YPG Internationalist Revolutionaries in solidarity with Basque Hunger striker Patxi Ruis

Internationalists from the YPG in Rojava Kurdistanê show their support and solidarity for Basque prisoner Patxi Ruis.

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Patxi Ruiz Hunger Strike 

Basque political prisoner Patxi Ruiz is currently on his 16th day of hunger strike in Murcia Prison in the south of Spain. Patxi is 45 years of age and from Pamplona (Irunea). He is in his 18th year of a 30 year prison sentence. In early May Patxi was among dozens of prisoners who staged protests about the conditions in Murcia prison during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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The prisoners made several reasonable demands including the provision of protective equipment (face masks and gloves), COVID-19 tests to be carried out on prisoners and jailers, the release of sick prisoners and those nearing the completion of their sentences and prisoners to be permitted to attend the funerals of family members.

During these protests Patxi was singled out and targeted by the screws and threatened that he would suffer severe consequences for the protests. This was repeated a second time when he was visited in his cell later that night by the same screw and the prison governor. Consequent to this second threat Patxi self-harmed and had to be taken to the prison infirmary where he reported being treated very badly by the prison doctor and was denied appropriate painkillers.

Given the threats issued, the poor medical treatment he received and the general prison conditions of Basque political prisoners, Patxi decided to embark on a hunger and thirst strike on 10th May last.

He has made the following demands:

-That the prison authorities guarantee his physical safety and integrity

-The end of threats, beatings and insults directed against him by the prison director, doctor and screws

-His transfer and those of all Basque political prisoners to the Basque Country

-That all political prisoners who are not from the Basque Country be transferred to be as close to their original places of residence.

On 22nd May after 12 days on hunger and thirst strike Patxi’s condition deteriorated significantly and he was reported to have suffered kidney failure. In the days leading up to this the prison doctor had refused to see him. He was transferred to hospital that night where he received two litres of serum and was visited by his mother. After spending a night in hospital he was voluntarily discharged back to prison where he has continued his hunger strike but has ceased the thirst strike.

Patxi has now entered his 16th day on hunger strike and his situation remains critical. There have been numerous demonstrations of support and solidarity both in the Basque Country and internationally and several Basque prisoners have commenced solidarity fasts and other forms of protest such as refusing to leave their cells.

You can write to Patxi Ruiz at CP Murcia II , Campos del Rio, Murcia, Spain.

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Irish solidarity with kurdish Anti-Fascist Resistance

Today in various towns around Ireland, Irish political activists stood shoulder to shoulder with members of the kurdish community in Ireland to protest the Fascist Turkish invasion of Northern Syria.

Belfast

Belfast

The Friends of kurdish freedom Cork wish to send our love and solidarity to all the kurdish, Arab, Assyriac, Turkmen, Armenian Volunteers and Internationalist partisans fighting the heroic battles in Serekaniye, kobani and Derîk and all the areas along the border.

We wish all the various branches of the kurdish Freedom Movement every success in the field against this barbarism.

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Cork

Cork

Biji berxwedan Şoreşgerî

Serkeftin, Beir bua!

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Invite to Rojava Revolution public meeting

The Friends of kurdish Freedom Cork would like to invite all you Communists and Dissidents, Fenians and Feminists to a talk on the Rojava Revolution and the kurdish Anti-Fascist War in Syria. The talk will be given by Internationalist Volunteers who are currently making documentaries on the subject.

Please come along and show your support.

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Serkeftin, Beir bua!

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1916 is unfinished business

 “If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs. ” James Connolly

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One hundred years since the great rebellion of Easter week, we look back on one of the greatest chapters in recent Irish history with immense pride. In the same spirit as 1798, 1803, 1848, and 1867 the Army of the Republic took on the might of the cruelest empire in human history. The guiding hands of the rising were warriors and visionaries, with an unshakeable belief in the Irish Repubic. All of their efforts , their life’s work, was for the greater good, so Ireland could be the master of its own destiny. Like the pillars of the GPO,  their memory still stands tall, the heroic , Cú Culainn like deeds of those men and women continue to inspire the down trodden, the poor, and those who carry on the fight today. Betrayed many times in our history  at decisive moments by leaders, the leaders in 1916 showed true leadership and when they were executed in the stone breakers yard at kilmainham Gaol, to quote a British officer at the time, “they died like lions”.

Thomas Clarke

Thomas Clarke

The coming together of the various revolutionary forces in Easter week was a unique moment in our history and represented the most progressive minds Ireland had to offer. The Citizen army, the women’s movement, the volunteers nurtured by the old hand of the Fenian movement rose in Dublin to change Ireland for the better. Men and women ahead of their time. For six days they rattled the British empire to its core and sent shockwaves all over the world, inspiring other nations and oppressed peoples to take a stand. The noble stand taken by the kent family in Cork is a source of great inspiration to Cork republicans , like the rising in Dublin itself, out gunned and out numbered, it was a small but heroic assertion of the Irish Nation. Although left in a prison grave for 99 years, which typifies the free States attitude to the real message of Easter week and Republicanism in general, Thomas Kent was never forgotten by real republicans.

Unfortunately, Ireland today stands in stark contrast to what was fought for in 1916, Partitioned, Occupied  and betrayed at every hands turn by those who put themselves forward as our representatives,  our resources plundered by external forces, the children of the nation suffer poverty , homelessness and social exclusion, yet the proclamation declared they be cherished equally. The landlord class, the banks and unscrupulous employers, all prey on the vulnerable like parasites. Oh where , oh where  is our James Connolly ?

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The cultural , social, economic and revolutionary ideals personified by the men and women of Easter week have yet to be realised. The people have yet to become masters in their own country, the workers have yet to become masters of their own production and the Gaelic Nation has yet to be restored. Anyone who thinks that the ‘Irish question’ is settled is delusional, 1916 is unfinished business!

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Cork Volunteers’ Pipe Band No.5 in the series

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Jim Lane Socialist Republican and Revolutionary Part 3

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Neilus Cronin with the War Pipes

Below a great photo of Neilus Cronin of the Cork Volunteers’ Pipe Band with his War Pipes.

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Thanks to T for the photo.

 

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‘Socialist Republican Peoples Party’ Poster

“It is inevitable, as night follows day, that the marginalised and oppressed will retaliate. These actions may not be conscious political actions but they will certainly be directed at the force that they most clearly see as the enemy.”

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No Justice No Peace

A poster from the little known  Socialist Republican Peoples Party.  The SRPP were a small group of Cork city based activists who broke from Sinn Féin due to their change in direction around ’98/’99 who later went on to form the Rebel City Collective.

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Edward Walsh Plaque, Princes St.

Edward Walsh, Poet, School teacher and Young Irelander.

Below the Plaque on Princes St. to the Young Irelander Edward Walsh

Edward Walsh 1805-1850 Patriot and Poet and member of the Young Ireland Movement his writing drew deeply on the Gaelic Tradition, he died in this house..."

Edward Walsh 1805-1850 Patriot and Poet and member of the Young Ireland Movement his writing drew deeply on the Gaelic Tradition, he died in this house…”

John Mitchell in his Famous  Jail Journal  refers to secret meeting with Edward Walsh on Spike Island:

” 3oth.-My turnkey, who is desired to never leave me, I find to be good, quiet sort of creature. He is some kind of Dissenter, hums psalm-tunes almost under his breath, and usually stays as far away from me as our bounds will allow him. There is a door in the high wall leading to an other inclosure and as i was taking a turn though my territory today, the turnkey was near that door, and he said to me in a low voice – “this way sir, if you please”; he held the door open and i passed through, and immediately a tall, gentleman-like person, in black but rather over-worn clothes, came up to me and grasped both my hands with every demonstration of reverence. I knew his face, but could not at first remember who he was;  he was Edward Walsh author of “Mo Chraoibhin Chno”, and other sweet songs  and some very musical translations from old Irish Ballads. Tears stood in his eyes as he told me he had contrived to get an oppurtunity of seeing and shaking hands with me before i should leave Ireland. I asked him what he was doing at Spike Island, and he told me that had accepted the office of teacher to a school they keep here for small convicts a very wretched office, indeed, and to a shy sensitive creature like Walsh, it must be daily torture. He stooped down and kissed my hands. “Ah !” he said ” you are now the man in all Ireland most to be envied” I answered that i thought there might be room for difference of opinion about that; and then after another kind word or two, being warned by my turnkey, i bade him farewell and retreated into my own den.  Poor Walsh! He has a family of young children; he seems broken in health and spirits. Ruin has been on his traces for years, and i think has him in the wind at last. There are more content Galley slaves moiling at Spike than the schoolmaster. Perhaps the man really does envy me, and most assuredly i do not envy him”

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Plaques in Guagán Barra

The source of the River Lee

The source of the River Lee

DSC_0309DSC_0308The 1916 -1966 commemorative plaque at Coláiste Na Mumhan nearby Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh

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Cork Volunteers’ Pipe Band Video (Part 2 ) by Jim Lane

The Irish Republican & Marxist History Project present Cork Volunteers’ Pipe Band by Jim Lane (Part 2)

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2014 marked the centenary of the founding of the Cork Volunteers’ Pipe Band by Thomas MacCurtan in February 1914.

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Teach an Phiarsaigh, Rosmuc

The cottage Pádraig Mac Piarias stayed in and used as a Summer School for the pupils of St Enda’s in Ros Muc in Connemara

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Thanks to D for photos

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Cork Volunteers’ Pipe Band Video Part 1

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Edward Duffy, Ballaghadereen

Edward Duffy, Ballaghadereen  “The Fenian Emmet” Patriot and Martyr  from Ireland’s Own July 1930

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Ireland’s Own July 5th 1930

“Edward Duffy was not what our present materialistic world would call a great man he amassed no wealth; wrote no book or essay on science or history, won no battle by land or sea.  Nevertheless he was great,  great in the depth of his love for the land of his birth to which he was linked and wedded from boyhood’s bloom to manhood’s prime great in his constancy and consistency to the faith that was in him great in his service and sacrifice for what he believed to be a just and holy cause. Never actuated by base and selfish motives, his mind constantly fixed on his God and his country tried in the furnace and found pure- hence he was known in his day as the Fenian Emmet”

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Duffy is Dead

Duffy is Dead  by O’Donovan Rossa

A tribute poem on Edward Duffy from Ballaghadereen, “The Fenian Emmet”  by his friend and fellow Fenian, O’Donovan Rossa

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Duffy is Dead by O’Donavan Rossa, Ireland’s Own July 1930

The gloomy way is brightened when we walk with those we love,

the heavy heart is lightened  when we bear and they approve,

The path of life grows darker to me as i journey on;

for the truest hearts that travelled it are falling one by one

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Frank O’Callaghan 2nd Batt. Cork No 1 Brigade

Frank O’Callaghan shouldering a rifle, Frank was one of six brothers to take part in the War of Independence in Cork, from Minane Bridge, he took part on the attack at Bandon Barracks.

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Amongst the Fenians by Octave L Fariola

Amongst the Fenians   by Octave L Fariola.

Please click on the link to read the book.      Amongst the Fenians by Octave L Fariola

https://rebelcorksfightingstory.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/amongst-the-fenians-by-octave-l-fariola.pdf“I am Irish neither by birth nor stock, although a learned Queens Counsel , on the trial of Captain Condon in Cork,  condescended to honour me with an Irish origin, assuming that my name was an Itallianized form of O’Farrell, the initial of my christian name doing duty with him for the O, by which the Latin stanza assures us we shall always know true Irishmen. I was born a Swiss citizen, there was no man to call me his subject. If i have a tinge of Celtic blood in me it comes only from my mothers side, she being of a Celto-Belgic family (partly settled in texas) , by whom i was brought up in belgium after the death of my parents. There i received a thorough military education, and, having passed by all the inferior grades, i emerged with the first rank from the military acedemy of brussles and was commisioned lieutenant nearly twelve years ago. I completed by military training by some years practice, availing of leave of absence to assist at the Italian Campaigns of ’59-’60”

The Fenian Movement both in Ireland and America attracted some very colourful figures to its ranks, one such unusual recruit was Octave Fariola.  Fariola’s acount of his time with the Fenians was first serialised in a newspaper called The Irishman in Australia in 1868.   Although Octave Louis Fariola claims in the introduction to his story that he was born a Swiss citizen,  he was, as shown by Denise Dowdall’s work to be born in Liege, Belgium of Belgian/Swiss Parents in 1839,    his mother coming from Belgium and his Father coming from an Italian speaking region of Switzerland. He attended a military academy from a young age and gained experience in War in Italy and America.

Fariola begins his account by charting his introduction to the Fenian Enterprise, to meeting James Stephens for the first time.  Almost out of the blue Fariola recieves a letter from his old friend and comrade from the American Civil War,  General Gustave Paul Cluseret ,  inviting him to take part in a certain project, that project was none other than the Fenian Rising in Ireland.  General Cluseret, a French man who also with Fariola had served under Garibaldi in Italy were being hired by James Stephens to act as Regular officers and to lead the Fenian Rising in Ireland, it appears Stephens wanted well respected and well known Military men to give a certain credibility to his plans.  according to Fariola himself :

” Today i have come to the conclusion on that point, very little flattering to my own vanity, but which i must confess in penitence for my previous want of modesty in believing that i was wanted by the Fenian leader for my abilities.   I cannot have been wanted for them, nor was Cluseret, I apprehend. No ; but Mr. James Stephens Knew that his Irish followers, and still more his Irish-American supporters, were less satisfied than he himself was of his military proficiency, and he wanted Cluseret’s acquiescece, not advice, to give his own plans the sanction of a recognised military authority.”

Fariola seems quite  internationalist and politically radical, quick to abandon his peaceful farm to assist his old Comrade Cluseret on what must have seemed a fantastic idea, he specified his involvement in the Fenian Rising would be as long as the project was “thoroughly Republian and Democratic”  , his discussion with Stephens shows he seems content with the Fenian Movements expressed desire to see a complete separation between Church and State!

“The Republican Brotherhood alone could procure her that independence, and it would establish a Republic which would be in accordance with the views of the advanced Revolutionists, of which views it appeared to be well informed; and Mr. Stephens thought that public opinion in Ireland was such that no such Government would be possible, but a democracy, with a complete separation of Church and State, universal sufferage, and a reasonable allotments of the lands, that the Irish may live on the soil on which they were born”

Not lacking in military knowledge and an understanding of tactics Fariola is critical of Stephens’s strategy,  outlining the two distinct stages in a War of Independence.

“In the beginning the popular feeling is manifested by meetings, riots, outbreaks, during which the national party feels its own strenght; a district after another rises, bands of armed patriots overrun their own neighbourhoods, and yet, little by little, confidence in themselves, and the habit of meeting the enemy, and if,  after some time the government has not succeeded in putting down them down, there is soon some kind of organisation and government for the insurgents ……….. The operations in the second period may be those of regular war; but during the first stage sometimes, as in Greece and Belgium, of long duration, the war must be most irregular. It was Mr. Stephens’s plan to pass over the first stage of the insurrection. The Irish Republic was not to have an infancy and a growth during which it would get beak and talons; it was to be born full-grown and fully armed”

It would be unfair to simply dismiss Fariola as having being foolish not to trust his own judgement regarding the plans for the Rising, he proclaims a commitment to the cause of Republicanism throughout,  critical of James Stephens’s plans but willing to step into the breach anyway, perhaps General Cluseret’s presence was enough to give him confidence that some success could be achieved.

Fariola assumed his position was to begin when the masses had supported the insurrection, as had been planned by Stephens, and was not due to go to Ireland until the Republic and been declared, and the Fenians established as Belligerents, the rising was set for March 5th,  but in February of  ’67 Fariola was in London with Cluseret, Stephens having been deposed, he was convinced to go by Colonel Kelly “to ascertain how far Massey had really prepaired things“.    Unfortunetly for Fariola and the Fenian Rising, Massey was an Informer.   He set off for Ireland to carry out his task but circumstances beyond his control were stacked against him, the rising having failed,  Fariola fled to London.

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On the word of an another informer Fariola was arrested in London and sent  back to Ireland to  Kilmainham Gaol, Peter Nolan writes in article in the Cork Archeaological and Historical Society 1970    Fariola, Massey and the Fenian Rising that;

On the word of General Halpin, also a prisoner, Fariola pleaded guilty before the November special commission in Dublin. Being given the choice of going to one of the British Colonies, he selected Australia. On the journey to Australia, he wrote the account of his association with Fenianism for the Irishman”

There in Australia began another chapter in the adventerous life of Octave Fariola, thankfully he wrote the above account of his brief time with the Fenians, some of which may read as quite far fetched to the general reader, it does however offer a unique perspective into that international band of revolutionaries who toiled and suffered so much for Ireland.

 

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On the road to Dunmanway

On the road to Dunmanway, there are a number of Republican monuments as well as in the town itself.

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Drilling in the 1930’s

A great photograph of Cork Republicans drilling somewhere near Cork City, exact location and time unknown, although its thought to be sometime in the late 1930’s.

Cork Republicans Drilling, Left to Right,  Unknown, Denny Sisk and Jim O'Neill

Cork Republicans Drilling near Cork City somewhere, Left to Right- Unknown, Denny Sisk and Jim O’Neill

Thanks to Brendan O’Neill.

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Irish Republican Brotherhood Internees – Report on cases by Mr. Justice Harvey

“To his Excellency the right honorable Sir R C Munro Ferguson, P.C, G.C.M.G          Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia

May it please your Excellency,

I have the honour to report that, in pursuance of the order of his Excellency Sir Walter Edward Davidson Deputy of the Governor General, dated the 2nd day of August, 1918 and published in the commonwealth of australia gazzette of the 3rd day of august, 1918, No. 118, i held the inquiry therein directed  on the 8th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th days of August last.

I beg to report that the following facts and circumstances disclosed at such inquiry may, in my opinion, properly be taken into consideration by the minister in deciding whether, for securing the public safety and the defence of the Commonwealth, the continued detention of the following persons respectively, viz. :-  Albert Thomas Dryer, Edmund McSweeney, Michael McGing, William McGuinness, Maurice Dalton, Frank McKeown and Thomas Fitzgerald,    in Military custody, as provided by regulation 56a of ther War precautions regulations, is expedient.

Back row Left to right  Frank McKeown (Melbourne) L. Mc Guinness (Sydney) Michael McGing (Sydney)  Front Row Ed McSweeney (Sydney)  M. Dalton Melbourne Albert Thiomas Dryer (Synedy) Thomas Fitzgerald (Brisbane)

Back row Left to right Frank McKeown (Melbourne) William Mc Guinness (Sydney) Michael McGing (Sydney) Front Row Edmund McSweeney (Sydney) Maurice Dalton Melbourne  Albert Thomas Dryer (Sydney) Thomas Fitzgerald (Brisbane)

Irish Republican Brotherhood Internees – Report on cases by Mr. Justice Harvey

 

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