International Spirit of Eureka

One group of Australians who fought overseas will not get a mention today as they fought not for imperialism but against it in support of the Spanish Republic

These men and women – communists, trade unionists, republicans, socialists and anarchists are the true heirs to the international spirit of Eureka. 

The following fell in Spain.
Ted Dickinson  13/02/1937

Harry Hynes  1937

Jack Newman  Feb 1937

Percival Butler  Feb 1937

James Stewart  Feb 1937

John Burgess  Feb 1937

Jack Kent (New Zealand)  31/05/1937

Jack Stevens  July 1937

Ralph Baynham  1938

Cormac McCarthy  1938

John William Young  July 1938

William Arthur Morcom  Sep 1938

Kevin Rebbecchi  Jan 1939

Leslie White
At least 14 nameless Australians died upon the City of Barcelona ship on the 30th of May 1937 when it was torpedoed by a fascist submarine. The ship had been bringing over 200 international volunteers from France when it was sunk of Valencia. 
‘We will not forget their names

those that did their bit for Spain

Viva los Brigadistas!’

With  many thanks to: James Connolly.

The seven signatories of the Irish Proclamation, Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Thomas Clarke, Thomas Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh, Sean MacDermott, Joseph Plunkett & Eamonn Ceannt.




All of the above men were executed by the British Government for their efforts in trying to secure a free Ireland! 

At four minutes past noon on Easter Monday, April 24th, 1916, from the steps of the General Post Office Patrick Pearse read the Proclamation of the Republic:

POBLACHT NA hEIREANN
 THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF THE

 IRISH REPUBLIC

 TO THE PEOPLE OF IRELAND 
IRISHMAN AND IRISHWOMEN:

In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.
Having organized and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organization, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and through her open military organizations, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and, supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory. 
We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State. And we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.
The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irish woman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities of all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority in the past.
Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National Government, representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provision Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people.
We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God, Whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called. 
 Signed on behalf of the Provisional Government,

THOMAS J. CLARKE
 SEAN MAC DIERMADA   THOMAS MACDONAGH

 P.H.PEARSE   EAMONN CEANNT

 JAMES CONNOLLY   JOSEPH PLUNKETT

With many thanks to: Brònzy Hegarty.

Remembering with pride Loretta Clarke, who passed away 11th April 2017.

Loretta Clarke who passed away on 11th April 2017. Loretta along with her late brother Jackie amassed the largest collection of republican ephemera in the world. The Jackie Clarke Collection is open to the public in Ballina.
Loretta was very many years a member of the NGA in Mayo and she can be heard in an audio documentary produced by them Dying for the Cause: The Story of the Mayo Hunger Strikers.
http://www.clarkecollection.ie/

With many thanks to: James Connolly, Irish Republican Education Forum.

RSF supports Gabriel Mackle in his defence of his Republican identity.

Statement by the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton
28ú Márta/March

Republican Sinn Féin salutes Gabriel Mackle on his courageous defence of his distinct identity and autonomy as an Irish Republican POW within the Maghaberry prison. Irish Republican POWs have historically had to run the gauntlet of British and 26-County state attempts to criminalise them and deny them their identity, shamefully on this occasion this latest injustice comes at the hands of those purporting to be fellow Irish Republicans. To compound the injustice is the fact that it was the CABHAIR supported prisoners who won the right of Republican prisoners to have their separate identity accepted by the prison regime. The CABHAIR supported prisoners led the dirty protests which resulted in the August 2010 Agreement.
This attempt to deny Gabriel Mackle his own political identity and autonomy brings only shame to those who have a hand in it. By cloaking their actions in the name of Republicanism they sully that noble banner. A statement issued under the name of “Republican Prisoners, Roe 4” in Maghaberry prison by the group styling itself Saoradh is quite simply a tissue of lies and calculated smear, designed to hide what is really happening here.

In an attempt to smear Gabriel Mackle the statement cites his previous membership of the British Army’s Royal Irish Regiment. This is a matter of public record. Irish Republican history is littered with instances of Irish patriots who having served in the British Army subsequently gave honourable and heroic service to the cause of Irish freedom, James Connolly, Michael Mallin and Tom Barry are notable examples.

This statement cannot disguise the reality of what is going on in Maghaberry. Gabriel Mackle’s right, a right inherent to all Republican POWs, to maintain his own political identity is being attacked. Historically this right has always been respected by Republican prisoners regardless of organisation. However, this latest move to deny Gabriel Mackle this right echoes the actions of the Provisionals who in 1986 forced Republican prisoners who refused to renounce their Republican principles and abandon their allegiance to the All-Ireland Republic off prison landings.

Today it seems similar tactics are being employed by a grouping that it seems will not tolerate any alternative views. When these people speak of unity we now can see what they really mean. They are simply Provo – lite, aping the tactics and mindset of the Provisionals. They will be no more successful in their attempts to intimidate faithful Irish Republicans than the reformist Provos were before them.
We will not be intimidated or deflected from our work. Over the decades we have seen many such groupings styling themselves as Republican come and go. Republican Sinn Féin and the Republican Movement long predate them and will long outlast them. This year we mark 100 years since the historic 1917 Ard Fheis at which Sinn Féin adopted a Republican constitution. We are proud of our history of unbroken continuity of principle and organisation. Over the course of that century faithful Irish Republicans have defended that constitution from those who have attempted to subvert it, in 1921, 1926, 1946, 1969/70 and 1986. We will remain steadfast in our allegiance to the All-Ireland Republic of Easter and determined in our pursuit of our Republican goals. Once more we salute Gabriel Mackle and pledge him our continued solidarity and support. Maith thú Gabriel.

Críoch/Ends.

With many thanks to: Des Dalton, President Republican Sinn Féin.

Free Tony Taylor now interned 376 Day’s

Tony Taylor from Derry City is currently Interned in Maghaberry Prison.

To date, there has been no allegation of wrongdoing let alone evidence put to Tony by the authorities to explain his continued imprisonment.

The decision to jail Tony has been taken by the British Secretary of State, based on unaccountable intelligence supposedly provided by the security services. This is an abuse of power, undemocratic and an infringement of human rights.

#freetonytaylor

With many thanks to: James Connolly.

James Fintan Lalor, the real Revolutionary of ’48’, was born March 8th, 1807, at Tenaill, Abbeyleix.

Sent to Carlow Lay College, 1825. On leaving college he was apprenticed to Dr. Jacob of Maryborough. He only remained eighteen months there, when he left suddenly and embarked for France.

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With many thanks to: James Connolly (James Connolly Association Australia):
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James Fintan Lalor, the real Revolutionary of ’48’, was born March 8th, 1807, at Tenaill, Abbeyleix.

Sent to Carlow Lay College, 1825. On leaving college he was apprenticed to Dr. Jacob of Maryborough. He only remained eighteen months there, when he left suddenly and embarked for France.

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With many thanks to: James Connolly (James Connolly Association Australia):
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