A SCOTTISH judge has ruled it is within the law to sing pro-IRA songs at soccer matches. Dozens of fans were seen chanting The Roll of Honour,a pro-IRA song commemorating the 1981 hunger sstrikers, during a Celtic match.


Club supporter Calum Graham (21) was brought before the court for singing the song but was cleared of behaving in an offence manner likely to incite public disorder. The Inverness Sheriff Court Judge said it was not enough for a chant to be offensive, it also had to be “likely to incite public disorder”. Sheriff MargaretNelson said : “Parliament clearly has it in mind that you must pass this hurdle for it to be an offence.” Mr Graham was identified on video by police singing The Roll of Honour during the match, which was attended by up to 6,000 fans, against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the city on August 25 last year. The football fan, from Glasgow, admitted he was one of a group singing it but denied behaving in an offensive manner likely to cause public disorder.

With many thanks to : Brendan HughesIrish News


Fight for the life of Mahmoud Sarsak [2]

    • Today
    • 15:00 until 17:00
  • As the world watches millionaire footballers compete for the European Championship trophy, Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak is close to death as he enters his 85th day of hunger strike, the longest in history.Sarsak, a 25-year-old footballer and student from Gaza, was arrested three years ago as he was trying to meet up with the national team in the West Bank, and has been detained indefinitely without charge or trial ever since.Come and protest against this blatant abuse of human rights on Monday 11th June at 3pm outside the Department of Media, Culture and Sport in a coordinated action with the We Are All Hana Shalabi Network from Scotland who will be protesting outside the British Consulatein Jerusalem.Bring footballs, football shirts and banners for a fun media-friendly kickabout outside the DMCS to raise awareness of Sarsak and the thousands of Palestinian prisonersbeing held under administrative detention and illegal combatant lawsPlease note:
    This facebook was created because Facebook blocked all new activity on our original facebook event for this protest.
    Clearly it was too effective in gaining rapid growing support, so presumably the Zionist trolls made false allegations and facebook just blocked it without any notification or investigation. Please follow details and updates also through emails, twitter and phones.
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POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Public event · By Yael KahnMalaka Mohammed and Joel Sharples

Boxer Katie Taylor wins in China to be Champion of the World !

Katie Taylor , Ireland, at the end of her bout

BOXER Katie Taylor was on top of the world inChina today when she became the World Lightweight Women’s Champion for the fourth year in a row.

The Bray boxer beat Russian southpaw Sofya Ochigava in four rounds to claim the unprecedented achievement.

The win buys her into the quarter finals of the Olympic Games – a fact she was unaware of until after the fight.

In a nerve racking final Taylor beat tough opposition from the Russian to become the best in the world – just two days after she secured her place in the Irish team for Olympics 2012 in London this summer.

Afterwards a delighted Katie Taylor admitted: “It was a tricky fight. it was just a game of patience and nerves in the end. Thank God for the victory. I’m delighted.”

Taylor who was even at four points each with her opponent after round two, told RTE: “In those kind of fights you don’t know what is going to happen. One or two points makes the difference you have to have so much concentration and discipline. These kind of fights prove how great women’s boxing is.”

Taylor, who arrives back at Dublin Airport at 5.35pm tomorrow, said she can’t wait to get home to see her new niece who was born while she was away.

Her dad and coach Pete Taylor said before the fight that he believed it would be a 50/50 affair.

Taylor watched his daughter win the title for the fourth time after advancing with a 16-6 semi-final decision over Mavzuna Chorieva of Tajikistan in QinhuangdaoChina yesterday.

Taylor (25), who was seven points up going into the fourth and final round, forced the Tajik champion, a 2010 Asian Championships gold medalist, into a standing count in the last frame.

Katie Taylor , Ireland, left, exchanges punches with Mavzuna Chorieva, Tajikistan

The Bray woman, rarely moving out of second gear, dominated yesterday’s four-rounder and repeatedly found the target with basic, but very effective, right-jab, left-hook combinations.

She met her opponent shortly after 8.30am this morning in a repeat of the 2011 European final in Rotterdam which Taylor won 10-5 to secure her fifth European gold medal on the trot.

Ochigava (24) claimed AIBA World titles at 52kg and 54kg in 2005 and 2006 before moving up to the lightweight (60kg) Olympic category.

The Odintsovo-native set up today’s rematch with Taylor after racking up an 18-10 win over England’s Natasha Jonas in the other semi-final.


The Independent


Celtic Family’s support for Stiliyan Petrov

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Celtic Family’s support for Stiliyan Petrov

NEIL Lennon has spoken for the entire Celtic family in describing his absolute devastation regarding the terrible news that Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

The Celtic manager is a friend and former team-mate of the Bulgarian midfielder, as is Alan Thompson and Johan Mjallby. And they, like everyone else, have been left stunned by the news of Petrov’s illness.
Neil Lennon said: “We are all absolutely devastated to hear this news. As a member of the Celtic family, it is important for Stiliyan to know that he has our unequivocal support in battling against this disease.  

“Knowing Stiliyan as I do, and the many obstacles he has overcome in his life to get to the peak of his career, he will overcome this one too.

“On behalf of the players and the backroom staff we send our support and best wishes to Stiliyan, Paulina and the family. We are there for them all and they will never walk alone.”

Aston Villa today released a statement confirming that the 32-year-old midfielder, who is their club captain, has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

The statement said: “The Villa Board received news today that our long-standing captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. Stiliyan developed a fever following the Arsenal game last Saturday and subsequently underwent tests conducted by Dr Ian McGuinness.

“Haematology experts confirmed the diagnosis today. We expect to learn more about Stiliyan´s situation in due course and we have moved quickly to support him and his family.

“During this time we ask that Stiliyan´s privacy is placed ahead of all inquiries and trust that we will share information as we receive it. Stiliyan is cherished by many and he will get from Villa every ounce of love and support that we have to help bring this to a positive conclusion.”

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “This is terrible news and our support and prayers go to Stiliyan, Paulina and their family at this very difficult time.

“Stiliyan was an exceptional player for Celtic and helped to bring incredible success here during the seven years he spent at the club.

“He was also one of the most popular players here, not only within the club but with all our supporters and I know that they, too will want to pass on their support and best wishes to Stiliyan and his family.”



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"Disband the RUC" (Sinn Fein, 1995),...

THE Assistant Chief Constable who heads up the RUC Athletic Association is facing calls to step down from his job as chairman of the organisation.It comes after his controversial proposal to change the name of the association was dropped yesterday at an extraordinary general meeting of the RUC AA headquarters at the Newforge Country Club.

Ogra Shinn Fein sticker regarding the RUC

ACC Will Kerr – the current chairman of the sports club – has come under fire during the last two weeks after he wrote a letter to members proposing the organisation change it’s name to the Police Athletic Associstion Northern Ireland. Since then he has been accused of trying to ” airbrush ” the RUC out of Policing and Northern Ireland history. He provoked a furious backlash from former RUC officers. The criticism of the proposal went to the highest levels, with First Minister Peter Robinson speaking out earlier this week to reject ACC Kerr’s claims that future government funding was dependent on the dropping of the RUC title.

Charity Boxing Nite in Aid of Seán Mac Diaramada Society, Ardoyne

Charity Boxing Nite in Aid of Seán Mac Diaramada Society, Ardoyne

Friday, 30 March 2012
    20:00 until 23:00
    Shamrock Sports and Social Club, Ardoyne Avenue
  •   Great night of boxing and entertainment, in aid of the Seán Mac Diarmada 1916 Republican Society, Ardoyne. Amazing prizes on offer, with the cream of local boxing talent facing off against each other, plus guest appearances form boxers from around the country, plus disco. Everyone welcome, support your local 1916 Society. Go raibh mhaith agaibh

POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Public event · By Dee Fennell

Durkan disappointed by Brandywell violence – The New UK City OF CULTURE !

Derry’s MP has spoken of his disappointment after violence marred last night’s Derry City v Linfield Setanta Cup clash.

Mark Durkan says there is no place in sport for violence.

His comments come after trouble broke out after Derry’s victory over Linfield.

Eyewitnesses say Linfield fans smashed windows of houses close to the Brandywell while there are also reports of buses being attacked as they left the ground.

“This is all very disappointing. It was great night of football and a great result for Derry City,” Mr Durkan says.

“I am sure the behaviour of these individuals does not reflect the vast majority of Linfield fans.

“I have heard Linfield fans were also attacked. Either way, there is no place for this sort of behaviour in sport.”

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney who attended the match said “The violent scenes witnessed following the Derry City and Linfield match around the Brandywell Stadium have no place in sport and certainly is something that no one wants to see happen again .

“A number of Linfield supporters attacked homes in Southend Park and Brandywell Court , attacked a Derry City official, hurled sectarian abuse at stewards and residents and overturned over security screening. Residents living in the surrounding streets were very worried that this could have spiralled out of control right on their doorstep.

“I would like to commend club stewards and community representatives who worked very hard on the ground to defuse the situation as speedily as possible.

“It has been reported that supporters buses leaving the city were attacked by a small number of children ,that equally is wrong and shouldn’t have taken place.

“What happened on Tuesday night should not be allowed to undermine the excellent work that goes on by everyone involved at Derry City Football Club on a daily basis .”

Police say they are carrying out follow up enquiries in relation to the public disorder.




Monday, 13 February 2012 at 16:00 until Monday, 30 April 2012 at 19:00

POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Public event · By John Docherty.



Could as many people please share these details, thank you.
Public Meeting Update re the ongoing incarceration and torture of Marian Price This event will now take place in The Conway Education Centre, Conway Mill 5/7 Conway Street Falls Road Belfsat BT13 2DE.

Belfast GAA club backtrack on agreement to host Justice for Marian campiagn meeting. The meeting scheduled to be held in St Pauls GAC Shaws Road Belfast to highlight the ongoing incarceration and torture of Marian Price will now take place in the Conway Mill. The change of venue is due to St Paul‘s GAC refusing to up…hold an agreement that was made weeks ago that they would host the meeting. As a result of this agreement thousands of leaflets and hundreds of posters advertising the event were printed and distributed . I received an email on Monday 27th Feb stating the booking was cancelled as a result of an internal failure to follow procedure. When this was queried I was then told that the Committee would review their decision. I explained the urgency of Marian Price’s situation and that a mass of advertising had already taken place but to be blunt my words had little meaning. I called to the club in person with family members of Marian Price urging the committee to make the right decision, we were told we would have a decision after the meeting. I received a negative response the following morning and at this stage was given two new excuses as to why the meeting should not take place. I was told the club had taken advice from the County Antrim Board and were advised they would be in breach of GAA rule 5.1 and that they also would not be covered by their public liability insurance. After the meeting I checked with a professional independent loss adjuster and he stated that considering the facility has a bar and hosts discos etc. it would be incredulous that their public liability insurance would not cover this meeting. When I sought clarification of rule 5.1 I was told it stated that the club could only be used for GAA purposes. To satisfy my own curiosity I decided to check rule 5.1 of the GAA Rules & Regulations document. It states ‘All property including grounds, Club Houses, Halls, Dressing Rooms and Handball Alleys owned or controlled by units of the Association shall be used only for the purpose of or in connection with the playing of the Games controlled by the Association, and for such other purposes not in conflict with the Aims and Objects of the Association.’ Now the question has to be asked is that if St Paul’s are content to cite section 5.1 of the 2011 GAA rules and regulations, then the GAA as an organisation must be in breach of their own rules as GAA facilities such as Croke park hosts rock concerts and other events that having no connection to the GAA. Whilst sifting through the rule book the it would seem that St Paul’s committee or County Antrim board overlooked rule 1.4. Rule 1.4 states ‘It shall foster an awareness and love of the national ideals in the people of Ireland, and assist in promoting a community spirit through its clubs.’ Yet here we have a club who have failed to honour an agreement to allow a meeting hosted by human rights activists to highlight the internment and torture of one of their community members. I have no doubt the founder members of the GAA were turning in their graves, over the years many GAA activists have been subjected to internment without trial themselves. The GAA has welcomed the British Monarch to Croke Park, has abolished rule 21 and despite rule 5.1 has allowed ‘foreign’ sports to be played in GAA facilities but when it comes to assisting the community will pull the rule book out and use it to assist what many suspect is a political decision. It can not be stated enough that these are not baseless accusations and the correspondence between the organisers of this meeting and St Paul’s Board can be made available for scrutiny. We would call on GAA activists who support human rights and are opposed to the internment without trial of any Irish Citizen to raise this issue as a matter of urgency with anyone with influence within the Gaelic Athletic Association.

POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Pauline Mellon

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