Tralee Fianna

The History of Na Fianna Éireann

Tralee Fianna

The Tralee Fianna Eireann Sluagh was one of the largest and most active of all the Fianna branches throughout Ireland during the War of Independence. A senior Fianna officer, known only by the initials ‘T.M.’ later stated that:

“No mere account of routine scout work is the story of the Tralee Fianna Eireann. It is an integral part of the history of the entire resistance movement in the town, during the Anglo-Irish War. Boys of the Fianna, all of them in their ‘teens’, stood shoulder to shoulder with the men of the Republican Army in many big engagements. They fought bravely; some died leaving to the survivors the rich legacy of their inspiring example of courage and self-sacrifice”.

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Football, revolutionaries and my great-grandfather – 1916 and all that


We’ve only begun the year of commemorations and there has already been a great deal written about the various organisations, groupings and competing actors around the dramatic events of Easter 1916.  In much of nationalist history there is a huge role played by sport in the recruitment and training of the Volunteers, this is something often celebrated by the GAA and is born testament to in the naming of stadiums and club teams around the county.

This involvement with the nationalist cause was not limited only to the sphere of Gaelic games. Despite its occasional portrayal as a “Garrison Game” many individuals who were actively involved with football clubs also became key players in the struggle for independence. Among them were family members of my own.

In doing some family tree research I’ve started looking into the history and background of some of the relatives on my Da’s side of the…

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St.Bernadette’s Body 122 years after her death

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Remember that the sisters of those days were buried in a pine  box and in no way embalmed like today. She died on April 16, 1879 and her body is Incorrupt. She is in the ranks of the Incorruptible Saints in the Catholic Church.

Even though incorruptibility does not confer sainthood upon the subject, it is still appreciated by the church as a supernatural occurrence the laws of nature have been suspended on their behalf for our edification and hope. Her Feast Day is celebrated on February 18

According to documents researched by Andre Ravier,S.J. in the Archives of Saint-Gildard Convent in Nevers; The body when first exhumed in 1909 was recorded to have been a dull white color and the nose was already dilated and shrunken although the hands perfectly preserved and  she was fingering a rosary that was rusted. One…

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Was A Serial Rapist And Child Killer A British Spy In Ireland?


It’s an uncomfortable truism of the human condition that sociopaths are made, not born, and the life of the Irish child rapist and serial killer, Robert Howard, must surely be a testament to that fact. Yet, what make’s his story of violence and abuse so remarkable is the possibility that several of his depraved crimes took place while he was working as a spy or informer for the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), the disgraced UK paramilitary police force in the north-east of Ireland, during a crucial period in the Long War or the so-called Irish-British “Troubles” of 1966-2005.

Robert “Bob” Howard was born in 1944, spending his earliest years in the rural community of Wolfhill, County Laois, a relatively isolated region in the southern midlands of Ireland. One of the younger siblings of a large, impoverished family he had a troubled childhood from almost the very beginning, exacerbated by his father’s drinking and violence, culminating in a burglary at the age of thirteen. His punishment was a period of detention in St…

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CIRA ‘No Involvement in Hotel Shootings’

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Preas Ráitheas/Press Release

Republican Sinn Féin wish to share to following statement which was published in the SAOIRSE, Irish Freedom newspaper and other media outlets recently.  Sadly, the name of Irish Republicanism has been misappropriated by criminal elements over the last number of years.  However the integrity of the Republican Movement we believe is there for all to see, in 2013 the President of Republican Sinn Féin wrote an opinion piece, In Defense of Irish Republicanism, which is very fitting to re-visit given the recent allegations in the tabloid gutter press.

In a statement issued to media on February 7, 2016 the Continuity IRA said; “The Continuity IRA wishes to state that we did not have any involvement in Friday’s shooting at the Regency Hotel, Dublin.


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Tories to scrap Human Rights Act by next summer

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The Government are planning to fast-track a British Bill of Rights, aiming to get the extremely controversial legislation made law by next summer. 

A Bill of Rights was a Conservative manifesto pledge, but is strongly opposed by civil liberties groups that say it will restrict freedoms that are guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). 

The Independent reports that a 12-week public consultation on the Conservative Bill of Rights will start in November or December this year. It will be worded to clarify that the UK will not pull out of the European Convention of Human Rights, as some critics have feared, (and actually, as David Cameron has pledged previously). It will even mirror much of the ECHR language in an effort to “calm opposition.”

The Conservative Bill of Rights will go straight to the House of Commons without a Green or White Paper, which are usually…

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