2) Last Sunday was the annual Irish Books and Media (IBAM) event at Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC). Though the IAHC is controlled by the Irish gov’t and opposed campaigns for the Birmingham 6, the MacBride Principles, the freeing of the unconstitutionally imprisoned Joe Doherty, etc., Mary and I still rented a table and sold my book at it. While there we noticed that IBAM’s featured speaker was Irish National University (Limerick) History Professor Ruán O’Donnell, a man we knew and regarded highly, and that his subject was his book, “A Short History of Ireland’s Famine.” I left Mary at our table to attend Ruán’s talk and, despite the strange “famine” in his book’s title, to enjoy hearing him educate attendees about actual events of 1845-1850 Ireland. After hearing his talk about potatoes, and blight, and charity food for the Irish, I still bought his book, expecting to find it, at least, truthful. It is a stunning disappointment; and explains his contacts in the U.S.: his long-time New York contact once led an attack on women distributing my then-pamphlet and robbed them of their boxes of pamphlets. His Chicago contacts are two members of the David Rupert branch of the Friends of Irish Freedom who refused to release to the McKevitt defense team their Rupert correspondence. Rupert left Chicago for Ireland about 1994 where he remained with FBI Agent Buckley until demobilized by MI5 eMail, obviously mission accomplished, the evening of 15Aug1998; hours after the Omagh massacre.
We had attributed Ruán’s terrible contacts to innocent unwariness on his part; but his talk and a read of his book nail him as a key operative of the Big Lie. Let me know if you’d like me to send you my review of his book on Amazon.
With many thanks to: Mary O’Sullivan for the original posting.