Friday, March 18, 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 .

" In his last letters to his wife , Wolfe Tone wrote -

- " ... be assured I will die as I have lived , and that you will have no cause to blush for me . Adieu , dearest love , keep your courage as I have kept mine . My mind is as tranquil this moment as at any period of my life . "

Are these the words of a man contemplating suicide ? No ! Wolfe Tone knew that suicide would have damned his reputation irreparably and consequently the cause he dedicated his life to . There is only one conclusion to be drawn knowing the man - murder by a person or persons unknown .

[END of 'MURDER MOST FOUL .......'].
(Tomorrow : 'DYING BY THE SWORD' - LVF leader BILLY WRIGHT ; from 1998).

By the late Cork Republican , Gearoid MacCarthaigh .

" In most cases , women had to play the harder part of waiting alone at home to rear their families while the men were away fighting or were in prison . Very often they waited in vain as their men were dead .

During the Land League , Fanny Parnell founded the Womens Land League ; this organisation became so militant that Fanny Parnell was ordered by her father to disband it as he considered it a danger to his political career !

The next womens organisation to appear on the Irish scene was Innean na hEireann , founded at the turn of the century by Maud Gonne McBride . During the visit to Dublin by Britain's Queen Victoria the women of this organisation hung a black banner over O'Connell Street in protest at the visit . They hung black flags from the windows of many houses throughout Dublin , in many cases barricading the doors of the houses to impede the RIC when they tried to get in to pull down the flags .

A party had been arranged for selected children of British supporters in Dublin to celebrate the visit of the Queen of England ; Maud Gonne McBride and the women of her organisation held a party for the poor Irish children living in the Dublin slums . This was held in the Phoenix Park ....... "


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.

' Should the new government allow itself to be goaded into a denial of this democratic right then , indeed , will a very serious situation have been created - a situation that will call for the co-ordinated effort of all citizens who value freedom to end for all time .


(Same source as above).

' The Concentration Camp , that modern nightmare of all freedom loving peoples , is yet another of the scourges for which mankind has to thank the British Empire .

The Concentration Camp idea was first introduced by Britain , in her war against the Boers in South Africa ; thousands of men , women and children were herded together behind barbed wire enclosures under the most degrading conditions . The modern totalitarian states - of all shades - have used it to the full to crush out resistance to their will and to keep subject peoples in slavery ....... '