UNIONIST politicians have voiced their “disgust” after a ‘rebel song’ commemorating 10 brave Irish republicans who died in the 1981 Hunger Strike reached number 24 in the UK singles’ charts.
The Roll of Honour lyrics
Read the roll of honour of Ireland’s bravest men.We must be united in memory of the ten. England you’re a monster, don’t think you have won.We will never be defeated while Ireland has such sons. In those dreary H-Block cages, ten brave young Irishmen lay. Hungering for justice as their young lives ebbed away. For their rights as Irish soldiers and to free their native land. They stood beside their leader – the gallant Bobby Sands. Now they mourn Hughes in Bellaghy. Ray McCreesh in Armagh hills. In those narrow streets of Derry, they miss O’Hara still. They so proudly give their young lives to break Britannia’s hold. Their names will be remembered as history unfolds. Through the war-torn streets of Ulster the black flags did sadly sway. To salute ten Irish martyrs the bravest of the brave. Joe McDonnell, Martin Hudson, Kevin Lynch, Korean Doherty. They gave their lives for freedom with Thomas McElwee. Michael Define from Derry you were the last to die. With your nine brave companions with the martyred dead you lie. Your souls cry out: “Remember, our deaths were not in vain. Fight on and make our homeland a nation once again!”.
The Roll of Honour rocketed up the ‘hit list’ this week after Celtic supporters in Scotland launched a campaign to see it reach number one by Sunday by downloading via the internet. The move came after the Scottish authorities outlawed the singing of Irish ‘rebel songs’ at Scottish football grounds under the Offensive Behaviour At Football Act. The campaign is being organised by a Celtic supporters’ umbrella group, Fans Against Criminalisation (FAC), which has been given permission to release the song by folk band, The Irish Brigade. Originally penned in the 1980s, the song pays tribute to 10 IRA and INLA members who died during the 1981 Hunger Strike. The song’s lyrics include the line: “England you’re a monster, don’t think that you won, we will never be defeated while Ireland has such sons.” And in the final line calls on people to “fight on” for a free Ireland. A number of people have been convicted for singing the song at Scottish football grounds while several are currently awaiting trial.
Despite this, last April a Celtic fan was cleared of inciting public disorder by a Scottish court after he was detected singing the song at a football game in Dundee. Ulster Unionist Party justice spokesman Tom Elliot said the FAC campaign was an “absolute disgrace and I condemn their actions without reservation.” He also urged Celtic Football Club to take action. “This is not an issue that can be swept under the carpet. Stern action is required so that the club’s good name is not tarnished by assocation with people who would seek to glorify terrorism,” he said. Loyalist victims’ groups have also condemned the campaign. Rebel songs have been sung by a section of the Celtic support for many decades. Other songs with an Irish theme regularly heard at Celtic games include The Fields of Athenry and the ballad of Aidan McAnespie – a young GAA player shot dead by the British army near Aughnacloy in Co Tyrone in 1988. A spokesman for FAC defended the download campaign. “The campaign is not about encouraging people to sing the song, it’s about saying this song should not be a criminal offence to sing,” she said. “It’s not a criminal offence unless you are a football fan. “The Offensive Behaviour At Football Act is a bad law which attempts to restrict freedom of expression and that is wrong.” A sectarian song associated with Rangers supporters led to months of unrest and the creation of a new parades flashpoint in Belfast after it was played by a loyalist band outside St Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Belfast. The anti-Catholic lyrics of The Famine Song instruct the Irish community in Scotland to “go home”. Loyalist Billy Hutchinson called the campaign “insensitive and childish.” The Progressive Unionist Party leader said: “Many people will find this initiative callous and insentive, particularly those who have been victims of republican violence and terror. “There seems to be an increase in sectarianism associated with fans of Celtic FC and I think it is time the club acted to address this. “This really amounts to nothing more than a pathetic and childish act, and those responsible need to grow up.”
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News.
Seán Heuston Dublin 1916 Society
On behalf of the 1916 Societies I request your support for our campaign to hold an All Ireland Referendum on Irish Unity. The people of Scotland will exercise their right to national self-determination in a constitutional referendum in September 2014 and we believe the people of Ireland have the same right to determine their constitutional future without outside interference or impediment.
Irrespective of their personal and political positions on independence Scottish parliamentarians have acknowledged the right of the people of Scotland to decide. We ask you to support the campaign to for the Irish peoples rights in this regard to be respected.
The 1916 Societies are Ireland’s fastest growing political movement. We have established Societies throughout Ireland, Australia, United States as well as Scotland. The 1916 Societies are an independent Irish Political Movement that looks upon the ideals and principals set out in the 1916 Proclamation as our significant point of reference.
The proposed Six County border poll under Britain’s Northern Ireland Act 1998 permits the Secretary of State (an English politician devoid of a single vote in Ireland) to determine:
when and if a poll may be called,
the wording of the poll and,
who qualifies to vote.
We believe the core concept of Irish republicanism is that Irish constitutional authority derives from the Irish people and does not defer to laws or decrees emanating from London.
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising it is clear that Britain continues to refuse to recognise Ireland as one democratic unit and presumes that Westminster will define the parameters of Irish democracy.
Republicanism is a unifying concept based on interdependence as opposed to tribal commonality. The exceptional Republican leadership of 1916 knew that interdependence could only be nurtured within a national context and not a partitionist one. They were very specific about that in the Proclamation calling for a ‘National Government representative of the whole people of Ireland’ and declaring that the Republic must be,
‘…oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.’
A Six County poll legitimises the very mechanisms invented by Britain to harness these differences to British interests by endorsing the Unionist veto and accepting the artificial statelet that incubates and nurtures the sectarian dynamic in Irish politics.
The 1916 Proclamation for too long has been relegated to the status of a notional aspiration. The 1916 Societies wish to be part of a broad movement which reinstates the Proclamation of the Republic to its rightful place and its original intent as a template for action. In that spirit we respectfully request your endorsement of an All Ireland Referendum on Irish Unity. One Ireland – One Vote.
Is mise le meas,
- IRA manifesto in response to the Free State declaring itself a Republic in 1949 (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Liam Mellows words in 1921 might as well have been written today !!! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Resist British Rule in Ireland – Freedom Struggle in Ireland (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Protestants and Catholics UNITED will never be Defeated (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Republican Sinn Féin launches 1916-Centenary Website (rsfnational.wordpress.com)
From the perspective of an Ex-member of the Orange Order !
When Richard Harass arrives…. he will need to realise that the only way to bring them to heel is to hit them where it hurts – in their pockets.
THOMAS Babington Macaulay was a 19th century English historian, politician and writer. In the 1840s he was MP for Edinburgh, in 1847, after he made a speech supporting an increase in the annual grant to Maynooth, the Tories whipped up Orangemen into a a campaign of sectarian hatred against him and he lost his seat.
The campaign degenerated into violence against Catholics fleeing the Famine to Scotland. The Tories washed their hands of it. Plus ca change. Mccaulay said: ” The natural consequences follow. All those fierce spirits, whom you hollowed on to harass us, now turn around and begin to worry you. The Orangeman raises his war-whoop…. But what did you exspect? Did you think, when, to serve your turn, you called the Devil up, that it was easy to lay him as to raise him? Did you think, when you went on flattering all the worse passions of those whom you knew you knew to be in the wrong, that the day of reckoning would never come?”
The day of reckoning has certainly come for the Orange Order. They have been exposed as never before after the inflammatory speeches of their leaders threatening days of demonstrations and “fighting the war on today’s battleground” blew up in their faces. They were isolated as the thugs their emotive language unleashed proceeded to wreak the gardens, walls and fences of neat houses on the Woodvale Road. To add to their disgrace semi-naked men and women full of cheap drink performed acts of debauchery in public. Men wearing Orange Order collarettes and uniformed bandsmen tried to kill police officers with swords, ball-bearings fired from hunting catapults and petrol bombs. Orange culture on full display for the world’s media. Like Mcaulay’s Tories the cowardly unionist politicians who only days before had signed an appeal calling for decisions of the Parades Commission to be obeyed ran for cover after immediately attacking any decision they didn’t like whether at Carrick Hill or Ardoyne. Besashed Nigel Dodds and his little Sir Echo, nodding dog McCauseland, tried on Friday morning to persuade the police to breach the ruling that only 100 blue-bag yahoos be permitted past Ardoyne. Rarther than starting the day with a riot the police agreed to the raucous jeers of said blue-bag brigade.
You’d think that even the ancient dopes who lead the Orange Order must realise the game is up. They don’t. When Richard Haass arrives to try to square the circle he will need to realise that the only way to bring them to heel is to hit them where it hurts – in their pockets. If you were to try to organise a public function in a park or square you would need to acquire public liability insurance. Every Orange march declared contentious should be required to lodge a bond of £10,000 and provide an insurance certificate for £10 million. The Orange Order should be required to pay for policing just as football clubs do. ACC Will Kerr has the cost of the weekend disturbances is already into “multiple millions”. We all have to pay for that in money diverted from schools, hospitals and roads. That’s outrageous. The people who cause the damage should be liable and that’s just the Orange Order. Just as the Football Association penalises clubs that transgress so the order should be made to fine lodges who hire paramilitaries masquearading as bands and who breach Parades Commission rulings. The executive will never agree to this. However, the Public Processions Act 1998 is Westminister can amend overnight. It’s long past time to stop concentrating efforts to regulate Orange marches on criminal sanctions for policing their routes and behaviour. The only way to proceed is to cripple the order financially if they refuse to behave decently and lawfully. Hurting the clubs was the way football thuggery was brought to heel. For a start there should be a review of conditions for all goverenment grants and certainly of any EU money promised to the Orange Order. They cannot continue to receive public money yet tell their members to disobey the law, encourage them onto the streets and then collect the next trance of cash after their antics have cost millions of pounds.
With many thanks to : Brian Feeny, The Irish News.
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- Shouldn’t the Orange Order now be outlawed. (politics.ie)
Culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin said she was “delighted work has begun on the important historical dig”
It was built by Sir James Hamilton of Greenlawe, Scotland. Documentary sources date its construction and occupation by the Hamilton family to 1622. Even before the pivotal 1607 ‘flight of the earls’, King James 1 granted the earldom of Abercorn to the Scottish Hamilton family. In 1606, James became the first real and his brothers Sir George and Sir Claus were granted lands in the barony of Strabane, Co Tyrone. It is there that the castle at Derrywonne was built. The present duke of Abercorn granted permission for the excavation on his estate. Lead archaeologist Nick Brannon beleives the castle began as a domestic, rather than defensive, building but under threat of attack, an additional tower with pistol loops was built on to protect it.
The ambitious three-year programme will see research excavations specifically targeting nearly 700 sites and monuments associated with Scottish Planters. It is founded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure on the recommendation of the ministerial advisory group for the Ulster Scots Academy, established in 2011 to advise on how best to promote research, knowledge and understanding of Ulster-Scots language, history and cultural traditions. Culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin said she was “delighted work has begun on this important historical dig”. “Evidence of a shared inheritance based on authentic research is an important element in building a united community for the future,” she said.
With many thanks to : Bimpe Archer, Irish News.
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- UUP founder of Ulster Scots agency Lord Laird resigns after lobbying scandal !!!! (politics.ie)
- Lost mediaeval city discovered (smh.com.au)
JAMIE GALLACHER. From Wishaw he’s a Sex Offender. Sending Young Bhoys Videos telling them what hed love them to Do to Him If any Ones In Doubt I have The Video Here To Prove It Please Share and Share Protect Our Fenian Familys. Sons From This Monster. Please Don’t Take this as a Rant Or a Foolish Prank folk That Truly No me. No the I Do Not Bullshit. Get Him Ta Fuck. TY All
- The Protected Predator Class (sgtreport.com)
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The Glasgow Defence Campaign is reproducing a statement from members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement (32CSM) based in Britain, The Gaughan/Stagg Cumann, following the mass detention of their members at English and Scottish ports on the evening of 27 and morning of 28 May 2012. The GDC sends it solidarity to the comrades and would like to state our opposition to this harassment, the ongoing abuse and imprisonment of Irish Republicans, such as Marian Price, and indeed the British Imperialist occupation of the North of Ireland itself.
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- George Jones hospitalized again; postpones shows (blogs.tennessean.com)
- Claymore Challenge Flying Bikes video (lostateminor.com)
- In transit… – Glasgow, United Kingdom (travelpod.com)
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Friday, 29 June 2012
18:30 until 00:30
Alloa Town Hall, Alloa, Clackmannanshire
The Rebel Shamrock Festival 2012Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones
CoatbridgeRFBFriday 29th June 2012
Alloa Town Hall, Alloa, Clackmannanshire
OVER 18s ONLY
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So there’s a Celtic bid to bring the 2020 European Championships to Ireland ( Republic of ), Scotland and Wales. Squinter has to say he’s all for it – but what about Our Wee Pravince? First its big cousin Scotland does the dirty and launches a bid to exit the UK, ignoring all the sword-dancing and Ulster-Scots pleas for friendship, and now this. Jings, crivvens, help m’boab!
Ah yes, says a correspondent on Twitter, but this has all only come about because Noel”n” Alan doesn’t have a single stadium that’s up to scratch. Squinter’s response to that is, yes, that’s very true – if it came to a choice today between playing a major international soccer match at Windsor or at Lenadoon pitches the West Belfast option would doubtless win out. But then Windsor’s being upgraded at a cost of £28m from a pit to a doss-house – by 2020 it will hold 20,000 Protestants instead of the current 12 ( no, not 12,000, 12 ).
Ulster probably didnt want to go to that particular party anyway, even if their big disloyal pal Scotland is dead keen. Last time the Celtic nations included Our Wee Pravince was in last year’s ill-fated Celtic Nations Cup and Ulster’s sole meaningful contribution was to send a crowd of drunkards down to Dublin to sing UDA songs and watch the Republic beat their boys 5-0. And that’s as un-Celtic as you can get.