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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.)

IRISH BLOG AWARDS 2017 - we made it to the finalists page last year but never got to the stage :- ( 'cause not enough of ye feckers out there voted for us! So we're gonna give ya a second chance - the blog awards this year will be held on Thursday, October 5th (2017) in The Academy, Middle Abbey Street, in Dublin city centre, and we would appreciate if you could keep an eye here and give us a vote when ya can. Or else we'll get our 'Junior' to put up a pay wall and then ye will be sorry...!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

By Joe Egan .
A lecture delivered to Dublin Republicans by Joe Egan on 26th November 1989 : I have had the following document for the past 16 years ; it was given to me by its author , a friend and true Irish Republican and deserves a wider readership - John Horan .

" Regarding the French , Wolfe Tone said - " Attached to no party in the French Republic , without interest , without money , without intrigue , the openness and integrity of my views raised me to a high and confidential rank in its armies ; under the flag of the French Republic , I originally engaged with a view to save and liberate my own country . For that purpose , I have encountered the chances of war , amongst strangers .

For that purpose , I have repeatedly braved the terrors of the ocean , covered as I knew it to be , with the triumphant fleets of that power , which it was my glory and my duty to oppose . I have sacrificed all my views in life ; I have courted poverty , I have left a beloved wife , unprotected children I adored , fatherless . After such sacrifices , in a cause which I have always conscientiously considered as the cause of justice and freedom - it is no great effort , at this day , to add the sacrifice of my life .

To the eternal disgrace of those who gave the order , I was brought hither in irons , like a felon ....... " "


By John Dean.
First published in 'MAGILL' magazine , October 1980 , pages 30, 31, 35, and 37.
Re-published here in 20 parts .
[20 of 20].

To me , Reagan's speech to the retirement community in Florida was well beyond political hyperbole ; it was flirting with senility . And next month , the man with that 'vision' of the United States , Ronald Wilson Reagan , celluloid hero , may finally make it to the Presidency . If he does he will be inaugurated almost two years after the death of John Wayne .

He was born just two years after the deaths of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid .......

[END of 'LIGHTS , CAMERA , REAGAN .......!'].
(Tomorrow - 'WOMEN IN IRELAND'S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM' - by a late Cork Republican).

From 'The United Irishman' newspaper , Aibrean [April] 1957 , page 1.
(IML. IX. UIMHIR 4 - price Tri Pingin [Three Pennies].
Thanks to my late friends Christy and Theresa L. for giving me this 48-year-old newspaper ; this thread published in memory of those two old Fenians ! - John.

' In point of fact the candidates nominated by Sinn Fein were publicly pledged not to " ... sit in or take part in the proceedings of any Parliament ... other than the Parliament of the Irish Republic . " To the full extent of its capacity and abilities Sinn Fein made it clear that its elected representatives would not take their seats in Leinster House .

On this understanding approximately 66,000 voters , in 19 out of the total of 40 constituencies , registered their approval and support for the Sinn Fein policy . Sinn Fein recognises the Leinster House Parliament precisely for what it is - for what it has been since its inception - one of three institutions of Government legislating for an Ireland forcibly partitioned by an alien power .

Whatever validity it has as such is not questioned and is therefore not denied . Again Mr. Costello is reported to have stated - " I believe myself ... that there are people and organs of public opinion that have been directly responsible through their speeches and writings for bringing about a situation in which the institutions of the State have been brought into something like disrepute . " Many times in the past party politicians have challenged Sinn Fein to put its policy and programme before the public and to seek for it the support of the electorate .

It is very definitely the intention of Sinn Fein to do precisely this when future occasions arise , not because of any challenge issued , but simply because it is a fundamental part of its policy to seek the support of the Irish people for the reintegration of our National Territory and for the enthronement of a National Government of the Irish Republic ....... '