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iplofallen
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As we head towards Easter this year, we have come up with a provisional idea of how we will commerate our fallen friends, comrades and family members. These plans are open debate and change as all factors are included. The plan so far is to meet at the plot in Miltown on Easter Saturday at 12.00. After some words and a reading of the proclamation we will lay some wreaths.

On Easter Sunday at 12.00, we will be commerating Eoin Morleys 20th anniversary at the independent Republican commeration being organised to honour all those who rest at Monks Hill graveyard in Newry. We will visit the graves of the Republican Socialists there and say a few words at each, followed by a reading of the Proclamation.

On Easter Monday at 12.00 we will at Martin Corrigans and TonyMcCloskeys resting place in St Patricks cemetary, Armagh. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Martins death also. We hope to lay some wreaths after some words and a readng of the Easter Proclamation.


As I said these plans are open to change, and any input from all those is very welcome. Hopefully we can build on the success of last year and ensure the lads sacrafice is remembered at Easter, as we all know how important this day is in the calander of Irish Republicanisim. We have made great advances in the short time the website has been going, meeting some of the families of the fallen Vol's and the supportive messages from others has made the project have a positive impact on all involved. As we remember with pride our dead, we will always strive to ensure they are never forgotten.

January 17, 2010 at 4:56 AM Flag Quote & Reply

iplofallen
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Had the wrong year in the title...oops..!.Now updated to 2010

February 9, 2010 at 8:00 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Socialist Republican
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Is everyone welcome to attend Eoin Morley's commemoration?

February 9, 2010 at 8:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

iplofallen
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Yes all are welcome, and indeed encouraged, to attend. Hope to see you there

February 9, 2010 at 8:26 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Shane Dundalk
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great plans see yous all there

February 13, 2010 at 11:36 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Socialist Republican
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iplofallen at 08:26AM on Feb 09, 2010

Yes all are welcome, and indeed encouraged, to attend. Hope to see you there

I will probably attend it then. :)

March 31, 2010 at 11:55 AM Flag Quote & Reply

iplofallen
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Oration Newry 2010


Introduction

 

I would like to thank everyone for coming today as we remember our fallen comrades who rest here in Monks Hill. Tommy, Eoin and Crip would be humbled by the numbers who have come to pay their respects. Its a testement to the esteem that the lads were, and indeed are, held in that we have all gathered here today. It seems like time has not erroded their memory that lives within each and every one of us.  While the focus of Easter commerations has been at the main plot in St Marys in Newry over the years, I am sure you will agree with me that all Republicans should be remembered on this day, regardless of their final resting place, and even though we gather here to remember the lads buried in this graveyard, let us all take a moment today to remember all those who have fallen in the pursuit of the Republic that was declared at the GPO in Dublin 94 years ago today. Many many Irish Men and Women throughout the years have fought to attain the goals of the Easter proclaimation. and many have paid the ultimate price. Each individual has their own story, and each is sadly missed by those who mourn them. The decision to participate in war to rid the country of the British Colianilists, is not one that has ever been taken lightly, but one taken when there is no other option. The risks of engaging the enemy are well known, but none of the lads shirked or waivered in their totall committment to the fight for Irish freedom. Their sacrafice should be an inspiration to us all. The fact that we have not yet attained the removal of the British empire from the whole of the island of Ireland, and the establishment of a 32 county Socialist Republic, in no way means that this was a fight we should not have taken up. The Easter rising itself did not produce an outright victory for the participants. However the sacrafices made that day when the republic was declared inspired generations to take up the fight. The struggle evolves and moves on. As long as there are British forces occupying this land, there will always be those who resist. Tommy, Eoin and Crip are testement to that, three of many who died. Let us remember them all today.

 

 

 

 

Eoin

 

It is hard to believe that 20 years have now passed since Eoins murder. 20 years since we stood here, most of us shell shocked, unable to fathom what had gone on. As we left the graveyard we had more questions than answers. Why did this happen, who could have done this, and the accusations of treachery against Eoin. The smear campaign that was levelled against Eoins character was a desperate attempt by those who killed him, and their apologists, to defend the indefensible. To accuse Eoin of betraying the Republican struggle shows how little those who made the accusations actually knew of the man himself. Anyone who called Eoin a friend, and there were many, as we can see here today, would never believe such scurrilous lies. Eoin dedicated his all to short life to the struggle, you would find it hard to find someone who immersed themselves more in Irish history and was totally focused in the defense of the people of Newry from the occupying force, than Eoin.

20 years ago, after we left this graveyard the story could have ended there, after all Eoin was one of thousands who lost ther lives. However us his family, and you his friends were never gullible or naive enough to swallow the lies peddled by Eoins killers. The whole thing stank from start to finish. My mum, Eilish, driven by her maternal instincts and a burning desire for the truth to out and justice for Eoin, embarked on a campaign that would eventually lead to us uncovering the truth behind Eoins murder. The more she probed and refused to be fobbed off, the more the cloak slipped on what actually happened on Easter Sunday 1990. I know you will agree with me  that she has been a credit to Eoin through her determination to have the lies dispelled and those responsible held to account.

The lies that were the accusations levelled against Eoin were finally fully withdrawn in 2007, the Provisional movement finally retracting any fig leaf of so called justification that remained. The police ombudsman's report in 2005 and its findings that the RUC special branch shielded Eoins killers, allowing them to plan Eoins Murder and escape any justice afterwards finally seen the final pieces of the jigsaw coming together. The whole story has now turned full circle. Far from Eoin betraying the Republican cause, it now transpires that Eoin was killed because he was a Republican, murdered by a British intelligence controlled death squad. They seen that Eoin was a Republican of uncompromising strength. They seen that Eoin was a Republican who could motivate others and most of all they seen Eoin as a threat to the British establishment that they had to neutralise. The story that developed finally gave us the answers to those questions that we had when we left here in 1990.  I am sure there is more to come in the coming years as the quest for justice goes on, but Eoin can rest easy knowing that his character is fully intact. A true republican whos spirit outshone those who hid behind a cloak of Republicanism to carry out the work of the British. it is ironic that those who accused Eoin in 1990 of betraying the Republican cause, now find themselves found guilty of that exact charge. RIP Eoin Morley, a true son of Ireland.

 

 

 

Easter week

 

I think that the statement of James Connolly, made as he awaited the firing squad in Kilminham Jail is as pertinant today as it was in 1916. Connolly perfectly encapsulated and indeed predicted the future for the struggle in Ireland. His words illustrated why the likes of Tommy, Eoin and Crip, among countless others, could not stand idly by as the occupation of the country remained.  Connolly statement reads as follows:

To the Field General Court Martial, held at Dublin Castle, on May 9th, 1916:

I do not wish to make any defence except against charges of wanton cruelty to prisoners. These trifling allegations that have been made, if they record facts that really happened deal only with the almost unavoidable incidents of a hurried uprising against long established authority, and nowhere show evidence of set purpose to wantonly injure unarmed persons.

We went out to break the connection between this country and the British Empire, and to establish an Irish Republic. We believed that the call we then issued to the people of Ireland, was a nobler call, in a holier cause, than any call issued to them during this war, having any connection with the war. We succeeded in proving that Irishmen are ready to die endeavouring to win for Ireland those national rights which the British Government has been asking them to die to win for Belgium. As long as that remains the case, the cause of Irish freedom is safe.

Believing that the British Government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland, and never can have any right in Ireland, the presence, in any one generation of Irishmen, of even a respectable minority, ready to die to affirm that truth, makes that Government for ever a usurpation and a crime against human progress.

I personally thank God that I have lived to see the day when thousands of Irish men and boys, and hundreds of Irish women and girls, were ready to affirm that truth, and to attest it with their lives if need be.

 

JAMES CONNOLLY,

Commandant-General, Dublin Division,

Army of the Irish Republic

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Once again I would like to thank you all for coming.  Your support, not just today, but over the years has helped immensly. Let us go from here, not in sadness, but rememberance and pride for our fallen friends. I was lucky to have been able to call Eoin my brother. I am also very lucky to call Tommy, Eoin and Crip my friends. But most of all, like a lot of you present here today will affirfm, It was an honour to call Tommy, Eoin and Crip, my comrades............Rest easy comrades..



April 6, 2010 at 5:59 PM Flag Quote & Reply

irish32
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That is nicely written above....the truth has to count for something.  There is a lot of injustice in the North of Ireland to too many families.  I will never give up the hope in the Irish people finding answers to their lost ones, whether they were Irish Volunteers or just simply Catholics....these families need the truth.

April 7, 2010 at 9:10 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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