Cork Republicans commemorate General Liam Lynch
On Tuesday 3rd September 2013 a group of dedicated Cork Republicans drove by Mini Bus and a number of cars to the Liam Lynch Memorial on the Knockmealdown Mountains to commemorated the 90th Anniversary of the death General Liam Lynch (Officer Commanding, 2nd Cork Brigade, Irish Republican Army, 1919-April 1921. - Commander, First Southern Division, Irish Republican Army, April 1921-March 1922. - Chief of Staff, Irish Republican Army, March 1922-April 1923).
On what was a glorious sun filled day the cars and mini bus were parked up just across from the memorial. After the usual stretching of legs and comments on how well kept the memorial looked, and the good quality of the road up. The commemoration party gathered for the short walk over the two small footbridges to pay homage.
Well-known Cork Republican Donal Varian gave an oration. He spoke that how on, “10th April 1923 Free State soldiers were seen approaching the Knockmealdown mountain. Liam was carrying important papers that he knew must not fall into enemy hands, so he and his six comrades retreated up the Knockmealdown Mountains.”
“They ran into a column of 50 free state soldiers approaching from the opposite side. Lynch was hit by rifle fire from the road at the foot of the hill. Knowing the value of the papers they carried, he ordered his men to leave him behind. When the enemy finally came across Lynch they initially believed him to be Éamon de Valera but he reportedly informed them - "I am Liam Lynch, Chief-of-Staff of the Irish Republican Army. Get me a priest and doctor, I'm dying." He was carried on an improvised stretcher manufactured from guns to "Nugent’s" pub in Newcastle at the foot of the mountains. He was later brought to the hospital in Clonmel and died that evening at 8p.m. A tunic with a bullet hole and said to have been worn by Lynch on the day he was shot is displayed at the National Museum at Collins Barracks in Dublin.”
“On 7 April 1935, 12 years later, this 18 meter round tower monument was erected below the spot where Lynch had fallen, on Knockmealdown Mountain.”
Before he continued Donal remarked that “we can see today this sacred place for Irish Republican is an excellent condition thanks to a local committee and the National Graves Association and the exceptional quality of the road up the mountain which is maintained by the forestry service.”
He continued that, “Michael Collins and the newly formed Free State at the behest of Britain attacked the Four Courts in 28th June 1922, which was the headquarters of the Irish Republic and the Irish Republican Army. The attack was begun by a heavy bombardment on the Four Courts by artillery supply by crown forces.”
“This attack brought the commencement of the policy, where and when possible of the elimination and persecution of those who stood for the republic.”
“Successive Free State Governments have pursued this policy to the present day. History has shown that under Cumman na nGael Seventy-Seven were executed, under DeValera’s Fianna Fail Thirty-Eight were executed.”
“History also shows, with the acceptance of the Free State, barbaric acts, through imprisonment, internment and executions, were carried out by Free State Governments. Republican Prisoners were allowed to die on hunger strike in pursuit of their Human Rights.”
He concluded, “As we, this group stand here on this scared ground we are comparable to the small trickle of water that springs up on a mountain side and slowly flows ever forward to become a mighty river. Let us leave here today and remember we are that spring which will bring forth the wishes and dreams of generations and reclaim the Republic.”
He then called on Veteran Republican Joan Kennedy to lay a wreath on behalf of Cork Republicans.
1905 - 2013
SINN FÉIN Poblachtach
SINN FÉIN Poblachtach (Republican SINN FÉIN), the last remaining true Republican political party founded in 1905. Reformed in 1986 out of the walkout of the 86 Ard-Fheis by the true Republican leadership, who saw the failure of the new Provisional leaderships's decision to enter into a partitonist assembly of the 26 County Southern Free State. This one day would lead to a larger erosion of Republican principles, to the acceptance of entering a new Stormont and acceptance of British Partition. Republican Sinn Fein uphold the right of the Irish people to oppose continued British occupation in Ireland. We are dealing with state sponsored censorship and are continually demonized in the media, with harassment of our members carried out by the States "Political Police" on both sides of the British imposed Border.
Republicans today are labeled as anti-peace or portrayed militarists. Anyone who becomes arrested for political offenses is now either purposely ignored, demonized in the media, or criminalized. In the north the British have brought back the denial of Political Status. In 1981 Bobby Sands and nine other republican POWs died in the cell blocks of Long Kesh on hunger strike to win Political Status for all Republican POWs.
In Short the present climate is one in which the Republican Movement finds itself struggling against enormous odds, but like all other times of seeming defeat, retreat, or disillusionment, this too shall pass, for its only noble and righteous ideas which live on. As it has been said, You can Kill - or as today's lessons have taught us, even buy-out the revolutionary, but you cannot kill the Revolution.
Therefore this movement will have to be one built upon a strong and solidly principled foundation, built with planning, organization, and structure with a clear purpose and direction to achieve the end goal of a New Ireland ( Éire Nua ) free of British rule.
Republican Sinn Féin believes that the historic Irish nation is a distinct, coherent unit and is entitled to exercise its own independence. Because of the history of our own country we identify with national liberation struggles around the world.
We believe, in the words of one of the 18th Century founders of Irish Republicanism, Wolfe Tone, in the urgent need to "break the connection with England, the never-failing source of all our political evils". We stand for the complete overthrow of British rule in Ireland and the establishment of a Federal Democratic Socialist Republic based on the Proclamation of 1916.
To bring the Proclamation of the Republic, declared in Easter 1916 into effective operation and to maintain and consolidate the Government of the Republic, representative of the people of all Ireland, based on that Proclamation.
To establish in the Republic a reign of social justice based on Irish Republican socialist principles in accordance with the Proclamation of the Republic of 1916, the Democratic Program of the First Dial Éireann in 1919, by a just distributation of the nation's wealth and resources and to institute a system of government suited to the particular needs of the people.
To establish the Irish langauge as the primary means of communication in the Republic. To teach Irish History in such a way as will foster a pride in our own cultural heritage, and a sense of rights and responsibilities in our people as citizens of the Republic.
The signing of the 1916 Proclomation.
IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.
Having organised and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organisation, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and through her open military organisations, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory.
We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.
The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Irish Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.
Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National Government, representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provisional Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people.
We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God, Whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish Nation must, by its valour and discipline and the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.