Monday, April 04, 2005

By Emer Woodful .
The murder of LVF leader BILLY WRIGHT has ignited the most violent spell in the North's recent history and threatened the peace process . He may well have considered it an appropriate legacy .
First published in 'MAGILL' magazine , February 1998 , pages 30,31,34 and 35 .
Re-published here in 17 parts .
(11 of 17).

Seventy-nine-year-old Rose Anne Mallon , shot dead while answering the phone in her Dungannon home ; two teenage girls killed while serving in a mobile shop in a Craigavon housing estate , and the man who tried to help also gunned down ; two young schoolboys shot on their lunch break while in an amusement arcade in Armagh ; and the Foxes , a couple in their late seventies , killed in their isolated farmhouse in Moy .

What of their families ? " I can understand their feelings , " Billy Wright said , " and as a man who has buried three of his own family I can sympathise with them . Nevertheless , I hold my views dear to my heart , and I think , by and large , that the Unionist population has been the biggest victim in all of this conflict ....... "


By the late Cork Republican , Gearoid MacCarthaigh .

" In 1968-1969 , when the Civil Rights riots started in the cities and towns of occupied Ireland , women took a very active part ; they were out on the streets and on the barricades , fighting alongside their brothers , their sons and husbands .

One name stands out from all the women of that period and later - the late Maire Drumm of Belfast , who was shot dead by Loyalist gunmen as she lay ill on a hospital bed in the Mater Hospital , Belfast .

At the IRA General Army Convention of 1970 , the Constitution of Oglaigh na hEireann was amended to allow Irish women to become members with full equality with the men . This was the greatest event that happened for Irish women since the foundation of the Irish Citizen Army in 1913 ; now women had full rights to take part in military operations on their own or in company with the men .

Many women have died on active service in occupied Ireland ; many more have been severely wounded ....... "


From 'The United Irishman' newspaper , Aibrean [April] 1957 , page 3.
(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.

' Saoirse Dearle , the Sinn Fein candidate for Dublin South-West , called on the electorate " ... to return to their old ideas and beliefs ! " , and to vote for Sinn Fein candidates .

Continuing , Saoirse expressed the hope that this generation of Irish people would not be intimidated by British might or native corruption . Little publicity was given in the so-called 'National Press' to the GPO Rally or the Sinn Fein policy during the Election campaigns .

The owners and directors of those newspapers have their reasons for attempting to stifle public opinion ; we leave it to the Irish people to judge what their reasons might be . The Rally ended with the huge 15,000-strong crowd singing ' A Nation Once Again' and 'Amhrain na bhFiann' .

Three lusty cheers for the prisoners in gaol for Ireland was the grand finale .

(Tomorrow - ' WHAT IS SINN FEIN ? ' ; American interview , 1957 , from the same source ).

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