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"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)



IRISH BLOG AWARDS 2017 - we made it to the finalists page last year but never got to the stage :- ( 'cause not enough of ye feckers out there voted for us! So we're gonna give ya a second chance - the blog awards this year will be held on Thursday, October 5th (2017) in The Academy, Middle Abbey Street, in Dublin city centre, and we would appreciate if you could keep an eye here and give us a vote when ya can. Or else we'll get our 'Junior' to put up a pay wall and then ye will be sorry...!


Saturday, June 14, 2003

....on a recruitment visit to Limberg POW camp in Germany in 1915 , Roger Casement rejected the application from Waterford man , Harry Timothy Quinlisk who , as a captured member of the British Army, was being held in the camp as a prisoner ; Casement did not trust Quinlisk, describing him as "a rogue" ......

In November 1918 , Harry Timothy Quinlisk was released and returned to Ireland , and began mixing in Irish Republican circles . The Tan War started in January 1919 and Michael Collins found himself with a price of £10,000 on his head - the British would pay that amount of money to the person who gave them information leading to the capture of Collins ,the then IRA's Director of Intelligence . Quinlisk decided that the money was his ....

Harry Timothy Quinlisk used the fact that he was a 'known face' with Irish Republicans to seek a meeting with Michael Collins , which was eventually arranged : he offered his services to Collins as a training officer for the IRA but, wary of his eagerness and his repeated persistance, Collins turned him down. Quinlisk then contacted the British Under-Secretary for Ireland and asked for a meeting with him , claiming that he had information on Collins and the IRA....... (MORE LATER)>



" I fought a monster today and once more I defeated the monster's army. Although I did not escape , I survived to fight another day . It was hard : harder today than ever before , and it gets worse every day. You see I am trapped and all I can do is resist. I know some day I will defeat this monster , but I weary at times. I think and feel that it may kill me first .

The monster is shrewd . It plays with me, it humiliates me, and tortures me . I'm like a mouse in comparison to this giant , but when I repel the torture it inflicts upon me I feel ten feet tall for I know I am right. I know that I am what I am , no matter what may be inflicted upon me , and it will never change that fact " .

----- Bobby Sands , article entitled "I fought a monster today" , first published 7th October , 1978. (MORE LATER)>


OLD HANDS AT 'DIRTY TRICKS' ......

.... as any country that has been blighted by the Brits will confirm !
And they have done it in their own country too :

On 23rd May , 1945, SS Chief Heinrich Himmler "committed suicide" in British custody , according to the British themselves .

But they never said why they carried out two post-mortems on the body (1945 and 1946) , and won't explain why Himmler's file in the British Public Record Office is sealed until the year 2045 !
Himmler's identity card was in the name of Heinrick Hitzinger. No fingerprints or dental records were taken from the corpse because the British buried him with such haste ....

Himmler was born in October, 1900 - at 103 years of age , is it possible he is still in a 'safe house' in Britain , perhaps working as a toy-boy in Buck palace ..... ?

Friday, June 13, 2003

During the 'Tan War' , British Intelligence Officers , spies and other agents were executed by the IRA , as were almost sixty informers .....

A Waterford man , Harry Timothy Quinlisk , joined the British Army in August 1914, rose to the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant and fought in France with the 'Royal Irish Regiment' . He was captured that same year by the Germans and imprisoned in a camp in Limberg . In January 1915, Roger Casement visited the same camp in an attempt to recruit an Irish Brigade to fight against the British in Ireland ; Quinlisk put his name on the list but was rejected by Casement, who described him as " a rogue " ..... (MORE LATER)>


"..... they all glare at me , and then begin to shout at me : " I am a Sir" , " I am a Sir " , "You will conform" , "Conform" , "Conform" . They all grab me and start to beat and kick me while screaming : " You will conform " , " You will conform in H-Block 5 " . I awake , shouting and rolling on a filthy mattress on the floor . " Where am I ? ". "Are you alright?" , asks my cell-mate . "Where am I?" . " You are in your cell , you must've been having a nightmare," he says .

Our cell door opens and a black uniformed figure stands there , " Food", he says . "What was that, Mister?" I ask . "You call me Sir. You're in the H-Blocks now! You're in H-Block 5. Don't forget it, 1066 !" .

----- Bobby Sands , article entitled ' I am Sir, you are 1066' - first published 1st July, 1978.


Is 'Freddie' Scapatticci 'Stakeknife' ?
Is 'Stakeknife' a scapegoat ... ? A question asked , but, in all the 'answers' ...
...no-one asked about...
...the word 'scapegoat' :

The term is believed to have been coined by a famous translator of the Bible, named William Tyndale ; in LEVITICUS 16, there is a reference to two goats, one of which has the sins of the people symbolically laid upon it and is then allowed to escape into the wilderness . Tyndale called this goat the "scapegoat" , from 'escape' and 'goat' . LEVITICUS forms part of the Pentateuch, which Tyndale finished translating in 1530 ; he became a 'scapegoat' himself in the so-called ' Heresy Trials' which were raging at the time - in 1535, he was arrested for heresy and, in 1536, he was strangled and burnt at the stake !

(That's burnt AT the stake, not BY ..... oh forget it ...).

Thursday, June 12, 2003

.....because of the circumstances of his birth , John Kells Ingram (author of the Irish ballad ' The Memory Of The Dead') felt that he could not publicly voice support for those trying to break the connection with England ....

T.F.O'Sullivan , an authority on Irish ballads and poetry of that period, wrote that, when published ,'The Memory Of The Dead' -
" Immediately attracted widespread attention , and there was a good deal of speculation as to the author . It was generally felt that a great lyric worthy of a great theme had been written " .

Ingram's ballad was translated into Latin by Robert Yelverton Tyrrell in 1870 and into Irish by Douglas Hyde in 1896 . John Kells Ingram died on 1st May , 1907 , at 84 years of age ; he went to his grave proud of his ballad 'The Memory Of The Dead' , which he wrote to perpetuate the memory of the men and women who , in 1798, fought and died for their country .


"..... several naked figures appear at the windows. The building is thirty yards away . I can see that all the figures are bearded , they all seem to be fairly young , but all their faces are pale and haggard . They are young men , but have old men's faces . Am I gazing at death ? These figures keep staring out at nothing , or pacing to and fro . Footsteps again !
I turn, apprehension again gripping me, to await my door being opened again . My new-found curiosity having diminished , I fall deeper into the depths of depression and despair .The thought of what lies on the other side of that door tortures me . The door swings open , and several black uniformed figures stand there , surrounding a very small , fat , evil-looking person who evidently is their leader .
They all glare at me , and then begin to shout at me : ...... (MORE LATER)<


THE SPINNING SUN.....

In April 2002, 'The Sun' 'paper carried a Page One headline - ' MARRY ! TIME FOR CHARLES TO WED CAMILLA ' , adding "Charles and Camilla are a perfect match.So why does'nt Charles marry her ? Marry her , Charles, the people would warm to you if you did so " .

Two telephone numbers , a 'YES, MARRY' and 'NO,DON'T MARRY' were published, and 'SUN' readers were asked to vote on the ssue . The next day , the 'paper published the results - 59,852 readers in total voted , of which only 16,934 voted 'YES,MARRY' .

However ,the 'SUN' put a spin on the result to suit its own agenda : it stated - "POLL BOOST FOR CAMILLA ; public opposition is falling, a SUN poll reveals today.The number backing a wedding is up fifty per-cent on six years ago " !!

...SUPER SOARAWAY FACTS AND FIGURES.....

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

.....John Kells Ingram , author of the ballad "Who Fears To Speak Of '98 " , was not a supporter of the Irish Republican struggle....

He was a student , in Trinity, of political economy and sociology and those in the College with him often discussed the effects of the 1798 Rising ; it is believed that John Kells Ingram wrote the song 'The Memory of The Dead' in one night in March 1843 , following a long discussion with fellow students about the Rising . He then , anonymously, dropped it in the letter-box of 'The Nation' newspaper , which published it on 1st April , 1843.

Although Irish-born , Ingram considered himself a Unionist but was drawn to the scholarly and impassioned reasoning of Thomas Davis and his colleagues in their quest to end what he himself also considered to be British mis-rule in his native land.He was not anti-Irish , as others in his circle were , and was not a staunch supporter of English rule in Ireland ;however , because of his circumstances, he felt he could not articulate publicly his position .... (MORE LATER)>


" A breeze: I feel a breeze coming from the wall behind me . Feeling about , I touch a piece of cloth . I tug it and it falls . A light of great intensity hits my eyes , temporarily blinding me . My tomb becomes illuminated with light , revealing a window divided with concrete bars . Stepping closer , thousands of lights of every size and colour appear in my view . These lights are perched upon mountains of barbed wire that glitter and sparkle on the ink-black horizon .

Another step forward , and still looking straight ahead , a small building looms up in front of me , displaying a dozen or so windows all of which are brightly lit up . Several naked figures appear at the windows ..... "

----- Bobby Sands , 1st July , 1978 : more later ... >


OOOPS ! Did I say that .....

"Partition is unravelling before our eyes "
--- Provisional Sinn Fein Ard Comhairle member Ann Speed , speaking at that organisations 1995 Ard Fheis .(See 'AP/RN', 2nd March 1995 , page 5).

" He has engaged and listened " .
---- Gerry Adams describing Tony Blair ! (See 'AP/RN', 18th December , 1997, page 3).

" The whole thing is a con-job " .
---- Me , 1998 and now !

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

On 1st April , 1843, 'The Nation' newspaper (published by the 'Young Ireland' group) published a ballad entitled 'The Memory of The Dead' ; the song commemorated the 1798 Rising and is perhaps better known by its opening line - " Who fears to speak of '98 " ..... "
The author of the song wanted to remain anonymous and , in his own mind, had reason to......

John Kells Ingram had no sympathy for the Irish Republican cause - he was born the son of a Protestant clergyman , at Templecarne Rectory, near Pettigo in County Donegal , in July 1823. He was educated in Newry and later studied at Trinity College in Dublin and , although he admired the integrity of the Irish rebels and their cause, he was not a supporter . (MORE LATER)>


"It's watching me. Once more the door opens. The dim light gives off a little illumination , revealing the black uniformed figure at the doorway . "I am Sir", it says , "here is your food, 1066". A bowl is thrust into my hands as the door slams. Before the light dies I catch a glimpse of the floor. It is covered in filth and rubbish . There are several maggots clinging to my legs. The walls are covered with a mass of fat bloated flies. Once again I am terror-stricken . I pace the floor, aghast at my surroundings. The bowl in my hand is cold , it contains some sort of porridge or gruel . The smell from it revolts me. I set it down on the floor.

Pacing the floor in total darkness , I become engulfed with depression and despair . I wish I was dead . "But I am dead" , I say aloud. I can't even kill myself , I think " .

----' The Writings of Bobby Sands' , April 1981 - first published in 'Republican News', 1st July 1978 . (MORE LATER)>


On Thursday , 29th May last , the 'Adams Family' loudly protested that the British would not allow elections to be held to the British parliament at Stormont ; in 'AP/RN' on 9th September , 1999, page 10, Gerry Adams described the Stormont Treaty ('Good Friday Agreement') as "British Government policy" and said to Tony Blair's administration that "it must implement British Government policy " in Ireland.

A so-called Irish 'Republican' leader calling on the British to implement its policy in Ireland ?

..... I can't be the only one to be confused...

Monday, June 09, 2003

.....for six decades , Brian O'Higgins explained Irish Republicanism to generations of young people , and was hounded by the British and Free Staters for doing so .....

On 10th March , 1963 , at 80 years of age , Brian O'Higgins died in Dublin. Again, like so many men and women mentioned in these columns, he deserves to be remembered as much outside the Movement , as he is within it. People like that are the backbone of the Movement - their efforts and the sacrifices they make are second-nature to them ; they don't seek, or expect, financial gain ; they don't make plans to sit at the so-called 'top table' with the same people who have worked for years to 'tame' them .
Men and women like Brian O'Higgins are not for turning - the Brits and Free Staters are aware of that , label them as 'dissidents and terrorists', purchase half of them and turn them on the other half . And unfortunately, that 'divide and conquer' trick still 'fools' those that are willing to be fooled .....


".....maybe it's better they don't know. They won't break my spirit. I won't let them do that. They can do what they will with me , but I won't concede my spirit . Yes , that's it. Calm down , fight back, show them your spirit , settle down, and get ready for them... There's a bible in the corner- flick through it and stop thinking about it. Six hours ! Take heart ... The prophet Sirach : 'Blessed is he whose heart does not condemn him, and who does not give up hope' .
Remember that . Remember those words . I'm alright. I won't give up hope . No , I won't give up hope " .

-----'The Writings of Bobby Sands' , from an article entitled 'Alone and Condemned' , first published on 13th January , 1979 .


Democratic decisions by the Irish people were made in every general election from the introduction of the secret ballot in 1872 . In each election from then until 1918 , the wish of the Irish people to govern themselves was expressed through the ballot box . In eleven general elections in succession through almost half a century , Irish voters used the ballot to show their will . Sixty per-cent of those elected by the county and borough constituencies in Ireland in 1874 were Home Rulers .

As more people qualified to vote , this demand grew accordingly . Over eighty per-cent of Irish representatives from 1885 onwards were elected to win self-government for the Country . Britain failed to accept the ballot results and , in 1920, when Britain partioned Ireland, they again ignored the votes of the people whom they insisted in keeping under the Butchers Apron ('Union Jack'). Constituencies which in every election for years had voted for Irish self-government were kept within the Unionist state established at that time.
And now we have the stomach-turning sight of so-called 'Irish Republicans' protesting because the British will not hold elections to a British Parliament (Stormont) !

.....they would crawl over a spinning grave to get a British pension .....
Disgusting.

Sunday, June 08, 2003

.....during the round-up of Irish Republicans in May 1918 (the so-called 'German Plot' arrests) , Brian O'Higgins(36) was lifted and imprisoned in Birmingham, England - while in prison , he was elected to represent West Clare in the First Dail Eireann......

In the Spring of 1919 , Brian O'Higgins was released and went to West Clare, where he became a Justice in the Dail Courts . He took the Republican side in the Civil War , having opposed the Treaty, and was arrested in February 1923 - this time he ended up in the Curragh. On his release , he reported back to the Republican Movement and , in 1932, he published the first 'Wolfe Tone Annual ' , which he continued to produce until 1962.

With Joe Clarke's help, Brian O'Higgins published a newspaper, 'The Wolfe Tone Weekly' , which was first published in September 1937 but was quickly suppressed by the Fianna Fail administration. Brian O'Higgins published dozens of articles, books and pamphlets during the 1940's and 1950's on Irish history , songs and poems , under his own name and a pen-name, 'Brian na Bamban' ; for six decades, he explained Irish Republicanism to generations of young people, and was hounded by the British and Free Staters for doing so ..... (MORE LATER)>


"....I'm so scared , I can't even think right. I wish I was at home.I wonder what the family are doing now ? Sitting around the fire in a nice warm room having tea . Jesus , it's getting colder . My feet are blue. I wonder what they are thinking ? What would they think if they knew what is to happen to me ? It would only make it worse , they would suffer, they would worry so much, but maybe they have secretly been expecting this , and never said so. Maybe it's better they don't know ..... " .

---- Bobby Sands, first published on 13th January, 1979. (MORE LATER)>


In 1921 , British General Sir Hubert Gough stated-
" Law and order (in Ireland) have given place to a bloody and brutal anarchy in which the armed agents of the Crown violate every law in aimless and vindictive and insolent savagery . England has departed further from her own standards, and further from the standards even of any nation in the world , not excepting the Turk and Zulu, than has ever been known in history before " .

--- and that from a Brit 'insider' ! At least Gough spoke his mind- the shameless 21st Century-version would deny everything and then go running for his/her 'spin-doctor' and then their lawyer....
.....during the round-up of Irish Republicans in May 1918 (the so-called 'German Plot' arrests) , Brian O'Higgins(36) was lifted and imprisoned in Birmingham, England - while in prison , he was elected to represent West Clare in the First Dail Eireann......

In the Spring of 1919 , Brian O'Higgins was released and went to West Clare, where he became a Justice in the Dail Courts . He took the Republican side in the Civil War , having opposed the Treaty, and was arrested in February 1923 - this time he ended up in the Curragh. On his release , he reported back to the Republican Movement and , in 1932, he published the first 'Wolfe Tone Annual ' , which he continued to produce until 1962.

With Joe Clarke's help, Brian O'Higgins published a newspaper, 'The Wolfe Tone Weekly' , which was first published in September 1937 but was quickly suppressed by the Fianna Fail administration. Brian O'Higgins published dozens of articles, books and pamphlets during the 1940's and 1950's on Irish history , songs and poems , under his own name and a pen-name, 'Brian na Bamban' ; for six decades, he explained Irish Republicanism to generations of young people, and was hounded by the British and Free Staters for doing so ..... (MORE LATER)>


"....I'm so scared , I can't even think right. I wish I was at home.I wonder what the family are doing now ? Sitting around the fire in a nice warm room having tea . Jesus , it's getting colder . My feet are blue. I wonder what they are thinking ? What would they think if they knew what is to happen to me ? It would only make it worse , they would suffer, they would worry so much, but maybe they have secretly been expecting this , and never said so. Maybe it's better they don't know ..... " .

---- Bobby Sands, first published on 13th January, 1979. (MORE LATER)>


In 1921 , British General Sir Hubert Gough stated-
" Law and order (in Ireland) have given place to a bloody and brutal anarchy in which the armed agents of the Crown violate every law in aimless and vindictive and insolent savagery . England has departed further from her own standards, and further from the standards even of any nation in the world , not excepting the Turk and Zulu, than has ever been known in history before " .

--- and that from a Brit 'insider' ! At least Gough spoke his mind- the shameless 21st Century-version would deny everything and then go running for his/her 'spin-doctor' and then their lawyer....