Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Derry Rossport SOS Fundraiser

On Sunday, May 22nd a line up of well know musicians will lend their talent to raise money for the Rossport campaign.   ‘Rossport SOS’ will see renowned fiddler, Tommy Peoples, the ever popular Henry Girls from Inishowen and local Derry musicians take to the stage upstairs in Sandinos from 9.30pm.Solidarity in Donegal and Derry has been built up over the past ten years and people continue to travel down to Rossport to support the local community in one of the longest running and most contentious campaigns in memory.     

For many in Donegal, the Rossport campaign has far reaching implications which will have a direct impact on people all along the North West coast.   

As an independent charitable organisation, An Taisce will need to fundraise to assist with the considerable costs associated with preparing for and mounting a Judicial Review.  An Taisce invites people and organisations from around the country and beyond, to rally quickly to support An Taisce in its ongoing commitment to ensure the rule of environmental law is upheld robustly in Ireland.

Line up : Tommy Peoples, The Henry Girls, Damian Nixon and Friends, Johanna Fegan
Doors open at 9pm and tickets are £4 on the door or in advance from Sandinos, Tinneys or An Culturalann

Candlelight Vigil in Memory Manus Deery

The family members, relatives and friends of Manus Deery will hold candlelight vigil on Thursday 19th May 2011 to mark the 39th anniversary of his murder at the hands of British troops.

On 19th May 1972, 15 year old Manus Deery, was sharing a bag of chips with his friends at Meenan Square in the Bogside when he was shot and killed by soldier 'A' from C Company, 1st Battalion, of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Earlier on that day, Manus had just received his first pay packet.

Manus and several of his young friends were standing behind the Bogside Inn when the soldiers opened fire from the Derry walls. The soldiers claimed there was a gunman in the area at the time. Manus was struck by a bullet on the side of the head.

There was no evidence of an RUC investigation. The soldiers' version of events went unchallenged because their statements were taken by the Royal Military Police. No soldiers were ever prosecuted with his killing.
This Thursday evening at 7.30pm, May 19th 2011, a candlelight vigil will take place at the spot of Manus’s killing in Meenan Square and everyone is welcome to attend. 

March on the banquet of the British and Irish elite in Dublin castle

Some 30 million euro is being wasted between the visits of the US President & the British Queen to Ireland. One of the grosser occasions of the visit of the British Queen will be tonight (Wed 18 May) when the royal parasite will be sitting down to stuff her face with our local wealthy 1% at Dublin Castle.

The WSM is planning to join the eirigi organised March on the Castle from 5.30pm on Wednesday, May 18th at St Catherine’s Church on Thomas Street, Dublin 8. The march will depart for Dublin Castle at roughly 6.30pm. The protest which will include speeches, music and street theatre is expected to last until at least 8.30pm.

We will be carrying a large new banner reading "Old Ruler, New Rulers : Class Struggle Continues .." highlighting the common purpose of the Irish and British elites in keeping Ireland safe for capital. If your feeling a little outraged by this and all the disruption of the visits we'll see you there, on the streets.
Event date and time: 
Wed, May 18th 05:30pm - 08:30pm

Monday, 16 May 2011

Why we don't welcome the visit of the British Queen

The British Queen - An Enemy of the working class, an enemy of the poor, head of the imperialist British state, symbol of privilege, inequality and oppression.

The visit: why now?

There is a drive to normalise the british occupation of the six counties and partition. It is part of a wider pattern to integrate Ireland into the loose alliance of imperialist nations. There has always been a desire on behalf of the British state, the USA and the European Union to engage Ireland as a junior partner in the imperialist club. The ending of the war in the north and the gradual normalisation of relations between Britain and Ireland has allowed an acceleration of this process. The visit of Britain's queen Elizabeth is all part of it.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Derry Rossport Solidarity Concert: Sun. 22nd May

Patrick Galvin - renowned poet and socialist has died

Patrick Galvin, the renowned Cork writer and socialist, has died.  Born in Margaret Street in Cork in 1927, Paddy was a prodigious and accomplished writer producing many works in poetry and drama, as well as writing the memoir The Raggy Boy Trilogy.  He was also a most accomplished balladeer and many of his early works were in this form.

(Image: Patrick Galvin at his birthday party last summer).

Galvin’s early life was spent in and around the Barrack Street area of Cork – an place that he described as ‘desperately poor’ but ‘highly atmospheric’.  Following charges of ‘being disruptive’ he was sentenced in the 1930s to a term of three years at St. Conleth's Industrial School in Co. Offaly - an experience that was to mark him hugely and make him into the lifelong socialist and an advocate for the oppressed.  On his return to Cork, following this harrowing experience, he worked as a newspaper boy, a messenger and as a projectionist at Cork’s Washington Street Cinema.  In 1943, using a forged birth certificate, he went to Belfast and joined the RAF at the age of sixteen.  Following service during WW2, he was demobilised and worked in London at various odd jobs.  He later travelled around Europe.

He began writing poetry, by his own admission, in the late 1940s.  However under the influence of Seamus Ennis, the traditional uileann piper, he first made his mark as a folk singer going on to record over 7 LPs of songs and ballads.  Among many fine compositions, there is of course his renowned version of ‘James Connolly’, a song later popularised by Christy Moore.

Patrick Galvin’s first book of poems – Heart Of Grace – was published in London in 1959.  He later went on to produce Christ In London (1960), The Wood Burners (1973), Man On The Porch (1979) and Folk Tales For The General (1989).  New And Selected Poems (1996) established his position as a major poet of his generation.  In the introduction to this work he was described as “a poet who combines a very strong sense of the community that shaped and formed him, and gave him his voice, with a broad set of human concerns that range from social idealism through pity for the victims of power, to anger at wrongs done”.

Galvin was also a very fine dramatist.  He wrote and produced many works for, among others, the Lyric Theatre and the BBC.  He also worked on many adaptations for the BBC and also as a writer in residence in England, Ireland and in Spain.  In the 90s he returned to Cork and played a pivotal role with Mary Johnson, his partner with whom he had two children, in establishing the Munster Literature Centre in Cork.  In 2003 with his reputation on the rise he was struck down by a debilitating stroke.  He survived and recovered with the loving support of his family but his ability to continue writing was severely curtailed – a factor which was to become a huge burden for him. 

Patrick Galvin was angered by the publication of the Ryan Report in 2009 into the abuses at the Irish Industrial Schools.  Not only did the Report remind him of his own period of incarceration, it also reminded him of reality that he was one of the first to speak out about what was going on in these institutions – and was pilloried for doing so.  He had always been incensed at the vile and cruel abuses that went on in these institutions, and had long contended that they had occurred under the ever watchful and approving eye of the Irish State and the Catholic Church.

In an ironic testament to his lifelong commitment to socialism Patrick Galvin spent nearly twenty hours waiting on a hospital trolley at CUH (in Cork) on what was to be the last weekend of his life – this weekend just gone.  Despite receiving excellent care he died peacefully at CUH late last night.  He will be remembered not only for beautiful and evocative writing, but also for his opposition to capitalism and his lifelong commitment to struggle for a just workers society.  His funeral will take place this Thursday in Cork (May 12th), fittingly, on the anniversary of the execution of James Connolly.