Monday, 9 May 2016
Section of colour party & crowd marching from Garden of Remembrance, April 23rd, 2016. Republican SINN FÉIN Poblachtach hosted their hundredth anniversary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising on April 23rd, 2016. An estimated minimum of two thousand people assembled at the GPO following the march to that center of the Rising in 1916. Organisations in attendance including the two Sinn Féin Colour Parties were Na Fianna Éireann and Cumann na mBan led by a Piper and the Coatsbridge United Irishmen RFB. The event was chaired by An Chomhairleoir Tomas O Curraoin. The Proclamation was read by a member of the Colour Party. The Roll of Honour was read by Colette Healy and Alan Byrne. Wreaths was laid on behalf of the Leadership of the Republican Movement by John Hunt, a Veteran of the Republican cause of Limerick and Chicago. John also delivered some inspiring words to those gathered at the GPO. The main orations were delivered by Ard Chomhairle member John Joe McCusker and Uachtaran Des Dalton. A full report will be in a special 1916 edition of SAOIRSE: Irish Freedom published in May.
CORRECTION: In this months issue of SAOIRSE on page 5 it states that the unveiling of the Republican Garden in Lurgan is Sunday May 28, the 28 is Saturday and the Garden will be unveiled Saturday May 28, 2016. DETAILS OF UPCOMING PROVINCIAL COMMEMORATION AND REPUBLICAN GARDEN UNVEILING IN ULSTER. Provincial Easter Commemoration; Saturday, May 28, 2016 Belfast, Assemble: 12noon at Roundabout, Falls Rd/Whiterock Rd Republican Garden Unveiling; Saturday, May 28, Kilwilkie Estate. 3:30pm. In honor of 1916 Vol. Edward Costello.
Preas Ráitheas / Press Release We are producing a 24-page Special Edition of our monthly SAOIRSE – The Voice of the Republican Movement. This edition will include a full coverage of all Easter Rising Commemorations, speeches by Veteran Republican John Hunt, John-Joe McCusker, National PRO Seán Ó Dubhláin, updates on the situation in Maghaberry jail, history, and many more. Out in early May! Críoch/ENDS
Friday, 25 March 2016
On the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising we send revolutionary greetings to all who are gathered at the graves and monuments to our patriot dead both in Ireland and around the world. The 1916 Rising reignited the flame of Irish nationality and gave hope and inspiration to all who were seeking to break free from the yoke of colonialism internationally. The centenary of the 1916 Rising will see Irish people travel from all over the world to mark this historic date in Irish history. We urge people not to be distracted from the essential message of 1916 as set out in the 1916 Proclamation. The 26-County State is engaged in an attempt to dilute the meaning of 1916 by equating it with the imperialist First World War. Their intention is to deny the revolutionary nature of the Rising and to divert attention away from the fact that the partitioned Ireland of today falls far short of the All-Ireland Republic proclaimed at Easter 1916. In a cynical move designed to disguise this fact the 26-County State has presented a national flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation to schools throughout the 26 Counties. Compounding the cynicism and hypocrisy that is entailed in this move, is the exclusion of schools within the Six Counties, therefore denying the school children of the Six Counties and the wider nationalist community their place within the historic Irish nation. This new-found interest in promoting 1916 within the schools of the 26-County State will not undo the decades-long policy of the 26-County Department of Education of teaching a revisionist and West British version of Irish history to Irish school children. Irish Republicans have commemorated each anniversary of 1916 without fail, not merely the significant anniversaries. In the past Irish Republicans have been prosecuted by both partition states for commemorating 1916 and today Republicans still face prosecution for distributing Easter Lilies. We are proud of our patriot dead and the sacrifices they made so that the Irish Nation might live. For Republicans 1916 remains unfinished business until the last vestiges of British Rule have been removed and the historic Irish Nation is restored to its rightful place among the nations of the earth. We pledge our resolve to continue the struggle against British Rule. The Volunteers of the Continuity Irish Republican Army will continue to strike at will at the British forces of occupation. That is the most fitting tribute we can make to the men and women of 1916. The Republican Movement also pledges its commitment to undoing not only the political conquest of Ireland but also the cultural conquest. In the words of Pádraig Mac Piarais: ‘Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam. A country without a language is a country without a soul.’ We take this opportunity to extend greetings to the Republican prisoners in Maghaberry Prison. These men are today denied their liberty because of their adherence to the ideals of 1916 and their refusal to accept British rule in any part of our country. The Republican Movement notes and monitors the ongoing activities of those who have tried to sully and defame the good name of Republican Sinn Féin and the Republican Movement. These people are criminals who attempt to hide their criminal actions under the guise of political ideology. They must be recognised for the criminal enterprise that they are and rejected as such. Furthermore we point out that all those who interact with criminal gangs in any manner, using the name of Irish Republicanism, are by their actions undermining the cause of a free Ireland. We call on them to immediately cease their use of the historic and noble name of Irish Republicanism as a cloak for their criminal activities. The political and economic liberation of the Irish people can never be delivered by participating in either Stormont or Leinster House. There are no short cuts to the full freedom of Ireland. Our goal can only be achieved by adherence to fundamental principle and wholehearted commitment. One hundred years after the heroic 1916 Rising the continuity of Irish Republicanism remains unbroken. We pledge our allegiance to the All-Ireland Republic proclaimed in Easter Week 1916 and vow never to desist in our efforts until it has been restored to its rightful place and the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland has been vindicated before the world. An Phoblacht Abú! — Issued