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(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...!


Friday, March 18, 2005

MURDER MOST FOUL .......
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).


WOMEN IN IRELAND'S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM .......
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 ....... "

(MORE LATER).


INCITEMENT TO COERCION : DEMOCRACY IN DANGER .......
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 .

[END of 'INCITEMENT TO COERCION : DEMOCRACY IN DANGER .......'].

NEXT : 'A POTENT WEAPON OF AGGRESSION' .
(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 ....... '

(MORE LATER).