January 2006


Bloody Sunday Commemoration
Sunday 29th January
Assemble 10.30am
Shamrock St
Glasgow

Speakers in attendance

Organised by the West of Scotland Band Alliance…

Be there or be square, innit.

I never made it ‘cos I was blitzed on Friday night. I never even recovered till yesterday. Oh well, I can console myself with Republican Radio courtesy of the Sean McIlevanná RFB.

Did y’all see that shower of scum at George Square?!?!
We never get that kind of reaction at Wishaw. I suppose the success of the March can be measured by the size of the protest.
If they believe themselves to be in the right then they should be confident enough to let the cards out on the table. You see, these bastards have a hidden agenda, some not so well hidden.
Actually, I think I know one of these fine subjects of the Crown. (left rear in the pic) I shall have to investigate further to make sure but back to the hidden agenda…
It’s quite obvious that not all of these knuckledraggers are committed Loyalists or BNP. There is however, a mixed bag all with their own hidden agenda and not one of them any good. Take Sam Love for example, Mr Love is a Wishaw Councilor and is always at the forefront of any outcry against the Republican March in Wishaw. I have no doubt that the man started out as a socialist or at least that’s what he told himself. But here’s the thing that fucked him… Orangeism and consequently, British Nationalism.

If you have any doubt about his Orange credentials then I’d suggest asking him straight out, “Oi Jim, are you now, or have you ever been in the Orange Lodge?”
The answer, unless he wants found out lying, will be, “yes by Jove, fuck the pope” or something similar. I have it on good authority from several Orange sources that the man was in the lodge. I have no reason to think I’m being lied to.
So take his version of socialism and mix it with his brand of nationalism and what are we left with???
Yes that’s right folks, Nazi’s are alive and kicking on the Labour ticket right here in North Lanarkshire.

My advice? Don’t vote for any unionist party.

…In Glasgow.

Assemble 10:00am

Blythswood Square.

January 15
1821 – Thomas Clarke Luby, Fenian, is born in Dublin
1939 – IRA Army Council and Republican survivors of 2nd Dáil Éireann declare war on England
1920 – Sinn Féin takes control of most borough and urban councils in local elections
1988 – Sean McBride, Irish patriot and human rights activist, dies.

January 16
1822 – Thomas Clark Luby, co-founder of the Fenian Brotherhood, is born
1904 – In reaction to attacks on Jews in Limerick, Michael Davitt, a leader of the Irish Land League, protests “as an Irishman and a Catholic against this spirit of barbarous malignity”
1913 – Home Rule bill passes in the House of Commons
1922 – Michael Collins takes over control of Dublin Castle from the British authorities on behalf of the new Irish state
1935 – Gobnaitt NiBhruadair (Albinia Broderick), Irish republican activist, dies
1981 – Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP, Bernadette McAliskey, is shot by gunmen who burst into her home at Coalisland in County Tyrone
2002 – Richard Haass, US President George Bush’s special adviser on Northern Ireland, urges Sinn Féin to drop its objections to the new Police Board

January 17
1649 – Marquis of Ormond James Butler and the confederates sign a peace treaty which grants toleration for Catholics in exchange for troops
1860 – Birth in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, of Douglas Hyde, playwright, folklorist, founder of The Gaelic League and the first president of Éire
1964 – The Campaign for Social Justice (CSJ) is formed. It is the forerunner of the civil rights movement and begins a programme of publicising what it sees as widespread discrimination, in a number of areas of life, against Catholics in Northern Ireland
1992 – Seven Protestant constructions workers at a security base in Co. Tyrone are killed by an IRA bomb. The driver of their bus also dies

January 18
1671 – Catholic gentry present petition to Charles II
1831 – Daniel O’Connell is convicted of conspiracy
1913 – The Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union strike ends
1998 – The fourth revenge killing of a Catholic by LVF murder squads since ruthless warlord Billy Wright was gunned down, is committed in Maghera, Co. Derry
2001 – The right of Travellers to pursue their traditional lifestyle on their own land was yesterday rejected by the European Court of Human Rights

January 19
1920 – IRA attacks Drombrane barracks, Co. Tipperary
1998 – The Northern peace process are close to collapse after a 52-year-old Catholic taxi driver is killed in an attack which bears all the hallmarks of the UDA/UFF

January 20
1841 – James Armour, Presbyterian minister and political activist is born in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
1902 – Kevin Barry, medical student and nationalist revolutionary, is born in Dublin
1902 – In the House of Commons, John Redmond criticizes the use of concentration camps by the British in South Africa
1916 – Secret negotiations result in alliance of the Irish Citizen Army with the Irish Republican Brotherhood
1973 – Whiskey In The Jar by Thin Lizzy enters the British charts
1998 – Hope remain high that the IRA ceasefire will hold despite escalating violence in the North and Sinn Féin’s implacable opposition to the Anglo-Irish blueprint
1999 – The Loyalist Volunteer Force announces plans for a second round of arms decommissioning which could include the handover of explosives
2000 – According to a major international survey, Ireland is one of the least corrupt countries in the industrial world
2002 – Rioting erupts on the streets of north Belfast as angry mobs throw petrol bombs and blast bombs at police.


January 21
1876 – James Larkin, organizer of Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and socialist politician, is born in Liverpool
1919- Daíl Éireann, chaired by Sean T. O’Kelly meets for the very first time at Mansion House in Dublin
1919 – Two members of Royal Irish Constabulary are shot dead by Irish Volunteers including Seán Treacy and Dan Breen in an ambush at Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary: this is regarded as the first incident in the ‘War of Independence’ (Anglo-Irish War). Attacks on policemen continue for the rest of the year
1998 – A controversial deal is agreed by the British and Irish governments to transfer the IRA gang which carried out the Guildford and Woolwich bombings to Portlaoise prison
1998 – The North is plunged into a new crisis after Benedict Hughes, a Catholic, is shot dead in south Belfast in the latest murder aimed at wrecking the peace process
1998 – The IRA dramatically rejects the Anglo-Irish Stormont settlement plan
2002 – Sinn Féin MPs will never sit in the British parliament, Gerry Adams vows as they move into Commons offices for the first time. Party policy is also changed to allow MPs to sit in the Dáil.

January 15
1800 – The last session of the Irish parliament begins on this date
1821 – Thomas Clarke Luby, Fenian, is born in Dublin
1861 – Young Irelander Terence MacManus dies in San Francisco, CA
1939 – IRA Army Council and Republican survivors of 2nd Dáil Éireann declare war on England
1920 – Sinn Féin takes control of most borough and urban councils in local elections
1988 – Sean McBride, Irish patriot and human rights activist, dies.

January 16
1822 – Thomas Clark Luby, co-founder of the Fenian Brotherhood, is born
1904 – In reaction to attacks on Jews in Limerick, Michael Davitt, a leader of the Irish Land League, protests “as an Irishman and a Catholic against this spirit of barbarous malignity”
1913 – Home Rule bill passes in the House of Commons
1922 – Michael Collins takes over control of Dublin Castle from the British authorities on behalf of the new Irish state
1935 – Gobnaitt NiBhruadair (Albinia Broderick), Irish republican activist, dies
1981 – Northern Ireland civil rights campaigner and former Westminster MP, Bernadette McAliskey, is shot by gunmen who burst into her home at Coalisland in County Tyrone

January 17
1649 – Marquis of Ormond James Butler and the confederates sign a peace treaty which grants toleration for Catholics in exchange for troops
1860 – Birth in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, of Douglas Hyde, playwright, folklorist, founder of The Gaelic League and the first president of Éire
1964 – The Campaign for Social Justice (CSJ) is formed. It is the forerunner of the civil rights movement and begins a programme of publicising what it sees as widespread discrimination, in a number of areas of life, against Catholics in Northern Ireland
1992 – Seven Protestant constructions workers at a security base in Co. Tyrone are killed by an IRA bomb. The driver of their bus also dies

2000 – A pair of King Billy’s gloves, worn during the battle of the Boyne, and the dress worn by Sinéad de Valera at the second inauguration ceremony of her husband, President Éamon de Valera, are unlikely companions in The Way We Wore, a permanent exhibition of the clothing and jewellery worn by Irish people from the1760s to the 1960s which opens at the National Museum, Collins Barracks.

January 18
1667 – Cattle exports to England are prohibited
1831 – Daniel O’Connell is convicted of conspiracy
1913 – The Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union strike ends
1934 – Joseph Devlin, Irish nationalist dies
1937 – Birth of John Hume, nationalist politician, in Derry/Londonderry
2001 – The right of Travellers to pursue their traditional lifestyle on their own land was yesterday rejected by the European Court of Human Rights
2002 – Political history is made today as the Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition becomes the longest-serving government in the State. After taking office on June 26, 1997, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s minority government is serving its 1,666th day in office.

January 19
1920 – IRA attacks Drombrane barracks, Co. Tipperary
1983 – The Minister for Justice, Michael Noonan, reveals that the previous Fianna Fáil administration was involved in tapping the phones of Journalists Geraldine Kennedy and Bruce Arnold
1998 – The Northern peace process is close to collapse after a 52-year-old Catholic taxi driver is killed in an attack which bears all the hallmarks of the UDA/UFF

January 20
1621 – Patents are granted for plantations in parts of Leitrim, King’s County, Queen’s County and Westmeath
1841 – James Armour, Presbyterian minister and political activist is born in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
1902 – Kevin Barry, medical student and nationalist revolutionary, is born in Dublin
1902 – In the House of Commons, John Redmond criticizes the use of concentration camps by the British in South Africa
1916 – Secret negotiations result in alliance of the Irish Citizen Army with the Irish Republican Brotherhood
1961 – John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as president of the United States of America, becoming the first Irish Catholic to be elected to that office
1973 – Whiskey In The Jar by Thin Lizzy enters the British charts
1998 – Hope remain high that the IRA ceasefire will hold despite escalating violence in the North and Sinn Féin’s implacable opposition to the Anglo-Irish blueprint
1999 – The Loyalist Volunteer Force announces plans for a second round of arms decommissioning which could include the handover of explosives
2000 – According to a major international survey, Ireland is one of the least corrupt countries in the industrial world
2002 – Rioting erupts on the streets of north Belfast as angry mobs throw petrol bombs and blast bombs at police.

January 21
1793 – Louis XVI is executed in Paris; he is attended by an Irish priest, Fr. Edgeworth. Lord Edward FitzGerald is the only member of the Irish parliament not to appear in mourning following the execution
1876 – James Larkin, organizer of Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and socialist politician, is born in Liverpool
1919- Daíl Éireann, chaired by Sean T. O’Kelly meets for the very first time at Mansion House in Dublin
1919 – Two members of Royal Irish Constabulary are shot dead by Irish Volunteers including Seán Treacy and Dan Breen in an ambush at Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary: this is regarded as the first incident in the ‘War of Independence’ (Anglo-Irish War). Attacks on policemen continue for the rest of the year
1998 – A controversial deal is agreed by the British and Irish governments to transfer the IRA gang which carried out the Guildford and Woolwich bombings to Portlaoise prison
1998 – The North is plunged into a new crisis after Benedict Hughes, a Catholic, is shot dead in south Belfast in the latest murder aimed at wrecking the peace process
1998 – The IRA dramatically rejects the Anglo-Irish Stormont settlement plan
2002 – Sinn Féin MPs will never sit in the British parliament, Gerry Adams vows as they move into Commons offices for the first time. Party policy is also changed to allow MPs to sit in the Dáil.

January 8
1871 – James Craig, Ist Viscount Craigavon, Unionist politician and PM of Northern Ireland from 1921 to 1940, is born in Belfast
1873 – Home Rule Confederation of Great Britain is founded
1916 – Evacuation of Gallipoli Peninsula in the Dardanelles is completed; there are100,000 casualties, mostly Australian, New Zealanders and Irish, in the eight-month campaign
1922 – Arthur Griffin is elected second president of Ireland by Dáil Éireann
1998 – The first licensed drug to treat mild to moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease is launched in Ireland
1999 – The British Government comes under pressure to stop the early release of prisoners in Northern Ireland after an upsurge in paramilitary shootings and beatings
2002 – Former Soviet leader Gorbachev sinks a pint of Guinness with Dublin Lord Mayor Michael Mulcahy in the famous Doheny and Nesbitt pub in Baggot Street.
2007 – Northern ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine dies at age 53 after suffering a heart attack and later a stroke and a brain haemorrhage. A former UVF prisoner and a key figure in brokering the loyalist paramilitary ceasefire of 1994, a party statement is quoted as saying: “Unionism has lost the most progressive voice of this generation. Politics has lost a statesman. Our peace process has lost its most optimistic advocate and Ulster has lost a devoted son.”


January 9
1642 – 30 Catholics are killed by the Scottish garrison and English settlers at Island Magee, Co. Antrim
1922 – Arthur Griffith is elected Taoiseach of Dáil Éireann after Eamon de Valera steps down
1952 – Birth of Danny Morrison, former publicity officer for Sinn Féin, and now a novelist
1962 – Birth of Ray Houghton, footballer
1998 – Mo Mowlam, risks her political future in talks with loyalist paramilitaries inside the Maze prison in a desperate bid to save the troubled Northern Ireland peace process
2002 – Former soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, accepts the honour of being named the 71st Freeman of Dublin, following in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela and members of U2
2002 – Police are attacked with bricks and bombs by rioters from both sides of the sectarian divide, as bigotry and violence flare again at the Holy Cross Primary School in Ardoyne, north Belfast.


January 10
1922 – Arthur Griffith elected President of Irish Free State
1969 – Civil rights leaders in Northern Ireland defying police orders and refuse to abandon their planned march through Newry in Co. Down
2003 – Feared loyalist paramilitary chief Johnny Mad Dog Adair is arrested and sent back to jail. Adair will not now be released from prison until January 2005


January 11
1921 – The British government announces that any unauthorised person found in possession of arms, ammunition or explosives is liable to be executed
1970 – IRA splits into Officials and Provisionals (Provos)
1999 – The Democratic Unionist Party warns that it would mount a legal challenge if Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam moves to announce a power-sharing Executive without the Assembly approving the new government structures

January 12
1885 – Thomas Ashe, patriot and nationalist revolutionary, is born in Lispole, Co. Kerry
1998 – Political master strokes by Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair breath new life into the Northern peace process with a blueprint for peace which could replace the Anglo-Irish Agreement with a three-stranded government for the North

January 13
1800 – Daniel O’Connell makes his first public speech, opposing Union with England
1998 – Northern Ireland takes another giant step towards peace after the political parties at Stormont accept the British and Irish governments blueprint as the basis for negotiation
2001 – One and a half copies of the most important piece of documentation of the 20th century in Ireland, the Declaration of Independence, is sold to a New York collector for £56,000

January 14
1937 – De Valera’s new constitution, with its assertions of Ireland as a sovereign 32-county state, and its definition of Catholic morality and “women’s place” is approved
2000 – Unionist politicians are furious after Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams claims that there could be a united Ireland by the year 2016, the centenary of the Easter Rising

January 8
1999 – The British Government comes under pressure to stop the early release of prisoners in Northern Ireland after an upsurge in paramilitary shootings and beatings
2001 – All schools are to receive a CD ROM of one of the masterpieces of Western art — the Book of Kells. On behalf of the schools, the Minister for Education and Science, Dr Michael Woods, accepts the CD ROMs from Trinity College Library in Dublin and leading internet company, X Communications
2002 – Former Soviet leader Gorbachev sinks a pint of Guinness with Dublin Lord Mayor Michael Mulcahy in the famous Doheny and Nesbitt pub in Baggot Street.
2007 – Northern ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine dies at age 53 after suffering a heart attack and later a stroke and a brain haemorrhage. A former UVF prisoner and a key figure in brokering the loyalist paramilitary ceasefire of 1994, a party statement is quoted as saying: “Unionism has lost the most progressive voice of this generation. Politics has lost a statesman. Our peace process has lost its most optimistic advocate and Ulster has lost a devoted son.”

January 9
1642 – 30 Catholics are killed by the Scottish garrison and English settlers at Island Magee, Co. Antrim
1922 – Arthur Griffith is elected Taoiseach of Dáil Éireann after Eamon de Valera steps down
1952 – Birth of Danny Morrison, former publicity officer for Sinn Féin, and now a novelist
1998 – Mo Mowlam, risks her political future in talks with loyalist paramilitaries inside the Maze prison in a desperate bid to save the troubled Northern Ireland peace process
2002 – Former soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, accepts the honour of being named the 71st Freeman of Dublin, following in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela and members of U2
2002 – Police are attacked with bricks and bombs by rioters from both sides of the sectarian divide, as bigotry and violence flare again at the Holy Cross Primary School in Ardoyne, north Belfast.

January 10
1751 – Cornelius Bolton, politician, Volunteer and improving landlord is born
1922 – Arthur Griffith elected President of Irish Free State
1969 – Civil rights leaders in Northern Ireland defying police orders and refuse to abandon their planned march through Newry in Co. Down
2003 – Feared loyalist paramilitary chief Johnny Mad Dog Adair is arrested and sent back to jail. Adair will not now be released from prison until January 2005

January 11
1921 – The British government announces that any unauthorised person found in possession of arms, ammunition or explosives is liable to be executed
1970 – IRA splits into Officials and Provisionals (Provos)
1998 – The Government plays down reports of a rift between Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister Tony Blair
1999 – The Democratic Unionist Party warns that it would mount a legal challenge if Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam moves to announce a power-sharing Executive without the Assembly approving the new government structures

January 12
1765 – The Kinsale by-election caused by the death of John Folliott on this date is contested by Agmondisham Vesey and Richard Meade. Vesey wins by 64 votes to 48, but pays a price for being elected: William Dennis, vintner, receives £80 for Mr Vesey’s entertainment. Three other innkeepers receive a total of £76 3s 6d for providing ‘drink for Mr Vesey’s health’ and a further £14 9s for beer to the populace. His election agent, James Dennis, spends £46 12s 2d to send a coach and post-chaise to Dublin to collect voters. Vesey spends a further £12 7s 10d on ‘a notice to disqualify John O’Grady as a Papist from voting’. Ben Hayes, fiddler, is paid £5 13s 9d. Vesey’s election breakages bill amounts to £7 8s, exclusive of fines for ‘a crowd of broke heads and crakt limbs’. James Kearney (a future MP for Kinsale) spends £16 4s 3d to bring voters to Kinsale on Vesey’s behalf: this includes a post-chaise and hospitality on the four-day journey
1885 – Thomas Ashe, patriot and nationalist revolutionary, is born in Lispole, Co. Kerry
1993 – A Fianna Fáil-Labour coalition government is formed, with Reynolds as Taoiseach
1998 – Political master strokes by Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair breath new life into the Northern peace process with a blueprint for peace which could replace the Anglo-Irish Agreement with a three-stranded government for the North

January 13
1931 – Mary Clarke, Maryknoll nun and martyr is born of Irish parents in NYC
1998 – Northern Ireland takes another giant step towards peace after the political parties at Stormont accept the British and Irish governments blueprint as the basis for negotiation
2001 – One and a half copies of the most important piece of documentation of the 20th century in Ireland, the Declaration of Independence, is sold to a New York collector for £56,000
2003 – It is announced that the Government is to undertake a major review of Gaeltacht areas amid concerns of a dramatic fall-off in Irish language use in many areas.

January 14
1937 – De Valera’s new constitution, with its assertions of Ireland as a sovereign 32-county state, and its definition of Catholic morality and “women’s place” is approved
1965 – Talks between Seán Lemass, Taoiseach, and Terence O’Neill, Northern Ireland Prime Minister, take place in Belfast
2000 – Unionist politicians are furious after Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams claims that there could be a united Ireland by the year 2016, the centenary of the Easter Rising.

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