An Fínníneach

A Play dedicated to all the men and woman who took part in the Hunger Strikes, the Blanket and No wash protests.
Starring – Brian Milligan
Directed by – Alison McCrudden
Music by Joe Kelly, Noël Barr and Tomas Taylor.
Technicians – Pat Gregory, Francis McCarton and Peter Hughes.
Producers – Paddy A and Gerard Fleming.



I found this video of a BBC Documentary when I was putting the video of the Ballymurphy Time for Truth march together. As my viddler account  got deleted, probably due to lack of attention from myself, all the links I had put up to the video had become obsolete. I have since found out, after opening another free account with viddler, that they only hold videos on their servers for 30 days. Now I don’t know if it means they are completely deleted or whether they stay on until some other files that users saved on the server are then written over your video files. Much like your hard drive doesn’t completely delete a file until it’s written over again unless you use software that completely wipes the files from your hard drive. Whatever the case it means I’ll have to keep going back and uploading the videos each month until I can find a more permanent solution. Youtube is out because you have to chop the video into 10 minute clips.

In fact, it very well may have been a youtube up-loader that I have to thank for this video because there are parts of the video that seem to lose a bit of sound and have distorted vision for a second, suggesting that I may have put the video together again after it had been chopped. Now I don’t remember where I got it for sure. I forgot I had it until this week. I thought all my videos lost when I had to re-install windows. I’ve only got the entire avi file so if I downloaded it from youtube there would be flv files of it lying around but there isn’t. Wherever I got it from, sincere apologies for forgetting about you, and if you know who you are then thanks.

There are many points in history where you can point to and say that is where this all started from. Then you can debate it till the cows come home but in the end, there are mostly more than one defining moment that leads us all to where we are. It’s almost always impossible to pinpoint an actual event in history that has been solely responsible for the following forty years of history. To me it is a mixture of actual events and the spirit of the time that pushes and pulls us all to the state of affairs that follow. History has a nasty habit of repeating itself too on account of the human race being slow learners. Genocide continues to occur, whether it’s called ethnic cleansing, or a war on terror, despite the warnings that fascism gave us in the early part of this century or the inquisitions of the early part of the 2nd millennium. This video re-affirms for me the belief I have always felt that the main cause in starting what became known as the “troubles” was fear and ignorance. All of the protagonists had a fear of the other due to ignorance. That allowed for things to develop the way they did. But ultimately, the unionist fears were that they would lose their status and that Catholics were just ready to reap bloody revenge from them at the first opportunity. The catholic and indigenous community feared that the unionist community was going to finish them off. The rhetoric from Ian Paisley and his Ulster Constitution Defence Committee was inflammatory and they had open links with Gusty Spence’s newly re-created UVF. They were set up three years before. Any observer would be forgiven for thinking the catholic and indigenous community were on the verge of being driven out of the orange statelet by any and all means necessary. For them, the fear was very, very real and tangible. For the unionist community the fears had already been shown up as based on false information and so now were irrational.

They initially had the unionist working class protestants believe that the IRA were planning an uprising in the run up to the 50th Anniversary of the Easter 1916 rising. They even had some conservative Catholics fearful of it. The fact that the IRA were nothing much more than a recreational club who studied politics and were heavily influenced by Marxism and who were positively against any kind of sectarianism or racism whatsoever, was lost on them. That fact only served to worry the already duped conservative Catholics more so. They had no arms to speak of and those that were hidden after the border campaign (1956-62), couldn’t be found because those that hid them had ether died since or had simply forgotten where they had stashed them. Any that could be found were in such a state of disrepair due to corrosion and neglect that they were useless. In total, they could only muster 3 hand guns and a Lee Enfield rifle. Besides, they didn’t want to get involved with a sectarian conflict so much that, they were reluctant to even involve themselves in defending catholic areas and communities during and after with the rioting that blew up all over the six counties in support of the bogsiders. This in turn led to graffiti appearing in catholic areas that read “IRA = I RAN AWAY”. In Belfast, loyalists burned out Bombay Street and 7 people were killed in rioting that had erupted there, to take the pressure off the bogsiders by dragging the RUC and the B-specials’ full attention away to stretch their resources.

This was all in response to a year of violence perpetrated by loyalists against the Civil Rights movement. It’s stressed that the Civil Rights Movement were campaigning for civil rights for all the six county citizens and not just  the Catholics. Evidenced by the presence in the movement of moderate protestants, such as Ivan Cooper the SDLP MP for Derry, as well as Catholics and non Christians. For the whole of 1968, the movement had been subject to harassment by the authorities, violent attacks from loyalists backed up by the B-specials and regular RUC, culminating in the attack at Burntollet Bridge (see google video), near the end of a civil rights march from Belfast to Derry that set out from Belfast on the 1st January 1969. If the catholic community or any independent observer were in any doubt about the legitimacy of the civil rights movement and the nefarious intentions of the Unionist community’s leaders and loyalists, then those doubts evaporated then.

So here’s the video of the Battle of the Bogside…

If the embedded video is missing, please contact me either through the comments or other means and, I will be able to fix it. Thanks.

It was a miserable morning when I got up and dragged myself out of bed as usual to let the carer in for my mum to get washed and dressed. With it being a Saturday, the carer comes in a little later to allow my mum a wee bit of an extra lie in. Not much mind you, but enough to worry me that I might be rushed to get to the march assembly point for 11:30 assembly and 12:00 march beginning. But she came about 10:30 and I was already waiting and had tea and breakfast organised along with my mum’s medication. This gave me enough time to leave at 10:45 to meet up with friends and comrades at Bellshill cross around 11:10, allowing us just enough time to make it to Coatbridge for assembly. The rain was lashing down one minute and then the next the sun would be splitting the trees, only to start lashing it down again. We didn’t even get the solacement of a rainbow.

When we got near the assembly point on Coats Street, you would hardly think there was a march going to take place at all, much less an Irish Republican one, and arguably now, the main Cairde na hÉireann march on the Scots/Irish Republican Calendar. With the truth having come out now about Bloody Sunday, our focus of attention has shifted to the Ballymurphy Massacre and that has manifested itself in the attendance for this march expected to far outstrip any other. It’s an issue that still, 40 years on, remains unresolved with no closure for the families. The very same regiment mainly responsible for Bloody Sunday, 1st Parachute Regiment of the British Army, are also indicted by the Republican Movement and all fair-minded independent commentators and correspondents of the “troubles”  and peace process in Ireland over the last 46 years. So it’s particularly relevant from a British and International perspective, that this crime against humanity be recorded as such. So as I said, this march has now become the main Scots/Irish Republican march on the calendar but there was hardly any police presence at all. If we didn’t know better, we would think that the march subject to cancellation without us being told. But we did know better and it turned out that the weather, as you will see, had driven the march followers to stay in shelter from the elements until nearer the start of the march. That didn’t explain the lack of Strathclyde’s finest on every street corner and every 25 yards along the streets approaching the assembly point. It was almost surreal going to a Scots/Irish Republican march without being stopped and searched at least twice during the 5 minutes walk to the assembly point and hardly seeing any police presence there at all. All became clear at the end when informed by Jim Slaven that the police had reduced their numbers for policing the march by half and it was clear that the police were adopting a light touch to policing the marchers and followers. It appeared that we were to have our own stewards be allowed to keep order who, unfairly in my opinion, come in for some stick by some of the march participants. No one likes being pushed around by any form of authority, especially Republicans and those of us of the younger generation, but I’d rather be pushed around by one of our own than one of the filth.

A comrade told me that there was a counter demonstration by Loyalist/Fascists but I honestly never seen or heard them. They cannot be seen or heard on any of the videos or pics I took. My comrade tells me that there were only about a dozen of them there and I’ve no reason to disbelieve his figures. I hope they all got home safely and were not attacked by Republicans on the hunt for stragglers. Just like the loyalists did to two, at least, people I know of at the hungers strike commemorative march in Glasgow this year. Luckily the scumbags had the brains to not have weapons on them on that occasion as they would undoubtedly have been searched by the police so they probably decided it was safer to leave their blades at home. The upshot was that around 8-9 Loyalists were unable to inflict much damage of note to two Republican stragglers who had become separated from the march. Let this be a lesson. If you are going to straggle, be ready and split into two groups, close to each other. When one comes under attack, the old trick of bringing in reinforcements close by, and take the bastards by surprise and kick 7 shades of shite out of them. Or wear good running shoes.

Anyway, the march went off peacefully as usual, but on this occasion, there were no complaints about the policing of the march and there were no negatives to report – apart from the weather – but it cleared up after the march began.

We mustn’t forget the reason for this march, the Ballymurphy Massacre when over the period of 3 days, a concerted effort to shock and stun the civilian population with orders from the top, in line with the new internment laws allowing that innocent people be arrested and detained without charge indefinitely, resulted in the murder of 11 innocent people. These included a Parish Priest and a 45-year-old Mother of 8. 1st Para were let loose and encouraged to do this with impunity. This gave them the green light to go ahead and commit the more widely known atrocity known as Bloody Sunday. Had these animals been brought to account for their actions in Ballymurphy, they very well may not have had the green light to commit the atrocity in Derry 5 months later. That’s why this march is of such importance. After 40 years the families are still awaiting justice for their families. Their were 9 representatives of the victim’s families at the march and their presence is greatly appreciated to raise awareness of this crime against humanity. Included in the delegation was the daughter of Joan Connolly (50) Irene Connolly, and she gave a speech at the end of the march it was very emotional for her and it is quite hard to make her out. I’ve tried to boost the sound so she is heard and understood clearly but she gave an excellent and humble but spirited speech. It’s important that the families’ message gets out, everywhere across the Celtic Isles.

Recently trouble has flared after the met police force shot dead a youth in circumstances as yet not confirmed. The riots that have ensued since that death, on Thursday, although  not entirely due to the death itself but to the poor treatment of working class families, whatever race, by this Government. The disorder has left England in a state of shock since the killing of Mark Duggan (29) in Tottenham. This sort of thing happened in the six counties regularly and it just goes to show how restrained the republican movement has been over the years. We were just expected to put up with it, but they don’t put up  with it in England do they?

Enjoy the Video of the march.

Footnote: I forgot to mention that the two republican stragglers I know who were set upon by a gang of Loyalist/Fascists, were helped by protestant clergy or elders, who gave them money to get a taxi to Buchanan Street bus station safely. That is what Christianity is supposed to be about. So all you ignorant orange bastards take note.  The faith you are supposedly marching for every year to celebrate the right to practice, flies in the face of everything the Orange institution stands for. Thanks to the protestant church members for helping my friend out in their time of need.  Be assured that my two friends do not bear anyone ill will on account of their faith. In fact, they are both of different faiths themselves.

Justice did not prevail and the league title did not find it’s way home to Paradise. As Lennon said though “This is not the end, this is only the beginning”.  Next year I really believe we will add the league to the Scottish Cup. We’ve never been too good at bothering much with the League Cup and I reckon that is anybody’s up for grabs. You never know though, the treble would really get it right round them. That would be good.

Despite the disappointment of being cheated out of the treble this year, I and many other, Celtic fans will be walking around with satisfied looks on our mugs. Finishing the season on a high by winning the Cup returned a bit of pride to Celtic fans. Absolutely no disrespect to Motherwell, they came and had a go and made a good account of themselves. They will have a good season next year but I’d like to know where all the Motherwell fans appeared from? They struggle to get 2000 at fir park and yet managed to get nearly 10 times that at Hampden. Another thing, these new ‘Well fans will have to find their voices if they hope to give their team any encouragement. I only heard them sing three songs the entire match despite that wee short guy they have for a manager dancing around trying to encourage them to get behind the team. I can’t blame them though.  I was talking to one Motherwell fan who was there right up at the back of the Motherwell end and he said he actually felt the stadium bouncing when the Celtic fans where “doing the huddle”… He said even he felt intimidated by the sheer volume and atmosphere coming at them from the Celtic end. It wasn’t a threat of violence or anything remotely like that but simply the atmosphere created by the Celtic supporters. I want to see that next season more and more against all the teams in the SPL. No team in the SPL deserves any less respect. They are all capable of beating us on their day and it is up to us, as Celtic supporters, to make sure that clubs no longer relish the chance to come and have a go at Celtic Park or even at their own grounds. Opposition fans and players alike have to  be overawed when they play Celtic, not just because of the Celtic team, but because of the atmosphere created by Celtic supporters. I remember when it was intimidating and almost always worth at least a goal start. Or the clichéd 12th man.

So next season, let’s get behind the team. If Celtic want to besmirch the team’s top with a pro war political symbol again, let them. Just walk out in protest or if attending an away fixture, simply don’t go in and watch the game on the telly in the pub. Do it quietly and with dignity and then around 2-3 weeks later, near St Andrews day, have a Saltire day, where we bring in our Saltires and wave them around like Nicola Sturgeon on heat. (Sorry Nicola, sexist comment and uncalled for, but we have had to endure Anti-Irish racism from since before the plantations.

You see the Huns are right when they say that immigration from Ireland, especially the North, didn’t start and end with An Gorta Mor or the Great hunger. It started with the Plantations started by James the 6th of Scotland when the two crowns joined under his Kingship. Some Scots King he turned out. Traitorous bastard relinquished his right to the throne as soon as he moved his court to London. He renounced his nationality, his religion and his self-respect. Sorry, I digress.

In Glasgow, around this time there was actually more Anti Catholic organisations than there were Catholics. That’s why in 1745 during the Jacobite rising the Jacobite rebels or rather the rightful Scots Army under the rightful king, got no truck in Glasgow. Prince Charlie was too catholic for their liking. Maybe they were right but replacing the Roman pope with a London pope was no answer but they done it. Except for the Presbyterians who went along with it just for pragmatic reasons. Of Course when taxation of the entire population through church tithes by the London pope or established church, no matter what church you did or did not belong to, this caused a bit of a schism in the church in Scotland and kicked of a revolution in Ireland led by the great protestant United Irishmen in the North of Ireland. They had three main aims, a kind of quickly drawn up manifesto;

  1. That the weight of English influence in the Government of this country is so great as to require a cordial union among all the people of Ireland, to maintain that balance which is essential to the preservation of our liberties and the extension of our commerce
  2. That the sole constitutional mode by which this influence can be opposed is by a complete and radical reform of the people in Parliament
  3. That no reform is just which does not include Irishmen of every religious persuasion.

These three aspirations are as true to Republicanism today as they have always been since the fathers of republicanism at that first meeting, who became known as the United Irishmen, drew them up. The men that were at that first Republican meeting were all protestant, two were Anglican and the rest were Presbyterian. They were Wolfe Tone, Thomas Russell, (who were the two Anglicans) William Sinclair, Henry Joy McCracken, Samuel Neilson, Henry Haslett, Gilbert McIlveen, William Simms, Robert Simms, Thomas McCabe and Thomas Pearce. These brave men supported the Catholic Committee and Lobbied for Catholic emancipation and to repeal the Penal laws. But most of all, what really united them with Catholic and Dissenter were the tithe laws. Their Ultimate aim as is the aim of modern republicanism is to secularise the state and replace Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter with the name Irishmen. To separate religion from politics. The Brits saw this and sought to mint a coin of sectarianism to divide Protestant from Catholic and Dissenter from them both. This was in fact a racially motivated ploy. To bring in Scots and give them the best land and in doping so, kick the indigenous catholic and non protestant off the best farmland that were found in the northern Counties.  They had tried with the Elizabethan Pale but they could not go further than Dublin county itself with impunity. Divide and Conquer was the order of the day and has continued without much break ever since. There were valiant attempts  at organising the workers on a class based union but they suffered defeat because of the racist policies of the British government. Scots Protestants were  given control which they freely accepted. Why wouldn’t they? Self interest is a good enough persuader. The Irony was that the protestant movement was an attractive one until it became infected with bigotry. The idea of democracy and freedom of worship as one pleased, directly with God however one pleased was appealing to socialists. The Irony is that if they had not been driven by greed and a lust for power, they may have converted many Catholics freely to their ideas.  But their brutality in land-grabbing from the indigenous Irish and denying their own Celtic heritage put paid to any assimilation and working class unity there might have been.

So there we have it. Ignore the sectarian red herring and see it for what it is. Racism.

As you will see from the following video, Scotland’s Shame have once again tarnished the image of their club. Having said that, when you tarnish something so much and for so long, surely there must come a time when Rangers name can no longer be blackened any more. I mean is their reputation a sort of dark grey or is it blacker than a black hole. If it’s the latter as I believe, then they can only improve their reputation as it’s impossible to blacken it any more. But can they improve their reputation after all that tarnished history?

The Irrelevant Ian Paisley once called for republicans to were sack-cloths and ashes and parade up and down the Six Counties, no doubt by a route agreed by the parades commission. At the same time he made these comments, republicans were actually busying themselves dancing through hoops for the Brits, the Dupes, the Stoopes, the Contos the 32CSM, and various other people with a mouth or a blog and anti GFA republicans. So he would have Sinn Féin do the sackcloth and ashes act whilst dancing through all these hoops. At the end of the day no matter what hoops we danced through for the bigoted bastards, we were still Croppies and we were to know our place, lying down to the unionist threats. That’s another matter though but it is an example of the hoops we have to dance through to appease these bigots on both sides of the water.

More at home, Celtic have danced through hoops to get themselves separated from the so-called sectarianism that exists in Scottish Football. Let me make it clear again. It is not sectarianism that is the problem and it never has been. It is racism pure and simple. I’m not called a Fenian bastard, taig, bogwog, bogtrotter, tattie muncher or any number of derogative names supposedly for my religion but they are missing by miles for I have none. My crime is to born into an Irish Catholic family. It doesn’t matter if I’m 1st, 2nd which I am as it happens, 3rd, 4th or 5th generation Irish. It’s that I express my Scots Irish Identity through supporting Glasgow Celtic or indeed Hibs, supporting my home team but not joining in the singing of Orange songs, not keeping my head down but instead being comfortable with my identity which is both Irish and Scottish and being proud of both. If I express that in any way then I’m a plastic paddy according to the likes of James Traynor, Gerry McNee and a whole host of media commentators who should really think before they open the ignorant gobs or write their hateful bile. Why should they have the right to demand of me a reason for being proud of my Irish heritage? Should I not have a far more pertinent right to ask why they are so upset and obsessed by it.

Now to the video that’s got me going. It shows Rangers “Supporters” making fun of the death of Tommy Burns with a disgusting chant that will reverberate around the football grounds of Scotland wherever Celtic play. I hope I’m wrong and it’s just the racist scum from Follow Follow and the RST that get themselves into a habit of singing the chant. But may I remind Motherwell supporters that Celtic offered their hospitality and not just the club, but the fans, when Phil O’Donnell tragically died close to Tommy Burns’ death. Celtic Supporters joined in with Motherwell fans chanting Phil O’Donnell’s name. We never expected the Motherwell fans to chant Tommy Burns’ name. Why the hell should they? They were their to honour Uncle Phil. But remember, there was no segregation and only light banter between the supporters. I travelled into the game as is my usual want on the 267 from Motherwell to the Gallowgate and there were Motherwell supporters on the bus as well as Celtic and their was a sense of solidarity with our shared loss. This leads me to my point.

If Motherwell supporters especially, as well as the rest of the Supporters of all the other league teams, do not condemn the behaviour of the Rangers fans in this video, then they can all go and stick their different sides of the same coin, minted in Britain, up their fucking arses. They could fit bagfuls of the fucking things up there with their piles from sitting on that fence for so long. Or at least the real Motherwell fans can. The ones that don’t have the bus fare to Ibrox are known and they don’t care so are a lost cause.

If anyone says to me to my face that Celtic and Rangers are just as bad as each other, I shall patiently explain the racist nature of the Anti Irish abuse that Irish immigrants have had to endure from the establishment in Scotland that goes beyond institutionalised racism. I shall explain to him or her that the reason Rangers have enjoyed any success at all is because the establishment needed a team to beat these bogwogs or Scottish Protestantism would be made to look like fools in their OWN country. After Celtic won every competition they entered in 1967, including the European Cup. The need for a team to beat these uneducated Fenian bastards intensified and the pressure on Rangers to do just that became almost pitiful. Rangers had already been given the task to beat this mob. They were the establishment team in Scotland. They represented the protestant work ethic while that lot from the Gorbals and Garngad were the infidels and worse, soldiers of the Anti Christ. After explaining this and the more subtle racist attacks on the Irish community and those of Irish genes, the person still refuses to accept the facts, then I can only assume he’s a hun or closet hun. If he still tries to say that Celtic and Rangers are as bad as each other, then I can’t be held responsible for my actions.

Remember Remember the 12th of November. It’s the day you’ll be asked to vote for your Westminster parliamentary representative. It’s Labour’s seat to lose but consider this, people of Springburn et el, for 74 years you have voted consistently for a party who in return have done what exactly?

Another thing you might want to consider is who exactly you are getting into bed with if you vote Labour.

Orange Order Backs Labour

That’s all. Think before you vote! Whatever you do, please don’t vote unionist.

I have found some broken links and I have found that putfile is absolute shite for hosting anything. I’m going to remove every link to any putfile medium and replace it with other more trustworthy hosting services such as photobucket and flickr. I might give youtube a go though I mainly want to post audio files up. The problem is that I need to be able to trust the hosting environment to remain stable whilst I entertain more pressing matters. So far, Photobucket and flickr have done this but they don’t specialise in audio files.

As for the broken links I am removing them. I am also going to add a few, both in the c’moan the hoops page and the links pages itself.

Recently someone sent me a link to a forum and I dismissed it in my drunken petulance thinking it another SF bashing forum. Even if it is another SF bashing forum I s’pose they deserve a link as much as any of the others such as irish I will search it out in my e~mail and reply accordingly.

I think I have been unduly rude in my description of some of the places I have linked to and have also been dishing out undue praise. However, I will be putting a reminder in to people on my links page that the dynamics of forums and even websites can change from time to time. So my brief intro to the links may very well be out of date or indeed wrong due to the lack of thorough investigation of the link. It should however give a general idea as to the political leaning of the site or forum. If it fails in that duty then it is up to those who feel that way to inform me as to why. I have been known to alter my description of some sites after being better informed.

Obviously and ultimately it is up to the surfers to decide for themselves the truth of the matter. They can see from there own eyes and so my opinion really counts for nothing in the end. Hopefully I have helped them to find a source they may have been searching for and really that is what the links are all about in the end. I believe my links page provides a pretty decent service in that regard.

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