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Oration Carnlough 17th August 2019

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Address given to the inaugural Carnlough commemoration on 17th August 2019, organised by the North Antrim Martyrs Republican flute band




I want to start by thanking the North Antrim Martyrs band for inviting me to speak here today; it is always a true honour to be given the opportunity to address fellow Republicans, genuine Republicans.

I also want to take this time to commend the North Antrim band and all the bands for the time and dedication they put into practicing and perfecting their art, this has made them all the fine musicians we have heard here today. There are many strands to the Republican family, we have political activists, volunteers, political prisoners and one of the most important throughout the years has been Republican bands, they are an integral component, they keep our morale up and our feet moving in even the most difficult of times. They are an example in discipline and it is through music that many young Irish people are first introduced to our Republican Martyred…

Oration delivered at Liam Lynch Commemoration, 21/07/2019

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It is an incredible honour to have been invited by the National Liam Lynch Commemoration Committee to speak before you today. In his resistance to British rule in Ireland, General Liam Lynch has left an important legacy for all the Irish people, a revolutionary career that displayed great dedication, idealism and heroism.

Republicans of every generation have paid tribute to him on this spot since the bitter Civil War, or rather, what I prefer to call the Counter-Revolution of 1922-23. It is right and fitting that we continue to pay tribute and honour a giant of the Republican movement such as Liam Lynch. 
In 1935, before a crowd of thousands, Lynch's former comrade, Maurice Twomey, unveiled the tower dedicated to Liam Lynch that we stand in the shadow of today.
Twomey had served alongside Lynch in the ranks of Óglaigh na hÉireann during the days of the Tan War and was later on his staff, during the Civil War.

By 1935, Twomey himself had risen to Chief-of-Staff of the IRA, and was t…

Former Prisoners and Republican activists under attack, it could be you next!

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Britain’s new counter-terrorism bill, which came into effect on 12th April 2019 is an outright attack on freedom of political expression and opinion. The new laws enacted should be of particular concern to political activists here in Ireland. Three of the key points are listed below:

“extends the ‘offence’ of inviting support for a proscribed organisation to cover expressions of support” 
This is open to blatant abuse, what constitutes expressions of support in the British Governments eyes can and will be legitimate political expression. In the last few years we have seen a number of political activists in Ireland be arrested for giving political speeches or conducting political interviews with media, they have subsequently been found to have no case to answer in court. This new law now makes it easier for the courts to convict such activists and was included no doubt due to the failure to previously convict Irish Republicans.


“It is an office to display in a public place an image wh…

Billy McKee - A life dedicated to Ireland (Pictures)

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The great Republican leader Billy McKee has sadly died today.

He lived a long life and was known and loved by many.

Do not be sad that Billy has died, he lived to the ripe old age of 97, be glad that he ever lived and has left for us a wonderful legacy that will continue to inspire Republicans for generations to come. 

There are many people, more qualified than me to write his history, I could not possibly do it justice, so please enjoy below a number of wonderful Photographs, provided by Jim McIlmurray (Lurgan)

Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis


















Easter Oration - Glasgow 27/04/2019

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Firstly, I want to say how honoured I am, to have been asked by the West of Scotland band alliance to address you, fellow Republicans, in Glasgow at this sacred time of year.

It is fantastic to attend this march and enjoy listening to the superb bands. The music never fails to give me goosebumps; there is nothing that quite compares to the proud feeling Republican bands can give you, as you march along to the beat of their drum. The time and effort you put into perfecting your talents have made you the first-rate musicians that we have all heard here today.

It is truly a privilege, to stand alongside Scottish Comrades and commemorate all those, who have died in service to the Irish Republic. The Scottish can take pride in the fact that far from being sympathetic supporters of the Irish cause, you have been active participants, Scottish men and women have fought, been incarcerated and died in the pursuit of an Irish Republic. You are not simply our Celtic cousins, you are our brothers,…

Easter Oration - Duleek 19/04/2019

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Like many Republicans in Ireland and across the globe, we gather here today to commemorate the many men and women who have gave their lives for Irish Freedom. We use the historic 1916 rising anniversary as a time for us to gather, however, we do not commemorate only those who fought and died in 1916, we pay tribute to all those who gave their lives in pursuit of the Irish Republic since the occupation of our land began to present day.

Easter is a very apt time for a rising to take place. For Christians, it symbolises a time of sacrifice and resurrection, and the rising symbolises the same for us. The rebels undoubtedly knew that they would be sacrificing their lives, sacrificing their very lives for their country and its people. With their sacrifice, the Republic was born and with it, hope resurrected for the Irish nation, which to this day cannot be and will not be quelled.

Easter rising commemorations up and down the country take many forms, some will have music while others will no…

Do not wait another 30 years to understand that British atrocities CAN and WILL happen again!

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Do not wait another 30 years to understand that British atrocities CAN and WILL happen again!




Over the last few weeks, I have immersed myself in watching some very informative documentaries. Netflix has played host to some that have thus far have failed to make it on to general television and where Netflix have failed documentary makers have given their own showings, such as Unquiet Graves which is currently on tour around the Country.

Watching Unquiet Graves in a packed room, in a hotel in the Moy Co. Tyrone, I saw first-hand the appetite out there from Irish People, who want to learn the truth of the brutalities of the British Occupation. You could not fail to be moved in watching this film; hearing accounts of cold-blooded murders committed by Loyalists in collusion with the state leaves you not only sad but also very angry.

The Miami Showband documentary, which has aired in recent days on Netflix, also leaves you with a wave of anger tinged with sadness. The ruthless murder of popula…