The Loughgall Martyrs – FREE THE TRUTH


Not wanting to put a “downer” on the great judgement yesterday but I feel it would be remiss of me not to highlight the following

Down through the years the repeated total inaccuracy regarding the shooting of the Hughes brothers has been continually put out on social media and by the media and indeed individuals (some of whom should know better) that the Hughes brothers were caught in crossfire.

Once again I feel the need to repeat the following statement.

The Hughes brothers were NOT caught in crossfire nor were they innocently shot by the SAS. The Hughes brothers were directly and intentionally targeted by the SAS and shot multiple times. Anthony sadly lost his life and Oliver sadly was seriously wounded. The BRITISH State evidence has stated this fact from 1988. The SAS in their statements have clearly said they shot the Hughes brothers so why oh why do we still have the media etc claiming that they were caught in crossfire- almost all of the 72 shots fired that night from the IRA weapons were aimed almost exclusively at what supposedly would have been an empty barracks. This is evidenced again by the British State evidence. There were absolutely NO IRA shots fired in the direction of the Hughes brothers or anywhere near the vicinity of their car. It would be great if this could be reported accurately.

Sorry for the rant but this is just so wrong that after all these years and repeated corrections the media etc still report this inaccuracy – and yes I am conscious that this inaccuracy is included in Justice Girvans Judgement yesterday and because of that we will ask our legal team to highlight this with the court.

Thank you all again for your continued support

With many thanks to: Mairead & Roisin Kelly.

Remembering Óglach Robert Carr, Newry Brigade – Irish Republican Army (IRA), who died on this day 1st April 1980.

Óglach Robert Carr, Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA), died on this day 1st April 1980.

Robert Manus Carr (commonly known as Bob) was born on 7th April 1959 in Quay St, Newry. His parents, Noel and Josie, lived in the ÓNeill Avenue area and they had one other child, Mary.

In the mid 70s Bob Joined a local unit of the IRA determined to fight for his country’s freedom.

In March 1980, Bob was critically injured in a premature explosion at the Customs Post on the Dublin Road. He recieved terrible burns to his body from which he never recovered. He died on the 1st April, six days before his 21st Birthday.

News of his death came as a great shock to his family and friends. His family treasure his memories and his comrades remember him with pride.

With many thanks to: Clan na Gael.

Fallen Comrades of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

Thirty years ago, in 1987, these five brave INLA Volunteers sacrificed their lives in defence of the Republican Socialist Movement.

They gave up everything for their families, for their friends, for their comrades, for their communities, for the working class; for their country.

We remember them with honour and with pride.

With many thanks to: Irish Fenian Brotherhood.

Matthew Talbot was born on May 2nd 1856, the second of 12 siblings, in Dublin, Ireland.

He had three sisters and nine brothers, three of whom died young. His father Charles was a dockworker and his mother, Elizabeth, was a housewife. When Matthew was about 12 years old, he started to drink alcohol. His father was a known alcoholic as well as all his brothers. The eldest brother, John, was the exception. Charles tried to dissuade Matthew with severe punishments but without success.Matthew worked as a messenger boy when he was twelve and then transferred to another messenger job at the same place his father worked. After working there for three years, he became a bricklayer’s laborer. He was a hodman, which meant he fetched mortar and bricks for the bricklayers. He was considered “the best hodman in Dublin.As he grew into an adult, he continued to drink excessively, He continued to work but spent all his wages on heavy drinking. When he got drunk, he became very hot-tempered, got into fights, and swore. He became so desperate for more drinks that he would buy drinks on credit, sell his boots or possessions, or steal people’s possession so he could exchange it for more drinks. He refused to listen to his mother’s plea to stop drinking. He eventually lost his own self-respect. One day when he was broke, he loitered around a street corner waiting for his “friends”, who were leaving work after they were paid their wages. He had hoped that they would invite him for a drink but they ignored him. Dejected, he went home and publicly resolved to his mother, “I’m going to take the pledge.” His mother smiled and responded, “Go, in God’s name, but don’t take it unless you are going to keep it.” As Matthew was leaving, she continued, “May God give you strength to keep it.Matthew went straight to confession at Clonliffe College and took a pledge not to drink for three months. The next day he went back to Church and received communion for the first time in years. From that moment on, in 1884 when he was 28 years old, he became a new man. After the he successfully fulfilled his pledge for three months, he made a life long pledge. He even made a pledge to give up his pipe and tobacco. He used to use about seven ounces of tobacco a week. He said to the late Sean T. O’Ceallaigh, former President of Ireland, that it cost him more to give up tobacco that to give up alcohol.The new converted Matthew never swore. He was good humored and amicable to everyone. He continued to work as a hodman and then as a laborer for timber merchants. He used his wages to pay back all his debts. He lived modestly and his home was very spartan. He developed into a very pious individual who prayed every chance he got. He attended Mass every morning and made devotions like the Stations of the Cross or devotions the Blessed mother in the evenings. He fasted, performed acts of mortification, and financially supported many religious organizations. He read biographies of St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Catherine of Sienna. He later joined the Third Order of St. Francis on October 18, 1891 even though a young pious girl proposed to marry him. Physically, he suffered from kidney and heart ailments. During the two times he was hospitalized, he spent much time in Eucharistic adoration in the hospital chapel. Eventually, Matthew died on June 7, 1925 while walking to Mass. He was 69 years old. Here is a wonderful quote from Matthew to remember:Three things I cannot escape: the eye of God, the voice of conscience, the stroke of death. In company, guard your tongue. In your family, guard your temper. When alone guard your thoughts.”

With many thanks to: Irish History discussion and debate group.


Hospital Road


Quiz night for Donard Special School, Banbridge

Quiz night for Donard Special School, Banbridge                                                                                                                                    

Friday, 27 January 2012
  • Time
    20:30 until 01:00
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    Hello once again Friends, Followers and fellow Hibernians.We are starting 2012 where we left off, with a fantastic fundraising event for Donard Special School in Banbridgeon Friday 27th January.The aim of this Quiz night is to raise fund to help send young children w…ith special/learning needs to Disneyland in Paris.Once again providing the questionable questions is Quizmaster Bro.Tony Carroll, and casting his expert and independant eye over the answers will be your scoremaster Bro.Charlie Casey. A light supper will be served and we will also be holding a raffle for the event, where all proceeds will go directly to.Please repost this event to your own page if you are local to the club, as the more participants attending the better.You do NOT have to be a member of the AOH to come attend this or any of our Quiz nights, you just need a sharp mind and be ready for a great nights craic in support of another worthy cause.In our grand motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.

    The President, Management committee and Division members
    AOH Division 284

Posted on behalf of : Public event · By Aoh Newry 


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