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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Posted by Jim on January 12, 2018

Radio Free Eireann

January 13th Saturday 12:00 noon in New York and 5:00 pm in Ireland on WBAI 99.5 FM. WBAI also streams the show on the internet.

Martin Galvin will interview Belfast’s Relatives For Justice Leader Mark Thompson on events concerning the families of those killed by British troops and their supporters in Ireland.

Bloody Sunday March

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Bloody Sunday March
Best suits, coats , gloves and hats
The whole town had set off to mass
Laughing, joking, they’re once a week natter,
Discussing the things that really do matter
A shout from across “ye fur the march the day”
“For civil rights, sure ye couldn’t keep me away”
Dockers, window cleaners, butchers and, bakers…
Lawyers, doctors, and all the shirt makers
Schoolteachers, unemployed, even undertakers
Bankers, borrowers, and all the bookmakers
They came in their thousands on that January afternoon
They came with no notion of what was going to happen soon
Behind the scenes, paratroopers, waiting for the order
To get in there, to kill , maim, cause mayhem and disorder
Bogwogs, fenian thugs, slags,
Whores rearing scum
Names we were called
By Britain’s great sons.
This wasn’t just any day
They went for a cull
They left us in silence
Just a heart wrenching lull
They laughed back at barracks
Patting each others backs,
While mothers and fathers
Tried to trace their wanes tracks
They found them, dead and wounded
Sons daughters, husbands, a wife
Young Peggy, shot and wounded
Trying to save a boys life
Well Britain that day I cursed you
May you forever be damned
For that day you came
And sullied my land

Kings County Board of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

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REMINDER:

 

The Kings County Board of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. cordially invites you to join us on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at our 99th Annual St. Brigid Celebration to be held at Buckley’s Restaurant, located at 2926 Avenue S, Brooklyn, NY 11229. We will start our Celebration in Honor of our Patron Saint with Mass at 11:00 am followed by Brunch. Tickets for Brunch are $45.00 per person which includes food, coffee, tea, cake, soda and live music.

        In conjunction with our Brunch, we will be printing our Annual Souvenir Booklet. Mindful of your past generosity, we are asking once again for your support. PLEASE SEE THE ENCLOSED JOURNAL LETTER and return along with your ticket form attached. You may contact Mary Hogan (Booklet Chairperson) at 917 699-9290 or via email: LAOHBKLYN@AOL.COM

        St. Brigid is the Patron Saint of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians as well as the Patron Saint of Ireland. St. Brigid’s Feast Day is one of the LAOH national holidays which is celebrated by Hibernians across the country. St. Brigid is known throughout the world for her kindness and charity towards others; it is St. Brigid that we emulate when we practice our Motto: “FRIENDSHIP, UNITY AND CHRISTIAN CHARITY”.

        It is our tradition in Brooklyn that when we come together with our family and friends to celebrate St. Brigid, we also bestow the prestigious LAOH Kings County St. Brigid Award; this award honors one of our sisters who exemplifies our Motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity. We will also be recognizing our Kings County LAOH sisters who will be honored as Aides/Deputy Marshals at this year’s St. Patrick Day Parades. So please bring your family and friends and join us on this special day!  For ticket reservations to our Brunch, please contact Ms. Maureen Careccia, Chairperson at 646-303-9694 or via e-mail: sweetlady1957@hotmail.com .

 

All checks should be made payable to “Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians”

(please spell out our name, the bank will no longer cash checks made out to LAOH)

and mailed to:

Ms. Maureen Careccia, 2427 East 29th Street, Brooklyn, NY  11235

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

 

Seating is by reservation only and must be paid in full by January 10, 2018. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to sharing this special day with our friends and family!

A United Ireland within 5 years?

Posted by Jim on January 10, 2018

This article from the Huffington Post provides a reality check for the British Government and for the Unionists/Loyalists/Protestants of Northern Ireland. A United Ireland is not only right and proper but inevitable.

In the meantime, all concerned should concentrate on building up the Beloved Community in Northern Ireland. 

The term, “The Beloved Community” was first devised at the beginning of the 20TH Century by the important American philosopher-theologian Josiah Royce (1855–1916). But it was Blessed Martin Luther King, Jr. who made the term famous, investing it with a deeper and wider meaning.  The King Center explains:
‘For Dr. King, The Beloved Community was not a lofty utopian goal to be confused with the rapturous image of the Peaceable Kingdom, in which lions and lambs coexist in idyllic harmony. Rather, The Beloved Community was for him a realistic, achievable goal that could be attained by a critical mass of people committed to and trained in the philosophy and methods of nonviolence.
Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger, and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.’”  —Fr. Sean McManus  

A United Ireland Is Five Years Away. We Need To Start Planning For It Now

When we look back, it will be clear that 2017 was the moment everything changed

Kevin Meagher. Huffington Post. UK Edition.Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Something fundamental has changed in Northern Ireland this past year.

2017 will be seen as the point when the argument for the reunification of the island of Ireland – partitioned in 1921 as a fig-leaf to cover Britain’s withdrawal from much of the rest of its first colony – crystallized into a coherent, evidence-based proposition with clear and growing support.

Last March’s elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly saw Sinn Fein come within 1,100 votes from topping the poll. Just thirty odd thousand votes now separate parties committed to remaining in the UK from parties explicitly backing Irish unity. That’s the equivalent of three council wards.

Unionism no longer has the numbers to dominate proceedings and the growing probability is that Northern Ireland will actually cease to exist by the mid-2020s.

Especially as a wave of enthusiasm for Irish unity is building among the young. Last month, a Lucid Talkpoll asked a cross-section of 18-44 year olds whether they wanted to ‘leave’ and become part of a single Irish state or ‘remain’ in the UK. Fifty-six per cent wanted to live in a united Ireland and just 34 per cent opted for the status quo.

Clearly, Brexit has played a large part in bringing the debate into focus. After all, Theresa May conceded before Christmas that there must be no hard Border between Northern and southern Ireland and promised to avoid regulatory divergence between the two jurisdictions, however unworkable that sounds in practice.

But Brexit is merely an accelerant poured over the dry tinder of electoral, demographic, economic and constitutional changes that will deliver a united Ireland whether or not Britain self-ejects from the European Union.

As such, a crisis is looming in the next parliament. The question of Irish reunification will need to be resolved and British politicians need to remove their heads from the sand and start planning for this change in earnest.

The next scheduled assembly elections are due in 2022. By then, Sinn Fein will probably be the largest party and, if votes for Irish nationalist parties outweigh those for Unionists, it will be impossible to deny a referendum on the North’s constitutional status, as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement.

As soon as its clear nationalism has the votes, there will have to be a Border poll and a majority for Irish unity sees Northern Ireland ceasing to exist
This is all fairly predictable and the main British parties need to make an explicit manifesto commitment to hold a Border poll in the likelihood of this happening.

Long-term population changes make reunification inevitable in any event. Northern Ireland was created as a Protestant-Unionist fief in 1921[by the British “Government of Ireland Act,” 1920] and was governed like that for the first half century of its existence, with Catholic-Nationalists frozen out of every level of political and economic decision-making.

Now, Catholics outnumber Protestants among the under-35s and at every level of the education system – from nurseries to universities. Structurally, the game is up for Unionism. The future belongs to Nationalists. Unionists’ sheer lack of generosity towards them (evidenced in the currently row over the denial of an Irish language act) guarantees Unionism will never have much crossover appeal – and has left it too late to change tack.

And forget the DUP’s deal with the Tories – that’s little more than a discountable footnote in British political history. The Tories regard them as little more than useful idiots, easily bought off with a dollop of public money that, in all likelihood, was coming to Northern Ireland anyway.

The DUP’s Arlene Foster has proven to be comprehensively out of her depth as the de facto leader of political Unionism. Forced to account for her role in introducing the Renewable Heat Incentive Fiasco – the bungled commercial energy scheme which has wracked-up a £700million liability – she brought the DUP to near cataclysm. Her party has seen the future. But it isn’t Orange.

It is highly likely that the independent review into the fiasco, led by retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin, will park this mess squarely at her door and she will be gone for good in the next 12 months.

Across the Irish Sea, the likelihood of a second referendum on Scottish independence in the next few years remains very real. Having narrowly lost in 2014, nationalist demands for separation have been turbo-charged by the anger of pro-European Scots who resent being forced out of the EU by the English. Given the Scottish antecedents of many Ulster Protestants, the psychological blow of ‘losing’ their kith and kin would be catastrophic.

As if that wasn’t enough, it is entirely feasible to see Jeremy Corbyn – a long-term Irish republican sympathizer – emerging as Prime Minister if Theresa May’s shambolic government collapses before 2022 (a near racing certainty). In case Unionists hadn’t noticed, we are truly through the looking glass these days.

No wonder Gerry Adams feels it’s now safe to retire.

In contrast, Northern Ireland, as a concept, limps on to its centenary in 2021. There will be little to celebrate. We are now in injury time. As soon as its clear Nationalism has the votes, there will have to be a Border poll and a majority for Irish unity sees Northern Ireland ceasing to exist.

Is it really that simple?

Yes, aided, I would argue, by the sheer paucity of coherent arguments for retaining the Union. It could be suggested this has long been the case, but even the most objective analyst would now question how and why the place will, or should, endure. The argument for the constitutional status quo hangs by a gossamer thread.

Irish unity is now a medium term probability. Within five years, it will have gained unstoppable momentum. When we look back, it will be clear that 2017 was the moment everything changed.

Official Communication of the UFA

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 January 9th

WTC Retired Lieutenant Joseph Stach Ladder Company 6

WAKE Thursday, January 11th from 2-4pm & 7-9pm  St. Ann’s Church 16 Jefferson Street Nyack NY 10960   FUNERAL MASS Friday, January 12th at 11am (REVISED TIME) St. Ann’s Church 16 Jefferson Street Nyack NY 10960

All Off-Duty Members should attend in Class A Uniform.