23 March 2005 Edition

St Patrick's Day cancelled in Glasgow

23 March 2005

As the rest of the Diaspora celebrated St Patrick's Day, the Irish community in Scotland's largest city were denied that opportunity. The planned march in Glasgow was cancelled by organisers, following repeated attempts by Strathclyde police and Glasgow City Council to impose unprecedented conditions and costs. This is just the latest in a long line of attacks on Irish rights in Scotland. Free article

Celebrating St Patrick in London

23 March 2005

Tens of thousands of people came together to transform London's West End into one large celebration of St Patrick's Day on Sunday 12 March. A parade involving flags, floats and bands from Counties Associations, trade unions, Gaelic sports organisations, political and campaigning groups, and many others was led by London's Mayor Ken Livingstone, Irish Ambassador Daithí Ó Cealaigh and guests from the political parties in Ireland, including Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP. Free article

Belfast celebrates despite the begrudgers

23 March 2005

Around 40 children from the Cumann na Fuiseoige GAA Club, along with their parents, took a break from their weekly training session to lead the West Belfast St Patrick's Day Parade from Dunville Park to Belfast City Hall. Free article

Tom Smith honoured in Dublin

23 March 2005

Over 150 Dublin republicans attended the annual Volunteer Tom Smith commemoration. Last Thursday, St Patrick's Day, marked the 30th anniversary of the IRA Volunteer's killing by 26-County soldiers in 1975, during an escape attempt from Portlaoise Prison. The annual Tom Smith commemoration followed his original funeral route from St Joseph's church on Berkeley Road church to Glasnevin Cemetery. Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD was the main speaker. Free article

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Ógra Shinn Féin plant Liberty Tree

23 March 2005

The Tyrone Garden of Remembrance was the setting for the second event in West Tyrone Sinn Fein's calendar of events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sinn Fein. Free article

Murdered IRA Volunteer honoured

23 March 2005

"The family, friends and comrades of IRA Volunteer Keith Rogers know only too well the cost of criminality within our society and do not need lectures from self-appointed moral guardians like the Michael McDowells of this world telling us that the republican struggle to rid this country of British rule is criminal or corrupt," Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh told the annual commemoration of the young South Armagh IRA Volunteer, murdered by criminals in March 2002. Free article

Joe Cahill tribute organised by Ógra

23 March 2005

The restructured Belfast cumann of Ógra Shinn Féin is organising a tribute in honour of veteran republican Joe Cahill, who died in July last year. The tribute, in the form of a mural, is to be unveiled at a ceremony at Britton's Parade on Easter Saturday, with Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly as the main speaker. A newly-erected plaque in memory of dead republican activists and supporters from the area is also to be unveiled. Free article

Michael Barrett (1841-1868) - The forgotten Fenian from Fermanagh: By Fr Joe McVeigh

23 March 2005

The last public hanging in England took place in London, outside Newgate Prison (now the Old Bailey) on 26 May 1868. It was the hanging of an Irishman, a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, or the Fenians as they were called. His name was Michael Barrett and he came originally from the townland of Drumnagreshial in the Ederney-Kesh area of County Fermanagh. Free article

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