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Michael Cleary

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  1. What a difference a claim makes, anybody else who claimed there even was a steaknife, Morrisson damned and lambasted as crackpots and securocrats, until he realised there was a few quid in it for him Danny's latest take on steaknife http://www.dannymorrison.com/?p=3620 Scap No 10's top murderer
  2. youd have ended up with a Dublin woman and selling 3 lighters for a Euro in moore street, you done the right thing
  3. Pity Dubliners couldnt do this over austerity, IMF and the like would have been more effective if you ask me
  4. This adds serious weight to the theory that they descended from the Bards who remained in Ireland to drum up support on behalf of the 'Earls' when they left for Europe in 1607, shunned by the people who were furious at the Gaelic monarchy for bailing out on them http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/history/events/dates/earls.shtm
  5. 10 February 2017 A study of Irish Traveller genetics has suggested that they split socially from the settled population much earlier than thought. The research was carried out by scientists from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University College Dublin, the University of Edinburgh and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They say it shows the divergence may have began 360 years ago. It also suggests Travellers are closely connected to Irish settled people. The researchers found that any genetic disparities between Travellers and settled people in the Republic are largely due to them remaining genetically isolated for several centuries and their numbers decreasing. It is thought there are about 30,000 people living in the Republic of Ireland who are members of the Travelling community, representing 0.6% of the total population. Previously it had been thought that Travellers had become displaced between 1845 and 1852 as a result of the Great Famine. 'Genetically very close'"The findings confirm that the Irish Traveller population has an Irish ancestry and this comes at a time where the ethnicity of Travellers is being considered by the Irish state," the Royal College of Surgeons' Prof Gianpiero Cavalleri said. "It is important to emphasise that although Irish Travellers show clear features of a genetic isolate, they are genetically very close to settled people in Ireland. "It is also interesting to observe that the isolation of Travellers from settled people predates the Great Famine. "However it's important to emphasise that our research estimates the beginning of the social divergence of the Travelling community, rather than their origin." DNA samples from 42 Irish Travellers were compared with that of 143 European Roma, 2,232 settled Irish, 2,039 British, 5,964 European and 931 individuals from the rest of the world for the study. Several genetic dating methods were also used to estimate the period when the travelling community began to split genetically from the settled population in Ireland.
  6. great initiative, though Newry to Belfast would have more of an impact surely?????
  7. true, the Irps executed Airey Neave and the Provos claimed it
  8. its not a hard strategy to understand
  9. couldnt say for sure, but to this day when i speak to provos of that era i hear no mention of the IRSM other than in a tone of voice that suggests ill will, resentment and a denial of legitimacy on their behalf, the Derry PIRA tried to shut the Irps down in the early days there are countless stories of the IRSP being denied speaking rights at H-Block commemorations etc, as well as of nefarious attempts to recruit INLA prisoners en masse on the back of a slandering of their outside structures while inside, i think RSM prisoners were denied political status by the PIRA in the Blocks at one stage also, generally not an atmosphere of Unity but no doubt there were exceptions to all this
  10. Fair play to these dissidents who were not afraid to buck the trends of the day
  11. Why are the French comrades who gave their lives for us in '98 not given more recognition?
  12. inspired the greatest ever Irish Republican soundtrack also, in my opinion
  13. Cop lovers you say?
  14. This is for Wurzel Gumage McIvor after his balls talk on Brit loving Newco etc, can Sinn Féin not get him basic history lessons or something? http://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/13645 The Gough Barracks raid - Remembering the PastBY SHANE Mac THOMÁIS Gough Barracks In January 1954, Leo McCormick, the Training Officer for the Dublin Brigade of the IRA, was on a visit to Armagh. As he passed Gough Barracks, the home of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, McCormick noticed that the guard on duty outside the barracks was armed with a sten gun without a magazine. McCormick concluded rightly that Gough Barracks was in effect being guarded by an unarmed guard. On his return to Dublin, McCormick informed the Dublin Brigade of his chance observation. Alas, McCormick was not to see the end result of his information, as he was arrested soon after and received four years for possession of a document. By April, the General Head Quarters decided that they would raid Gough Barracks for arms. But first, more information was needed. Eamon Boyce the Intelligence Officer of the Dublin Brigade, was asked to travel up to Armagh and check out the barracks. Boyce travelled up many times and soon had a detailed account of life outside the barracks. But GHQ wanted more inside details. Charlie Murphy got over this problem by asking Seán Garland to go up to Armagh and enlist in the British Army. Not long after Garland's enlistment, a stream of maps, documents, time schedules and even photographs flowed into GHQ for processing. Finally, a last intelligence coup was arranged. Using Garland's information, the IRA got inside the barracks to have a look around. On a Saturday night in May, Boyce and Murphy slipped into the barracks as 'guests' at a weekly dance. With them they brought a girl, Mae Smith, who was later to become chairperson of Sinn Féin. After a few dances, Garland took Mae outside for what his fellow soldiers assumed was an hour of light passion but was in fact a detailed tour of the entire barracks. The operation was launched on 12 June 1954, from a farm just outside Dundalk. A large red cattle truck had been commandeered at the last moment and 19 IRA men, about half of the Dublin Brigade, climbed in and were informed as to what their target was. It was almost 3 o'clock on a busy Saturday afternoon when the cattle truck and a car drove into Armagh. Paddy Ford got out of the car and walked over to the sentry and asked him about enlisting in the British Army. While the sentry was dissuading Ford of what he considered a foolish course of action, he looked down into the barrel of a .45 calibre colt revolver in the perspective recruit's hand. As the sentry was held at gunpoint, three IRA men went past him into the guardhouse. The sentry was then brought in after them. While the sentry was being tied up, a new IRA sentry, complete with British uniform, white webbing belt, regimental cap and sten gun with magazine stepped out to stand guard over Gough Barracks. As soon as the IRA sentry appeared, the cattle truck drove through the gate and came to a halt outside the arsenal door. After fumbling through 200 keys, Eamonn Boyce found the right one and opened the armoury. Murphy raced up the stairs and in the first room two British soldiers demanded to know what a civilian wanted inside the barracks. Murphy had some trouble getting his revolver out of his pocket and was further embarrassed when the two soldiers refused to put up their hands. However, another IRA man arrived carrying a Thompson sub machine gun, which quickly convinced them to do as they were told. Posting a Bren gun at the armoury window to command the barracks square, the IRA began stripping the armoury. During the course of the raid a woman, noticing something was wrong, stopped a British officer in the street and urged him into the barracks to investigate. Once inside the gate the officer was taken under control and, protesting that he was an officer and a gentleman, refused to be tied until a gun was put to his head. An NCO then noticed what was happening, got into a lorry and drove for the gate, intending to block the exit. But an IRA man (later to become editor of An Phoblacht) stood at the gate brandishing a revolver and shouted "Back". He forced the NCO to reverse the lorry. The NCO was placed under arrest in the guard room. By the end of the raid, the IRA had tied up 19 British soldiers and one civilian. In less than 20 minutes the job was done. The lorry carrying 340 rifles, 50 sten guns, 12 bren guns, and a number of small arms drove out of the barrack gates and rumbled through Armagh in the direction of the 26 Counties. Eamon Boyce and the group in the car followed after locking every gate and door for which they could find keys (the keys were later auctioned in America to raise funds for the IRA). At 3.25pm the first alarm in the barracks was given but it was not until 5 o'clock that the general alarm was given and by that time the big red truck was long gone. The raid for arms in Gough Barracks gained international attention. The IRA, which had been described by some as moribund since the '40s campaign, had once more risen from its slumber to strike a blow against the forces of occupation. The raid awoke a calling in many to join the IRA and take part in the Border Campaign, which kept alive the flame of republicanism through to the present time. On 12 June 1954, 50 years ago, the IRA raided Gough Barracks in County Armagh.
  15. Very well put, nail on the head no names mentioned either, somebody learning PR skills hopefully