June 2006

Well it seems a wee word to Pro-boards had the desired effect. They were told to remove the offending thread. At least Ulsterbams had the brains to keep their's hidden from the start.

So after them threatening to tout me out to the DWP, Blueyonder and any other daft cunt that might listen. It was them who should not have been chucking cucumbers in their greenhouse.

They tried to mock when I said I was reeling them in. I suppose they were right, I wasn't reeling them in, I simply gave them enough rope to hang themselves with.

A direct hit!!!

And remember, I'm still watching…

Up the RA ya fucking numbskull's!!!

So we set off in the motor about an hour later than planned because the good woman wanted dropped off at work before I picked anyone up. So I had to double back to pick up two from Muirhouse and one from Pather.

We got there about 15 mins after the scheduled start time.

We asked a polis If we had missed the start but he told us it was due to start in 15 mins. Good news. He kindly directed me to the nearest carpark. (£4:90 it cost for my stay there :eek:)

Anyway we made the start and it was a brilliant day. Great weather, great bands and a good internationalist assortment of solidarity banners. Basques, Palestinians, IWW and our own SSP.

The speaches at the end were good. Jim Slaven was in good form as was Daithi Doolan. Dublin SF councilor.

Daithi told us that now that the IRA had stood down, we and the polititions were now in the frontline. We on the mainland can help deliver a united socialist republic as James Connolly envisaged. We must redouble our efforts and continue the fight on the political front. It is now acheivable through political means.

He, like me supported the IRA during the armed campaign and he, like me supports them now.

A message of solidarity from incarcerated Palastinians from 1981 to the hungerstrikers and their families was read out. I’d like to get the text from that.

It ended with the band from the Creggan playing Amhrán na bhFiann.

You’ll see from the clip that there were alot more than “800” there as the Edinburgh local rags were trying to peddle. 😕

June 1
1762 – Birth in Callan, Co. Kilkenny of Edmund Ignatius Rice, educator, philanthropist, and the founder of the Irish Christian Brothers' Order
1852 – The Magnetc Telegraph Company links Britain and Ireland via submarine telegraph cable. The company also operates lines from Donaghadee to Portpatrick, and connects major Irish cities, as far as Limerick, Killarney and Cork
1866 – Renegade Irish Fenians invade Ft. Erie Ontario from the US
1919 – Eamon DeValera begins his tour of the USA to raise money and support for the IRA's war against England
1998 – The Irish and British Governments search for common ground on the parades crisis, amid growing indications that the summer marching season will push the North to the brink of open sectarian warfare

June 2
1567 – The Ulster chieftain, Shane O'Neill, takes refuge with the MacDonnells, and is murdered by them at Cushendun, Co. Antrim. He is succeeded by Turlough Luineach O'Neill
1705 – The town of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh is virtually destroyed by an accidental fire. One hundred and fourteen families and their servants suffer severe losses, and the barracks of her Majesty (Queen Anne) sustains great damage, the total loss being computed at 7,911 pound 13 s. 4d. A memorial is presented to the Lord Lieutenant from the Provost and Corporation, asking for the benefit of a full collection from house to house throughout the Kingdom, and in all Cathedrals and Parish Churches. It sets forth that " they never in the late reign nor in this applied to their Majesties for any relief or reward for their services and sufferings (in 1641 and 1688-90) when they had to maintain many thousands of poor stript Protestants who came for protection. But now being poor, disconsolate and entirely ruined, so that they have neither house to go into, beds to lie on, nor wherewithal to buy bread, may it please your Grace to grant your Petitioners the benefit of a full collection." Ed’s note. Oh the Irony
1772 – An Act of Parliament allows Catholics to lease bogland
1774 – An act of the Irish parliament enables Catholics to testify their allegiance to the king
1866 – Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to US forces
1891 – A proposal for the penalty kick is accepted by the Football Association. It is the brainchild of Armagh's William McCrum and is championed by his colleague in the Irish Association, Jack Reid
1949 – The Ireland Act is passed in Westminster, declaring the special relationship of Irish citizens to the United Kingdom and guaranteeing Northern Ireland's status within the UK
1954 – John Costello becomes premier of Ireland
1956 – Joan Littlewood's production of Brendan Behan's play The Quare Fella opens at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, gaining Behan international recognition for the first time
2002 – It is announced that Progressive Democrats president Michael McDowell is to be appointed justice minister in the coalition cabinet. Ed’s note. Probably the worst appointment in recent 26 county history
2002 – The World Cup football squad is officially welcomed to their new training camp in Chiba city in the coastal surburbs of southern Tokyo with a reception in a specially created Irish Village in the grounds of the team hotel

June 3
1798 – Government reinforces Gorey and Bunclody, Co. Wexford. Rebels decide to attack Gorey
1878 – Sinéad de Valera, née Flanagan; teacher and writer, is born in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
1919 – The Local Government Act provides for proportional representation at local authority elections
1963 – Pope John XXIII dies the age of 81. He is succeeded by Pope Paul VI
1972 – A Protestant march against the creation of "no-go" areas in Londonderry ends in a bloody battle on the Craigavon Bridge. Soldiers use rubber bullets and water cannon to control the crowd when the so-called "Tartan gangs" at the tail end of the march begin to throw bottles and stones at the Army
1974 – Michael Gaughan dies on hunger strike at Parkhurst Prison in England
1991 – Three IRA gunmen are shot dead by British soldiers as they drive through the village of Coagh, Co. Tyrone. Their car is hit by a hail of bullets, before crashing and bursting into flames
1998 – The Prince of Wales meets with the political spokesmen for loyalist paramilitary groups at a garden party hosted by Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam. The Prince also meets victims of terrorist violence and presents others with MBEs. The event at Hillsborough Castle is attended by 2,500 people including Gary McMichael and David Adams of the Ulster Democratic Party. The garden party, which Sinn Féin leaders had refused to attend because of the Prince's links to the Parachute Regiment, is the highlight of his hectic two-day visit. Representatives of the DUP are also present – less than a week after party leader Ian Paisley brands the Queen a "parrot"
2000 – Cathal Crumley, a former IRA prisoner faces unionist anger as he prepares to become the first Sinn Féin Mayor in Ireland since 1920
2000 – Security chiefs in the North come under fire after further reductions in troop levels following the increased threat posed by the Real IRA
2001 – It is announced that the Irish immigration authorities are to open special visa offices in Bejing and Moscow. The move is aimed at speeding up the entry of Chinese and Russian workers and students to Ireland
2002 – Residents of east Belfast begin clearing up following another night of sectarian violence that saw armed gunmen on the streets of the city. Tension remains high in the area around the nationalist Short Strand enclave as both communities brace themselves for a fresh bout of sectarian violence

June 4
1487 – Thomas FitzGerald, Kildare's brother, accompanies Simnel's army of German mercenaries and some Irishmen to England on this date
1651 – Ireton, Oliver Cromwell's son-in-law, lays siege to Limerick city. By October, Limerick is in Ireton's hands. Ireton dies of the plague shortly afterwards
1731 – Allegedly, the date when the robbery of the Golden Lyon's cargo takes place at Ballyheige Co. Kerry. Owned by the Danish East India Company, the ship had become stranded near Ballyheige, Co. Kerry. Its valuable cargo is moved into a house and guarded by troops, but 'About twelve or one in the night a number of men broke into the house at Ballyheige where the money chests were kept, wounded three of the Danes and carried it off.' Eventually, about ten of the robbers are apprehended and charged, and approximately £7,524 2s is recovered
1798 – In Co. Wexford, Government troops march south out of Gorey. Rebels from Carrigrew move north, they attack and defeat Government forces at Tubberneering. Government forces withdraw north. Rebels occupy Gorey
1798 – Lord Edward Fitzgerald dies at Newgate prison from wounds sustained in the course of his arrest
1820 – Henry Grattan, the moving force behind the Irish Parliament at College Green before it was dissolved by the Act of Union, dies and is buried – against his wishes – in Westminster Abbey
1864 – Neilí Ni Bhriain, Irish Gaelic League activist, is born
1886 – Months of serious rioting begin in Belfast on this date
1909 – Charlotte Grace O'Brien, Irish social reformer dies
1980 – John Tunley, Protestant Irish nationalist, is assassinated
1998 – Amid strict security, His Royal Highness, the Duke of Kent makes a courtesy visit to Lifeboat Stations in Cork and Kerry in his role as President of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

June 5
1646 – Eoghan Rua O'Neill, a superb military strategist, defeats Robert Munro’s Scottish army at Benburb in Co. Tyrone. The victory is celebrated by Pope Innocent X with a Te Deum in Rome
1686 – Richard Talbot, the Earl of Tyrconnell, appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland, (the first Catholic to hold the position since the Reformation) becomes Commander-in-Chief of the Irish army
1795 – An Act provides for the establishment of a Catholic seminary
1798 – Defeat of the rebels at New Ross, Co. Wexford
1798 – The Reverend William Steel Dickson, a Presbyterian minister and United Irishmen supporter is arrested and imprisoned without trial
1868 – James Connolly is born of Irish parents in Edinburgh
1880 – Birth in Dublin of William Thomas Cosgrave, the first President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State
1916 – Death of Listowel man Lord Kitchener
1921 – The first sitting of the Northern Ireland Parliament takes place
1932 – Birth of Christy Brown, paraplegic painter and writer. His book “Down All the Days” and the film “My Left Foot” are based on his life. Ed’s note. The Pogues done a song about him called “Down all the Days”. I think
1968 – Robert Kennedy is seriously injured in shooting after victory speech
2000 – British Prime Minister Tony Blair issues an apology to the Guilford Four 11 years after they had been released from prison where they each spent 15 years on a trumped up conviction
2002 – Former US President Bill Clinton travels to Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, to open a £3m peace centre named after him in recognition of his special role in helping the divided North’s community towards the Good Friday Agreement. The centre is built on the site of the 1987 Remembrance Sunday bombing
2003 – Relics of one of the best loved and admired saints, St Anthony of Padua, arrive in Ireland for a special tour of churches in Dublin and Carlow. The remains, contained in a statue of the Franciscan monk, are received at Fairview Church by Cardinal Desmond Connell and the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto.

June 6
1333 – William de Burgh, Earl of Ulster -'the Brown Earl'-is assassinated by his own knights, John de Logan and two of the de Mandevilles, at Le Ford, Belfast. The background is one of intrigue among Norman-Irish lords: William has driven de Mandeville out of Ulster and has starved his own kinsman, Walter de Burgh, to death at Northburgh Castle. His death is followed by a rising of the de Mandevilles and de Logans, allied with the Gaelic Irish of Ulster
1592 – Red Hugh O'Donnell, son of the Earl of Tyrconnell makes a dramatic escape from the Record Tower and returns to Co. Donegal and the leadership of his Clan
1763 – William Simms, a founder and secretary of the United Irishmen, is born
1798 – General Needham reaches Arklow in Co. Wexford and immediately begins digging trenches
1798 – Rebellion breaks out in Ulster: Henry Joy McCracken issues proclamation calling United Irishmen in Ulster to arms
1800 – Ordination of the first priests at St Patrick's College, Maynooth. The college was founded in 1795 as the National Seminary for Ireland
1880 – Birth of William Thomas Cosgrave – Irish statesman and father of Liam Cosgrave*. A member of Sinn Féin, he fought in the Easter Rebellion and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Freed a year later, he was elected to the British Parliament in 1918 but protested British rule by refusing to take his seat. He helped organize an independent Irish Assembly, the Dáil Éireann in 1919. Minister for local government in the revolutionary cabinet, Cosgrave supported the 1921 treaty with Great Britain that set up the Irish Free State. After the deaths of Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins, he was elected president and served from 1922 to 1932. He was opposition leader of his Fine Gael, or United Ireland Party from 1932 until his resignation in 1944
1882 – In Liverpool, Mayo native-son and hero, Michael Davitt, advocates land nationalization in preference to peasant proprietorship

*Liam Cosgrave was Taoiseach from 1973 to 1977

June 7
1420 – A parliament meets at Dublin
1546 – England signs Peace of Andres with Ireland and Scotland
1705 – Francis Flood, grandfather of Henry Flood, is expelled from the House of Commons for abuses against Agmondisham Cuffe MP, Cuffe's tenants and others in Co. Kilkenny
1766 – The Tumultuous Risings Act, against the Whiteboys, is passed
1798 – Father James Coigly is executed by hanging at Pennington Heath. A member of the United Irishmen, he had been arrested in Margate, England as he was about to embark for France. Papers found on his person indicate that his intention is to invite the French Directory to land an army in England. He is found guilty of high treason
1798 – In Wicklow, the Rebels burn Carnew; in Ulster, they take Larne and the Larne garrison retreats to Carrickfergus. The Rebels take Ballymena and Randalstown and then attack Antrim. They also attack Maghea in Co Derry
1866 – Irish Fenians raid Pigeon Hill, Quebec
1892 – Birth of Irish statesman, Kevin Christopher O'Higgins in Stradbally, Co. Laois. He attempted severe repression of the Irish Republican Army in the years of the Irish “Troubles” following the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921. A man of intellectual power, he is described as “a soul incapable of remorse or rest” and – by William Butler Yeats – “a great man in his pride confronting…"
1921 – George V opens the first Northern Ireland Parliament. James Craig becomes Northern Ireland's first Prime Minister
1999 – British Prime Minister Tony Blair urges an immediate Downing Street meeting in a fresh bid to end the disarmament deadlock threatening the future of the Northern Ireland peace process