Captain Padraig Quinn, Graignamanagh, was a member of Na-Fianna Eireann. He joined the Irish Volunteers on its incaption.

Captain Padraig Quinn, Graignamanagh, was a member of Na-Fianna Eireann. He joined the Irish Volunteers on its incaption. He went onto be an active member of Sinn Fein, and then joined A Company Fifth Batt. Kilkenny Brigade I.R.A. when the Fifth Batt. set up a Flying Column he was one of the first to join and was involved in all its major operations including the Coolbawn & Uskerty Ambushes. On the formation of the National Army in 1922, he joined with the rank of Captain, and became O.C. C’company 47th Battalion Waterford Command.
In c. 1923 he married Miss Pearle Mackey of Gowran, when his best man was Michael O’Carroll, O.C. Graig Comp. 5th Batt. and Flying Column member, who fought with him at Coolbawn and Uskerty Ambushes.

Then in 1936 when Gen. Eoin O’Duffy organised for an Irish Brigade to fight in the Spanish Civil War, he joined, and experienced action for most of the war. On a later visit back to Spain, together with his comrades Peter Cleary and Seomas O’Cuinneaghan, 1948, they received an audience with the Spanish leader Gen. Franco, and he was presented with the extremely rare gilt and enamel cross “Al Merito Civile”. Captain Padraig Quinn died on 23 August, 1980.



One would expect there to be a wealth of writing about Tom Clarke, one of the chief architects of Ireland‘s Easter Rising. However, as AP Maginness discovered, historian Gerard MacAtasney’s new biography is just one of a few books written about the enigmatic Fenian.

Tom Clarke as a young man

Tom Clarke as a young man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” Here was a guy who had spent 15 years in an English jail and survived it – at a time when most either went mad or died – and played a huge role in the Easter Rising, yet there was nothing worthwhile written about him ” – Gerard MacAtasney.

TOM Clarke was one of the chief architects of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising. This enigmatic old Fenian was surrounded by a younger generation of republicans whom he galvanized towards one of the most important events in Irish history. However, relatively little is known of this apparently quiet and unassuming man who spent 15 years in an English jail, yet whose father served with distinction. In a new book by Lurgan-born historian Gerard MacAtasney, Tom Clarke : Life, Liberty, Revolution, Clarke is brought to life through the letters he wrote to family and friends over a 17-year period. His political correspondence begins in 1899, just after his release from prison. It terminates with a short note written hours before his execution on May 3 1916, which famously read:

Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” I and my fellow-signatories believe we have struck the first successful blow for freedom. ” The next blow, which we have no doubt Ireland will strike, will win through. In this belief I will die happy.” MacAtasney became fascinated by Clarke while writing a book about another architect of the Easter Rising, Sean MacDiarmada ( Sean MacDiarmada : The Mind of the Revolution, 2004 ).” There was plenty of stuff in my research for the Sean MacDiarmada book that related to Tom Clarke, so I thought, ‘ no-one has written about this guy – why don’t I ?'”, MacAtasney, who holds a PhD from the University of Liverpool, says. ” Here was a guy who had spent 15 years in an English jail and survived it – at a time when most either went mad or died – and played a huge role in the Easter Rising, yet there was nothing worthwhile written about him.”

Breton nationalist Louis Le Roux wrote one previous biography about Clarke in the 1930s but, as MacAtasney explains, it was more hagiography than biography. ” The Le Roux book was written with the consent and cooperation of Clarke’s wife, Katty. ” She was very ill at the time, so I suppose he was under pressure not to write anything negative.” The dearth of previous writing on Clarke and the wealth of material on his life, including a comprehensive collection of letters and information on Clarke’s 15 years in jail, meant that MacAtasney could draw on a previously untapped pool of primary material.Sean MacDiarmada ” The greatest resource that I had were his letters, which frame the story in the times, mostly, when he, his wife and family were apart – so from jail, when he was in America or when Katty was in Liverpool – which also means it is limited in that respect. ” I tried to frame the story first using the letters but I also felt that it was necessary to print the letters in their entirety – so that is the second half of the book,” MacAtasney spent long hours going through the original jail records at the National Archives at Kew, London as well as Lambeth Palace and the Bodleian Library in Oxford. ” The great thing about the British is that they kept masses of paperwork, so there is plenty of stuff there. ” I suppose, in some ways, records and maps and so on were the mechanics of empire, but they are also very useful for historians,” he explains. ” There was no talking or communication of any kind allowed, the cell was tiny and it was freezing. ” On top of that, there was the small matter of the hard labour. ” They were always being punished for trying to communicate.” The meticulous prison records detail Clarke’s offences and punishments over the 15-year period. Remarkably, after seven years in jail Clarke was offered a deal by the British: release from jail and a well-paid civil service job for life in exchange for information linking Charles Stewart Parnell ( Irish nationalist leader ) directly with violent nationalism. Clarke refused. ” Imagine being given that choice after all that time in jail and knowing that it would be at least another 13 before he might even be considered for release,” he says. ” It must have taken monumental nerve to turn that down.”

” The prison sentence in those days was meant to break people. There was no talking or communication of any kind allowed, the cell was tiny and it was freezing. On top of that, there was the small matter of the hard labour ” – Gerard MacAtasney.

Despite his extensive research into Clarke’s life, MacAtasney cannot fully explain why this son of a British soldier became such a hardened revolutionary.Oglach Tom Clarke ” His father was a Protestant who was in the British Army and was buried with military honours,” he says. ” It doesn’t make sense and it is hard to know what turned him into a hardened republican at such a young age. ” We can only speculate that in Dungannon at that time he fell in with a crowd who were staunch republicans, or that the tensions drove him in that direction. ” But there is no definitive answer in the source material.” What becomes very clear is that Clarke believes firmly that the time for action is now. ” Clarke’s guiding idea was that the old Fenian’s had failed Ireland because they had failed to act during the Boer War – England’s difficulty is Ireland’s opportunity – and that his generation was not going to let that happen again. ” That is why he was determined to go trough with the rising even when many close to him wanted to call it off at the very last minute,” MacAtasney says.

* Tom Clarke, Life, Liberty, Revolution by Gerard MacAtasney,

is out now published by Irish Academic Press.


“Bobby did not die for cross-border bodies with executive powers. He did not die for nationalists to be equal British citizens within the Northern Ireland state.”

~Bernadette Sands McKevitt

Also, know that the thousands of Irish/Irish Americans who stood in protest in support of the 1981 Hunger Strikers did not protest so Irish Nationalists could be equal Brit citizens – they protested in support of Irish freedom & unity!

POSTED ON BEHALF OF :  Friends Of Irish Freedom Inc.


Listening to children is one of our most potent weapons in the fight against abuse.

Open ears, open eyes, open minds and open hearts. 

If you suspect a child is suffering, speak out! Help, information, contacts and advice:

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War Criminals who murder by the millions, corporate cartels that collude by the billions and banksters who loot by the trillions, and purchased corporate media that constantly lie to hide these crimes.

We do not exist as individuals.
We do not have names.
We do not have faces.

We cannot be stopped.
We are equal to none but one
Divided by Zero……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forget
And We Moisturise
We Are AnonyMiss!

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Statement from An Cumann Seán Mac Eachaidh Portlaoise Gaol POWs for function in Glasgow:

The Republican Separatist Prisoners of An Cumann Seán Mac Eachaidh Portlaoise Gaol extend our warmest fraternal greetings to you the Republican Socialist people of Alba.
May we convey our most sincere gratitude to you for the efforts you have exerted, the time you have sacrificed and the money you have spent to be here on our behalf.

As you listen to these words we are enclosed behind the same steel doors that have held us from our families for countless nights in isolation and voices suppressed, but this night is different than all the confined nights before as tonight we have a voice beyond the confines of Free Stateincarceration and that voice is your support this evening.Your presence here compliments a project designed to inspire Republican cohesion. Our project aims to promote inclusive dialogue amongst all Republicans by encouraging the expression of independent thought and building a spirit of comradeship through selfless activism without undermining existing loyalties or burdening progress with bureaucracy. Hunger Strike Martyr Bobby Sandssaid that Everyone has there own part to play and our presence is built upon enshrining that glorious vision with action.We have designated the myth that Republicanism is weak as British Propaganda. We witnessed true weakness. It was presented to us as elite strength at the negotiating tables of Hillsborough and Stormont Castles where our nations rights were sold. We have experienced weakness disguised as political prowess to conceal the abandoning of Irish Republican Separatism in place of futile electoral pursuits. There is no Republican weak in Portlaoise Maghaberry Hydebank wood or Lithuania today, all of us have one thing binding us in comradeship our refusal to be broken by time. We are proud to serve our nation in this era with all the men and women who share this time along side us. Do not be fooled by grandiose political gesturing or rejuvenated Normalisation policies we have survived weakness exposed the falsehood and regained the strength and resilience that defines our people.

We replace the negative term division with the logical and truthful term diversity. Everyone has a right to partake in Irish Republicanism and Socialism, no one individual, leadership group or entity can lay claim to this right if you wish to join a political party or movement we encourage you do so, we implore you to study them all intensively until you have found the ethos that best represents your right to be free and to work for that freedom treated as an equal and valued as a comrade.

If you wish to remain independent we encourage you to do so inclusively but we implore you to expound that independence with constant political writings activism or which ever expression best compliments your right to liberty and the pursuit of Sovereign independence.

Incarcerated we were led to believe that there were limits to what we could achieve or what cause we could assist. The unnatural environment of captivity naturally breeds negativity but through simple, responsible and respectful debate amongst friends and comrades we developed a momentum which has confronted these bulwarks against our collective potential and that momentum has led us here to you tonight and the conclusion that there can be no limits possibly imposed upon a free being. There is nothing we cannot achieve.

This is the first public expression of an endeavour designed to inspire people to seize victory through activating your right to pursue National Liberation. To all of our comrades from all the parties, movements and groups who have shown us their respect and support we pledge to return to you the decency and respect you have paid us thus far with actions.

There are no words to express the happiness of knowing we exist outside of a prison cell at night in the minds of the Republican people, no way to explain the pride of knowing homes we left behind are being discussed tonight by our comrades, no relief like knowing this Christmas our children will receive a gift and no elation like that of being sure that prison has not and cannot prevent us from assisting the Cause of Irish Freedom.

We are humbled by your contribution on our behalf tonight and we are eternally grateful to you all. Go raibh maith agaibh!

Republican Integrity!

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Israel Kills Hamas Leader, Instantly Posts It to YouTube

The Israel Defence Forces didn’t just kill Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari on Wednesday as he was driving his car down the street in Gaza. They killed him and then instantly posted the strike to YouTube. Then they tweeted a warning to all of Jabari’s comrades: “We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.”

The Jabari hit is part of the biggest assault the IDF has launched in more than three years on Gaza, with more than 20 targets hit. And it’s being accompanied by one of the most aggressive social media offensives ever launched by any military. Several days before Jabari’s elimination, the IDF began liveblogging the rocket attacks on southern Israel coming from Gaza. Once “Operation Pillar of Defence  began, the IDF put up a Facebook page, a Flickr feed, and, of course, a stream of Twitter taunts — all relying on the same white-on-red English-language graphics. “Ahmed Jabari: Eliminated,” reads a tweet from 2:21 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday.

This is a very different way of waging the war of opinion online. When an American drone strikes a suspected militant in Afghanistan, that footage is rarely made public — and, if so, only months after the fact. After the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, White House and Pentagon aides did start leaking details like mad. But the only live tweets from the operation were from a bystander in Abbottabad who heard the helicopters landing. And the pictures of bin Laden’s corpse were purposely kept from the public.

But Israel also finds itself in a singular position, geopolitically. Its most consistent ally in the region, the Mubarak regime in Cairo, was overthrown last year and replaced by an Islamist government. Relations with Jerusalem’s most important partner, the United States, were tested by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s all-but-open support of Barack Obama’s rival Mitt Romney in the recent American presidential elections. The need to shape international opinion and rally supporters internationally is acute.

“I believe the video is aimed to deliver three different messages to three different audiences,” emails Gabriella Blum, a professor of international law and international conflict management at Harvard Law School. “A warning to militants in Gaza (we can get you anywhere, anytime); an appeasing message to the Israeli public (we will not remain helpless in the face of repeated rocket attacks), and a reassuring message to those concerned about the use of targeted killings, especially for its potential collateral damage (we can do this with utmost precision).”


During the last major assault on Gaza — 2009′s “Operation Cast Lead” — the IDF did embed camera crews in its combat units. But they were there primarily to defend troops against accusations of war crimes. Drone strike footage was shown to reporters, but only days after the attacks. Meanwhile, a young Israeli soldier — born in a small town in Hawaii, and converted to Judaism at Yale — got together with another American Israeli who thought it’d be cool to share some of those videos online. That became the IDF’s official YouTube channel, unexpectedly generating millions and millions of views. But social media (and information operations, generally) remained on the periphery of Israeli planning.

This time, things are different. After spotting a long-range Fajr-5 rocket in an underground launch site, the IDF quickly uploaded the surveillance footage to YouTube (see above), and tweeted a Google Maps-style picture of the launcher’s location in the town of Zeitoun. After killing Jabari, the IDF posted to its blog something of a rap sheet on the longtime leader of Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, including his alleged role in the kidnapping of young soldier Gilad Shalit.

Of course, the official Israeli obituary of Jabari leaves out a few rather meaningful items, like the fact that he was Israeli’s de facto partner and ally over the last several years. After Cast Lead, Israel and Hamas made a deal: the Islamic group would keep Gaza’s array of militant movements in check, and Israel would keep the aid trucks and the cash flowing. The man responsible for keeping the peace: Ahmed al-Jabari.

We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.

@IDFSpokesperson Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)

It worked for a while. But in recent weeks, the rockets began flying again, and Jerusalem became displeased with its “subcontractor,” as the ace Israel military observer Aluf Benn puts it. Jabari was openly warned to step it up, and then executed when he did not.

The message was simple and clear: You failed – you’re dead. Or, as Defense Minister Ehud Barak likes to say, “In the Middle East there is no second chance for the weak.”

As All Things D notes, it’s unclear whether or not the IDF’s tough talk violates the terms of service of the big social networks. Twitter users, for example, are not allowed “post direct, specific threats of violence against others.”

But you can expect some more Tweeted taunts in the days to come. Israel is now sending troops to its south, in preparation for a possible ground assault. The Israeli Navy is shelling targets from the sea. Meanwhile, Hamas is responding — both online and off. According to Ha’Aretz, 60 rockets were fired from Gaza on Wednesday at Israel’s southern towns and villages. Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile batteries were able to intercept 17 of the rockets, which means 43 got through.

“Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are,” Jabari’s former compatriots at al-Qassam Brigades tweeted at the IDF. “You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves.”