Tony Taylor on the ongoing situation in Maghaberry Prison

Today we carry a piece written by recently released Republican POW Tony Taylor about the ongoing situation in Maghaberry Prison.

maghaberryAt the outset I would like to take this occasion to articulate our gratefulness for all your past and continuing work to keep the ongoing attempts to criminalise Republican POWs in the public domain. As all of you are aware life within Maghaberry prison for our POWs are at an all-time low as a result of the systematic vindictive, malevolent penal measures of the prison administration and David Fords failures to live up to their pledges made in the August 12th Agreement 2010.

Republican prisoners continue to suffer habitual forced stripped searches [state rape] at the hands of up to 1/2 dozen of the prison riot team. They forcibly and excruciatingly take hold of both arms  and wrists extending them backwards and upwards while placing both in unbearable painful locks, at the same time others elatedly look on as the prisoners are then dropped to their knees whilst another member of the gang kneels in front of them and proceeds  to rip open the buttons of their jeans pulling them to the knees and proceeding to replicate this process with the prisoners’ under pants probing round this general area. Following this degrading and humiliating process the prisoners are thrown to the ground at which point their trousers and underpants, socks shoes are ripped from the body and individually searched while prisoners lay cold and violated.

prisonermuralAt all times throughout this process the two other screws continue to have both arms and wrists in the locks, as another thug [screw] has a hold of the head. Underpants and trousers are then replaced then prisoner’s tea-shirt thrown on their backs. Prior to leaving the room both screws that have a hold of arms and wrists, pull them backwards and upwards as far as they can go in the direction of the ceiling then dropping them suddenly with the intention of causing as much pain and discomfort as they conceivably can before withdrawing from the holding cell.

Although this is just an insight into what our prisoners have to tolerate on an almost daily basis, there remains an unrelenting, unyielding defiance that these policies of criminalisation and humiliation will by no means succeed, for as we know from Republican history [our jail struggles], neither prisoners, families, or the wider Republican communities will ever allow these British anachronistic policies of yesteryear to criminalise or break the spirit or moral of Republican POWs.

As we recognise these polices failed with the Blanket men, Hunger strikers and countless others down through the years, and I firmly believe with the calibre of Cogús prisoners on Roe 3 have the strength and support of families and wider Republican communities, making it inevitable that criminalisation will undoubtedly fail again as Cogús prisoners will accept nothing short of political status for Republican prisoners imprisoned as a consequence off the current political struggle in Ireland.

protestsI would as a final point like to use this occasion along with Republican POWs incarcerated inside Maghaberry prison to appeal to ex-Republican prisoners and everyone within the wider Republican family to come out along with RNU members and prisoners families to draw attention to, and support all Republicans in spite of your political allegiances, as this is purely a humanitarian issue within the prison to end the ill-treatment and attempted criminalisation of Republican political prisoners on Roe House and the subsequent criminalisation of their families.

Signed Tony Taylor ex Republican POW.

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The Heavenly Heights of Kildorrery

“The Heavenly Heights of Kildorrery”

"The Heights of Kildorrery" by Fenian Partick Denihan

“The Heavenly Heights of Kildorrery” by Fenian Partick Denihan

On the way out by Mitchelstown to find the Peter O’Neill Crowley Monument in Kilclooney Wood,  we came across this stone slab dedicated to the Fenian Patrick Denihan, who we must admit, we hadn’t heard of before! Kildorrery is a small parish about 10km west of Mitchelstown.

To view the Peter O’Neil Crowley Monument photos simply go to the Plaques and Monuments section and scroll down through the drop down section to find them.

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New magazine on the Irish Citizen Army!

“The Irish Citizen Army In Stoneybatter, Smithfield and the Markets”

The new Irish Citizen Army Magazine

The new Irish Citizen Army Magazine

A new magazine is available on the Irish Citizen Army, it has been produced by The Stoneybatter and Smithfield’s Peoples History Project in Dublin, a Local History project that has been going for two years, it organises historical walking tours, talks, and has already produced another magazine which commemorated the 1913 Church Street Tenement Collapse.

Their website can be found here and Facebook

Anyone in the Cork area that would like a copy get in touch send us an email at or send us a message on our Facebook page., and we will get it to you, it is only  €4 !

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“The Tower that Captain Mackey Sacked”

Then one of them stepped up to me and he asked me did I know
The Green hills of Tipperary or the Glen of Aherlow
Or could I tell where Crowley fell, his native land to free
Or the tower that Captain Mackey sacked, down Erin’s lovely Lee

Monning Tower which was attacked by Captain Mackey's Band of Fenians in December 1867

Monning Tower which was attacked by Captain Mackey’s Band of Fenians on December 27th 1867

In a recent excursion the Rebel History Group followed in the footsteps of the Bold Captain Mackey of the Fenian Brotherhood who in December 27th 1867 Captured and Sacked Monning Tower along the Train line between Fota island and Cobh.  It is recorded that Monning Tower is in fact the only Martello Tower to be attacked or see any action at all in Ireland.

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Cork Volunteers’ Pipe Band No. 2 in Series

“No.2 in Centenary Year Series of remembering our Band with pride”  By Jim Lane.



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Photos from Cork City Gaol

Below are some photos from what is also known locally as The Women’s Gaol

The castle like entrance to Cork City Gaol

The castle like entrance to Cork City Gaol

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Richard O’Meara , Interned by the Free State 1923

Following the end of the Irish Civil War Internment was used to break the remanants of the IRA, thousands were imprisoned  , and on the 9th of August 1923  Richard O’Meara from Cork found himself  ‘detained’ under Richard Mulchahy’s  ‘Public Safety (Emergency Powers) Act 1923′.

Unfortunetly not much is known at this time of Richard’s Activities in the Movement he may like his brother Bob, have been a member of the Cork Volunteers’ Pipe Band but we can’t confirm this.  Following his release he went to England, like many Republicans, unable to secure employment, he emigrated, sadly never to return.

Richard O'Meara

Richard O’Meara

Order by the Minster for defence whereas O’Meara Richard 18 Victoria St, Cork (hereinafter referred to as the prisoner) was at the date of the passing of the PUBLIC SAFETY (EMERGENCY POWERS) act 1923, detained in Military Custody”

A very rare item, the original

Richard O’Meara’s ‘Arrest Sheet’ under the Public Safety (Emergency Act ) 1923

Now I Risteard UA Maolchatha as executive minister within the meaning of said act do hearby order and direct that the prisoner be detained in custody under the said act until further order but not after the expiration of the said act”


Many thanks to the O’Meara Clann for this invaluable piece of local Republican History

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