For what died the son’s of Róisín was it fame?

For what died the sons of Róisín, was it fame?

For what flowed Irelands blood in rivers

That began when Brian chased the Dane

And did not cease nor has not ceased

With the brave sons of ’16

For what died the sons of Róisín, was it fame?
For what died the sons of Róisín, was it greed?

For what died the sons of Róisín, was it greed?

Was it greed that drove Wolfe Tone

To a paupers death in a cell of cold wet stone?

Will German, French or Dutch inscribe the epitaph of Emmet?

When we have sold enough of Ireland to be but strangers in it

For what died the sons of Róisín, was it greed?
To whom do we owe our allegiance today?

To whom do we owe our allegiance today?

To those brave men who fought and died

That Róisín live again with pride?

Her sons at home to work and sing

Her youth to dance and make her valleys ring

Or the faceless men who for Mark and Dollar

Betray her to the highest bidder

To whom do we owe our allegiance today?
For what suffer our patriots today?

For what suffer our patriots today?

They have a language problem, so they say

How to write “No Trespass” must grieve their heart full sore

We got rid of one strange language

Now we are faced with many, many more,

For what suffer our patriots today?

With many thanks to: Tom West Cork Barry.

This is a live post – what I mean by that is you can upload videos & pictures of any harassment carried out by the RUC/PSNI and An Gara Siaconna but I approve these comments etc. Anything posted racist or sectarian will be blocked and those responsible will be banned. That includes all religions including Muslim. This is a Republican page and no second chances will be given. Slán.

I’m in Facebook jail ban for three days. Can u share this for me? Special Branch harresment in Dubin today at annual RNU (Republican Network for Unity) commemoration. They also hassled children and the elderly as well as a bus from Belfast.

With many thanks to: Ciaran O Stanlaigh. 

Group accuses DUP of putting face against progress on legacy issues.

A VICTIMS campaign group has accused the DUP of continually having “placed their face against” progress on legacy inquests.

The bullet-riddled minibus at the scene of the massacre of 10 Protestant workmen shot dead by the IRA at Kingsmill in January 1976. But a judge says gardaí have not supplied documents relating to the outrage.

The comments come as Arlene Foster said she would be “writing to the Irish Primeminister” to express concern after further delays this week in the inquest into the IRA massacre of ten Protestant workmen at Kingsmill. Mrs Foster made her comments after it emerged that documents linked to the 1976 attack and requested from gardaí by a judge in Belfast had not been produced. The request was made by Judge Brian Sherrard who is presiding over the high-profile case.

The funeral’s of 10 Protestant workmen murdered by the IRA in 1976.

Mrs Foster said: “I am disappointed that the Irish government is now standing in the way of closure for these families, who have already suffered so much.” The Republic’s Justice department said the Irish government had already taken the “unprecedented” step of producing domestic legislation to facilitate legal co-operation with the inquest. “This legislation facilitated the transfer of significant evidential material by An Garda Síochána to the North of Ireland coroner,” a spokesman said.

The Ten men murdered in the Kingsmill massacre in 1976.

“The Irish authorities have continuously sought to cooperate with the coroner and his legal team as part of an ongoing legal process.” Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan had requested just over £10m to fund a proposal to deal more expediently with legacy inquests last year. However, Mrs Foster blocked the funding prior to the 2016 assembly election saying the process was “skewed” towards killings committed by the state, and she “will not allow any process to rewrite the past”. Andrée Murphy of Relatives for Justice said while she welcomed Mrs Foster’s comments in relation to the Kingsmill delays, her decision to block funding for legacy inquests in March 2016 had caused “harm on top of the devastation already experienced”. “Families from every background and all communities are engaged in inquests”, she said. It would be hard to over state the huge pressure and ever present anxiety that the lack of progress on inquests has caused. “And movement on it would demonstrate goodwill from the British government and unionist parties who have thus far placed their face against delivering achievable remedy to these families.”

With many thanks to: Allison Morris, The Irish News for the original story.

Óglach Tony Gormley age 24 17th September 1962 – 8th May 1987.

From Declan Edgars page. Grmma Decky. 

Óglach Tony Gormley age 24 17th September 1962 – 8th May 1987.

Óglach Tony Gormley Age 24
17th September 1962 – 8th May 1987
Tony Gormley was the first of the four Volunteers from Galbally, who died at Loughgall to be buried. He is interred in St. Patrick’s, Aughnagar, Galbally, a mile from the family home.
The second eldest of six children, Tony was a happy go lucky young man but like his friends, Declan and Seamus, he suffered repeated harassment, and was arrested on numerous occasions and questioned in Gough Barracks, Armagh.
Tony was always a hard worker and he earned a reputation as a reliable and considerate employer. He was an engineering sub-contractor and had 12 men working for him. He was a forward thinker and good strategist. This was evident in the manner in which he would plan every operation meticulously, with attention to all foreseeable eventualities. Always putting himself to the fore, Tony is remembered as highly reliable and dedicated.
The friendship between Tony, Seamus, Eugene and Declan is also remembered. The craic and general “messing” that went on between them reminds us of how young they were and of how much we miss them.
At the time of his death Tony was a highly respected member of the East Tyrone Brigade. He died with his friends at Loughgall on 8th May 1987. They are often thought of and are always missed.

With many thanks to: Chaírde ar an Arm Náisiúnta Fuascailte na hÉireann.

Collusion is not an illusion it is state murder !!!

Families from every background and all communities are engaged in inquests. It would be hard to over state the huge pressure and ever present anxiety that the lack of progress on inquests has caused. It is a harm on top of the devastation already experienced. This is a rights issue. It is easily resolved. And movement on it would demonstrate good will from the British Government and the unionist parties who have thus far placed their face against delivering achievable remedy to these families
The British state has systematically delayed all proceedings in the courts regarding legacy through denial of disclosure to families.

The British state has refused to engage in good faith with the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement legacy mechanisms.

The British state has refused to engage with the recommendations of their own Consultative Group to Deal with the Past, the European Court of Human Rights or the United Nations in the delivery of comprehensive measures to deliver truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence to victims.

Yet today in Westminster a Committee says the British army should have immunity from prosecution, in fact there should not even be processes to examine their conduct.

Well, we know why. The use of lethal force, shoot to kill, plastic bullets and collusion. All sanctioned, all resourced and all covered up. 

No peace process would stand over such moves. All victims from all backgrounds deserve and have the right to truth and justice. There can be no hierarchy. There can be no discrimination.

With many thanks to:

‘On-the-runs’ deal negotiated with Shame Féin and the British government ‘made amnesty for British Soldiers inevitable’.

This story appeared in The Irish News today Saturday April 29th 2017.

TONY Blair’s ‘backroom deal with Shame Féin in relation to an ‘amnesty for members of the IRA’ which has become known by the so-called of ‘ontheruns‘ made an amnesty for former British Soldiers an “inevitability” a member of the Westminster defence committee has said. Earlier this week the powerful Commons committee backed calls for a ‘statue of limitations’ stopping investigation or prosecution of all former British Soldiers for Trouble’s related offences.

The committee stopped short of recommending a ‘statute of limitations‘ for unsolved paramilitary killings saying that “would be for the next government to decide”. In February The Irish News reported that 200 soldiers linked to unsolved Troubles killings are set to benefit from a de facto amnesty, with the British government seeking to introduce special legislation which would place a “line in the sand” on further prosecutions involving some  ‘high level’ Shame Féin MLA’s from further prosecutions. 

Sir Gearld Howarth, the outgoing Conservative MP for Aldershot said at the time that there were discussions taking place at the highest level to protect former members of the British military from prosecution.

Gerry Kelly who shot dead a prison officer in the H-Block great escape received one of the comfort pardon’s.

“The soldiers and their families I speak to feel very let down”, he said. Three former members of the British military are charged with offences relating to their time on duty in the North of Ireland. In December last year two retired members of the Parachute Regiment were told they were to be prosecuted for the murder (execution ) of O.I.R.A (Official Irish Republican Army), Commander Joe McCann in 1972.
Another former British Soldier, Dennis Hutchings, who is in his in seventies and from Cornwall, has been charged with the attempted murder of John Paul Cunningham (27). who had learning  difficulties, was shot dead  (shot in the back) by a brave British Soldier in Co Tyrone in 1974. Prosecutors are also considering files on the 1972 Bloody Sunday shootings (mass murders) were 14 innocent civilians were murdered by British Soldiers in Co Derry.

DUP MP Gavin Robinson, an Orangeman and qualified solicitor

(pictured above) who sits on the Westminster defence committee said this government had a “long way to go to undo the disgraceful deals of the past”. “The current government are not going to be able to right the wrongs of the past, there were some quite disgraceful secret deals done and people were understandably outraged.

“The ‘on-the-run’ issue created a completely unbalanced situation and it is absolutely right that there are now steps taken to address that imbalance. “The IRA did not leave written records of the murders they carried out and in fact when pressed have continued to observe the IRA’s code of silence. “This was very evident in Martin McGuinness” evidence during the Saville inquiry. “These recommendations are not set in stone and they could be rejected, but I would hope the current government (Vote Labour) will give serious consideration to the report and the very understandable public anger.”
With many thanks to: Allison Morris, The Irish News, for the original story.

Today in Irish History marks the last day of the Easter Rising 101 years ago today.


12.30pm, Saturday 29 April 1916. As Seán MacDiarmada looked out the window at the three elderly men lying dead on the footpath, still clutching their white flags, he told those with him that this was why Patrick Pearse was right. ‘We must surrender to save the lives of the citizens.’ 
It had been just over 16 hours since MacDiarmada, Pearse and the other surviving member of the GPO garrison had staggered into the houses on Moore Street to make their last stand. The exit from the GPO had been crushing and many fine men had fallen to the British guns. 
And yet staying in the GPO was not an option. The building had been on fire since Friday afternoon and there was no water to douse the flames. Moreover, while Pearse sized up the situation, James Connolly, the rebellions military leader, was suffering a mortally gangrenous ankle wound. It was only a matter of time before the British overpowered the building.
At 8pm on Friday evening, with darkness falling fast, Pearse assembled the GPO garrison in the smoke-filled hall and instructed them to load up as much food and ammunition as possible and to make their way to a new position at the William and Woods’ factory in Great Britain (now Parnell Street).
Among those listening to Pearse was Michael Rahilly (The O’Rahilly), a co-founder of the Irish Volunteers. Despite his personal opposition to the Rising, he had joined the rebels as soon as he learned it was underway, arriving in his De Dion-Bouton motorcar on Easter Monday with the majestic words, ‘I helped wind this clock and I’ve come to hear it strike.’ 
Shortly after Pearse finished his address, The O’Rahilly took a group of men out of a side entrance of the GPO in an attempt to clear the way. Holding his sword in front of him, he led his men ‘at the double’ up Henry Street but as they rounded Moore Street they found themselves confronted by a barricade, constructed across the top of Great Britain (now Parnell) Street, by Sergeant Major Samuel Lomas of the Sherwood Forresters and a dozen fellow British soldiers. The soldiers had made the barricade by raiding the nearby butcher’s shop of Messrs Simpson and Wallace, taking the butcher’s block, as well as bedding, bedsteads, wardrobes, mattresses and an armchair in which Lomas had briefly managed to get some shut-eye. 
An alert British machine-gunner from Lomas’s company spotted O’Rahilly’s group and opened fie. Among the Volunteers who died in the ensuing hail of bullets were Dublin hurler Harry Coyle, Kerry wireless operator Patrick Shortis, Rathfarnham hairdresser Francis Macken and Glasgow-born tailor Charlie Carrigan. 
This was also to be The O’Rahilly’s last hurrah. Riddled with lead, he managed to crawl into the doorway of Leahy Brothers Public House at the corner of Moore Street and Sackville Lane (now O’Rahilly Parade) where he scribbled a poignant letter to his wife ‘dear Nancy’, sending ‘tons & tons of love dearie to you & the boys & to Nell & Anna. It was a good fight anyhow … Goodbye Darling’. He died in the doorway some hours later, thus becoming the most senior member of the Irish Volunteers to die in action. As he awaited his execution the following week, Patrick Pearse reputedly said, ‘I envy O’Rahilly – that is the way I wanted to die.’ 
O’Rahilly’s mission had failed but, as the flames began to engulf the GPO, the men inside were compelled to take their chances. The prisoners they had held since Easter Monday were released and the garrison then exited in small groups. According to volunteer Eamon Bulfin it was ‘every man for himself’ as the Volunteers crossed Henry Street into Henry Place under heavy fire. 

Pearse and Connolly were among the last to leave, with the latter, unable to walk, being carried out on a stretcher. Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, a member of Cumann na mBan who was serving with the GPO garrison, recalled how Pearse ‘went around to see that no one was left behind. We immediately preceded him, bullets raining from all quarters as we rushed to Moore Lane.’ 
As she ran, Nurse O’Farrell tripped. A man galloped out of a house on the corner of Moore Lane and Moore Street and hauled her inside. 
Other volunteers took refuge in the narrow houses that ran alongside either side of Moore Street. Some began to bore and sledgehammer their way through the internal walls so that they might proceed up the street unexposed to British fire. 
The occupants of one house refused to open up until a Volunteer put his gun to the door and shot off the lock. When they got inside, they discovered the gun blast had killed an old man within. 
Oscar Traynor recalled bursting into another house on Moore Street ‘where we were met by a little family – an old man, a young woman and her children – cowering into the corner of a room, apparently terrified’. The old man was determined to get his daughter and grandchildren out of harm’s way. Despite Traynor’s warning, he advanced out onto Moore Street waving a large white sheet. His bullet-riddled body still lay where he fell, wrapped in the sheet, when Traynor went outside for the formal surrender. 
Elsewhere a Volunteer was killed when he tried to burst open a door on Henry Place with a loaded rifle that appears to have backfired. 
The leadership itself managed to barricade themselves into a row of houses on Moore Street, believed to have been No’s 14-17, with No. 16 – a fish and poultry shop belonging to Seamus Scully – being their main stronghold. 
It should be added that historians Ann Mathews and Charles Townshend have expressed reservations that these were the houses where the leaders holed up. According to an eyewitness statement by volunteer Liam Tannam, they occupied either Kelly’s fish shop at 24/25 Moore Street, or the house next door, while Oscar Traynor maintained they were above Hanlon’s fish shop at 20/21 Moore Street.
Whichever house it was, Pearse, MacDiarmada, Tom Clarke and even Joe Plunkett were in better shape than their fellow Proclamation signatory Connolly who was now lying in agony on a mattress. Seventeen Volunteers had been wounded during the dash from the GPO and Nurse O’Farrell spent that long Friday night tending to them, listening to ‘the roar of burning buildings, machine guns playing [and] hand grenades’. 
She would later recall a curiously poignant moment when a wounded British soldier who they had taken prisoner asked Pearse to help make him a little more comfortable on the bed where he lay. The soldier put his arms around Pearse’s neck while the commandant gently moved him.
However, with Dublin burning all around him and civilian and Volunteer casualties continuing to mount, Pearse summoned his last ‘council of war’ on Saturday morning and voiced his intention to surrender. 
He may have felt compelled to act after witnessing three unarmed, elderly men on Moore Street being scythed down by a machine gun, despite the fact that all three were carrying white flags. Pearse later told the Wexford rebel leader Seamus Doyle that he had only surrendered because the British were ‘shooting women and children in the streets’. 
All of the remaining leaders agreed with his decision except for Clarke who wanted to fight on. 
At 12:45pm, armed with a hastily made Red Cross insignia, Nurse O’Farrell stepped out onto Moore Street and waved a white flag. The guns stopped and in that eerie silence she advanced towards Lomas’s barricade, noticing The O’Rahilly’s hat and revolver on the ground as she did so. 
At length, she delivered her message: ‘The Commandant of the Irish Republican Army wishes to treat with the Commandant of the British Forces in Ireland.’ 
She was then taken to Tom Clarke’s newsagent shop (now Londis) on the corner of Parnell and O’Connell Streets where she met with Brigadier General Lowe who advised her that any surrender must be unconditional. As she returned to Moore Street, she saw The O’Rahilly’s body lying in the doorway of Leahy’s pub.
At 2:30pm, Pearse formally surrendered his sword to Lowe near Lomas’s barricade. By early evening the remnant of the GPO garrison had filed out onto Moore Street and lined up in fours under the belief that they were surrendering as prisoners of war. As they were marched into captivity, some of the Moore Street women are said to have pelted them with rotten vegetables and the contents of their chamber pots. 
All that remained now was to let the other garrisons around the city know of the surrender and Elizabeth O’Farrell was once again drafted in to help. 
Within 24 hours, the Easter Rising was over.

With many thanks to: Easter Rising War of Independence and Irish Civil war History.