
The following information was sent to '1169....' in mid-February last by a 'J.D. , Isle Of Man ' ; we reproduce it here , in 15 parts . 'J.D.' assures us that he/she got the article from an American newspaper , in the late 1980's/early 1990's .
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All of Sean MacBride's international work and the Third World nations he helped were held in equal contempt by the establishment writers . MacBride was described as a " Soviet stooge " and his winning of The Nobel Peace Prize was ' the most shameful episode in the history of that dubious award '. " Sean MacBride was an able statesman - of the IRA " , wrote Bruce Anderson of 'The Sunday Telegraph' , aghast at MacBride's defence of Irish Republicans facing extradition . Then we see how Sean MacBride still really hurt the British establishment in his latter years . With the MacBride Principles he 'cajoled' American Congessmen and " batoned on the credulous , transmuting ignorance into bigotry . "
His work for an end to discrimination was " an attempt to undermine Ulster's economy " and were the " last fruits of a long career of political malevolence ".