10 September 1998 Edition
Slógadh Shinn Féin - Bain taitneamh as!
Beidh Slógadh Shinn Féin ar siúl san Ostán Creighton i gCluain Eois, Co. Mhuineacháin, 25-27 Meán Fómhair. Beidh Éiri Amach 1798 mar phriomhthéama ann. Beidh clár ar fáil ar ball, nuair atá na haoichainteoiri srl socraithe. Ba mhaith liom dá dtiocfadh leat an t-eolas faoin Slógadh a chur in iúl do na Gaeilgeoirí agus do Shinn Féin i do cheantar. Ba chóir go n-íocfadh gach cumann nó comhairle cheantair as táille ionadaí amháin.
Tá mé ag iarraidh eagrán d'iris Roinn An Chultúir, SAOIRSE, a chur le chéile fosta - ní raibh eagrán ann le 18 mí. Beidh roinnt altanna faoi Eiri Amach 1798, ach ba mhaith loim altanna faoi ábhair eile fosta - faoi na gnéithe éagsúla d'obair Shinn Féin, faoi chúrsaí Gaeilge, agus b'fhéidir gearrscéal agus roinnt filíochta. Ar an drochuair níl mórán ama againn má tá Saoirse le bheith réidh don Slógadh. Mar sin beidh na altanna de dhíth orm ag deireadh mhí lúil/tús mhí Lúnasa sa chaoi is go mbeidh an t-am againn an iris a chur in eagar agus ansin a chur chuig na clódóiri.
Beidh na cimí ag déanamh rás grinn i mí Lúnasa chun airgead a shaothrú do na Gaelscoileanna. Más féidir leat airgead a bhailiú i do cheantar, thig leat foirm a fháil ó Fhéilim O hAdhmaill, H8, An Cheis Fhada, Lios na gCearrbhach (Lisburn) Co. Aontroma.
Seo an trí rud atá idir lámha ag Roinn An Chultúir faoi láthair. Ba mhaith liom cur leis an obair seo amach anseo nuair atá nios mó daoine páirteach san obair, agus tá súil agam go bhfaighidh muid faill an cheist seo a phlé le linn an tSlógaidh. Má tá smaoineamh nó moladh ar bith agat, nó más féidir leat obair a dhéanamh i do cheantar féin, déan teagmháil liom ag an seoladh thuasluaite.
Go raibh maith agat
Micheál Mac Giolla Ghunna
Roinn An Chultúir
Hunger strike research
You recently published an appeal by myself, an MA student currently researching a thesis about the 1980s hunger-strikes.
Firstly, I would like to thank those who took time to respond - my research isn't over, and anyone with anything more to say about the strikes is welcome to contact me at the address below.
Secondly, I would like to appeal to ``Saoirse'' of South Derry to contact me again and leave a contact number/address. What you have to say is vital.
T Jones c/o Jean Brennan (Admin)
Dept of Politics
Tony Blair, in his statement to the House of Commons on Omagh (Hansard 2 September), made a fleeting reference to the first bomb warning to the Ulster Television newsroom which he said ``spoke of a bomb close to the courthouse in Main Street''. He did not mention the second warning to UTV or the call to the Samaritans at Coleraine.
William Thompson MP (West Tyrone) continued in the same way but briefly referred to the second call and only mentioned the Samaritans call by name. However, the reported version of the Samaritans warning said the car bomb ``was on the main street about 200 yards from the courthouse''.
Is the British government embarrassed by the disclosure of the Samaritans version and has something slipped out that was not intended? The details of these events were given to the British government by the RUC, a wholly discredited police force in the opinion of many people. From the beginning the events of the warning calls were so easily skated over by the authorities and the media that it was akin to totalitarianism.
Pikes in Cabra
In a letter to An Phoblacht on 3 September the Dublin Commemoration Committee stated that ``Dublin has not yet had the opportunity to applaud the pike men and women''. I would like to inform you that Cabra has already done so. Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club held a 1798 Commemoration Festival from 10-16 August.
It began with an interdenominational service, then there were various GAA and social activities during the week. On Saturday 15 August our members young and old paraded through the main streets of our community led by a contingent of the pike men and women to our local sportsfield. There a senior hurling tournament took place with teams from Dublin, Wicklow and West Belfast. The festival ended with a barbecue and traditional music on Sunday. The whole festival week was a huge success.