Annual Easter Rising Commemoration – 12pm – Waverley Cemetery Bronte.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Ireland’s first hunger strike martyr Thomas Ashe.

Ashe from Lios Póil in the County Kerry Gaeltacht was a member of the Gaelic League, Irish Republican Brotherhood and GAA. He commanded the Fingal battalion of the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising.

On the 8th May 1916, Ashe and Eamon de Valera were court-martialed and sentenced to death. Both sentences were commuted to life, and Ashe was sent to a variety of English prisons. While in prison he wrote the poem “Let Me Carry Your Cross for Ireland, Lord”.

Thomas Ashe was released from jail in June 1917 under the general amnesty which was given to republican prisoners. Upon his release he returned to Ireland and began a series of speaking engagements. In August 1917, after a speech in Ballinalee, Longford, where Michael Collins had also been speaking, he was arrested and charged with “speeches calculated to cause disaffection”. He was sentenced to one year’s hard labour in Mountjoy Jail.

Ashe, along with Austin Stack, who was also in Mountjoy demanded to be treated as prisoners-of-war. Having been deprived of a bed, bedding and boots Ashe went on hunger strike on 20th September 1917. On 25th September 1917 he died from pneumonia, which was caused by force-feeding by the prison authorities. He was 32 years old.

From the smouldering embers of Easter Week 1916 the death on hunger strike of Ashe produced a flame. A flame which an empire failed to extinguish, which treachery could not subdue, which today burns its way through hypocrisy and coercion – a living flame.

With many thanks to: James Connolly.


Suil Charad – Irish Language exhibition recommences….


IRISH language exhibition Suil Charad, is back on the road after a Christmas break. The exhibition on Irish language publications from the past 200 years, has been put together by POBAL, will be out on the road again in January.

The exhibition and accompanying booklet document publications in Irish over more than 200 years, and a full, comprehensive schedule has been arranged for the exhibition this year, starting with an extended trip to Cookstown. On Monday 23rd January, Suil Charad will be in Cookstown Library. It will remain there until Monday 6th February, when it will move to the Burnavon Centre, also in the town. There will be an official launch in the library on Tuesday 24th January, at 11am.

Treasures of the Irish Language

Amongst those present will be Seamus Mac Giolla Phadraig, an Irish teacher and member of Comhaltas Uladh and the Rosgoill Gaeltacht, who will give a short talk on the language and publications. Bernie McCann Area Manger for Libraries NI, will officially welcome the exhibition to the library. ” We are very greatful again to Libraries NI for their continuing support in displaying the Suil Charad exhibition in libraries around the Six Counties,” said Janet Muller, Chief Executive of POBAL, ” This is an important piece of work, which documents the growth of the Irish speaking community in this part of the country for more than 200 years, and it is clear from the interest being shown in it that it is an extremely valuable asset to the community.”

Irish writing of 8th century

Also present will be Sean Clarke, chairperson of the local council; as well as pupils from Scoil Mhuire, the Irish language stream in Pomeroy. ” It’s great that these pupils are coming to see the exhibition,” said Seimi Mac Aindreasa, Development Officer with POBAL, and one of those who researched the exhibition and accompanying booklet.” This history and heritage belongs to them and their families, and it’s important that they should see that there was and is , a large, strong, Irish speaking community around them.” They can also look at the exhibition, read the booklet, and then answer some questions and play some games in the package we have compiled for the childern.” Suil Charad will move to the Burnavon Centre on 6th February, with support from Cookstown District Council.

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With Thanks to the Mid- Ulster Mail.

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Eire Nua Saol Nua

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To: Members in Eire Nua Saol Nua  

Eire Nua needed now more than ever.
:Eire Nua, d’Aois Nua

Republican Sinn Féin‘s proposal for a just settlement in Ireland is ÉIRE NUA (New Ireland) — A four province federal Ireland, with a self-governing parliament in each of the four provinces: the nine-county Ulster, Connacht, Munster and Leinster. Each of these parliaments would deal with the governing of their province as part of the objective of the creation of an Ireland of self-governing communities in which people will control their own affairs.

This involves the total re-structuring of local government in this island, not only in administration but also in the nature and functions of local authorities themselves. This re-structuring would be on four levels in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity of function:

VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY COUNCILS for every 1,500-6,000 people in urban and rural areas with the right of audience at all District Council meetings.
DISTRICT COUNCILS: This basic unit of statutory government would serve the needs of communities of 10,000-40,000 (depending on local variations) and would have charge of public services to individuals and families in the sphere of social welfare, education, labour guidance, trading and employment practics, housing, planning permission, agriculture and fishing, small industry development etc.
REGIONAL COUNCILS: These would concern themselves with (a) public services with a high technological content, eg hospitals, major roads, telcommunications and third level education; (b) collection of local revenue and (c) economic, physical and educational planning.
PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLIES: The provincial legislature would allocate funds to the Regional Councils and co-ordinate regional plans.
Each district would have a local government office where the citizens could conduct all their normal business — housing, agricultural, grants and information on the social services — all under one roof in a local town within an hour’s drive of each and every citizen. In this way the citizens, with proper training at school, could do all their own business rather than be “beholden” to politicians. Within a special Gaeltacht Region, there would be a local office (as above) in each Gaeltacht district.

There would be a National Parliament, which Republican Sinn Féin proposes placing in Athlone — the geographic centre of Ireland. The National Parliament would deal with Foreign Affairs and Defence.

The motive behind the Federal proposal is to be fair to all sections of the country. The Republican struggle is against the domination of Ireland by the British State. The people who are currently described as Unionist are a part of the Irish nation. Their concerns about domination by Dublin in a unitary State of all Ireland should be listened to, and are in fact shared by the so-called ‘peripheral’ regions in the 26-County area.

POSTED ON BEHALF OF RSF :  Posted By: Geraldine Mcnamara


Cruinniú na míosa / Monthly meeting

23 June · 18:00 – 21:00


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(English Languageversion below)Beidh Tionól Óige Bhéal Feirste ag taispeaint an clár faisneise úr atá déanta idir an tionól agus NVTV ar óg-dhífhostaíocht insa caifé úr atá ar bun i Fresh Claim Photography (BX), “Na Croisbhealaí”.

Beidh seans ann do bharúil a chuir iniúil dúinn faoin chéad clár eile agus do chlár fhéin a thrial mas maith leat. Beidh vóta ann sa cruinniú leis an chéad chlár eile a phiocú. Comh maith leis sin bei…dh muid ag cuardach smaointí fán chaifé agus imeachtaí ar mhaith le daoine.

Tá an t-imeacht seo sor in aisce ach bheodh muid buíoch as tabhartais.

The Belfast Youth Assembly will be showing the new documentary on youth unemployment which has been made by the assembly and NVTV in the new café situated in Fresh Claim Photography (BX), “Na CRoisbhealaí”.

Their will be an opportunity to give us your opinion on the next program and try your own idea if you like. There wil be a vote at the meeting in order to choose the next program. As well as that we wil be looking for thoughts on the new café and events you would like to see take place.

This event is free, although we would be grateful of any donations.See more

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