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Cork 32csm held a wreath laying ceremony today Saturday 7th December in memory of two IRA volunteers, Oglach Con Delaney and Oglach jeremiah Delaney.

 

Both volunteers along with their uncle William Dunlea, were ordered from their beds and marched out of their parents home at gunpoint by black and tans. They were then made to identify themselves and in doing so were instantly shot with rifles at point blank range. Jeremiah died instantly while Con died six days later. Their uncle William survived with two wounds. It is believed the murders were caried out in reprisal for a successful IRA ambush at the site of today's 'Collins barracks'.

 

We remember those brave volunteers of Ireland with pride.

Beir Bua!

 

 

 

 

Main Oration

 

'We gather here today to remember with great pride and to commemorate three brave Fenians, William Allen, Michael Larkin and Michael O’Brien better known as the Manchester Martyrs.

 

These three were innocent men that were victims of the British state wanting to send a message of deterrence to all those who make a stand against their wrong doings. a prison van was transporting two senior members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, as the prison van progressed up Hyde Road, Bellevue it was ambushed at the railway bridge by a group of Fenians, a gallant act that allowed the two senior members to escape, never to be recaptured.

 

After the ambush 29 Irish people were arrested, but only three of all who were arrested were to suffer the full extent of the British Governments evilness, these three men who came to be known as the Manchester martyrs, they were scapegoats, they were used to take the attention away from the major flaws in the British legal system, there was no evidence to support the claims that these three men were the individuals who fired the revolvers, there only crime was being Irish. These three men had their lives so cruelly snatched from them on 23rd November where they were publically hanged from a temporary structure built on the walls of a Salford Goal, the British Government were not content with publicly murdering 3 innocent Irishmen, they went on to burn all the remains that were exhumed from Strangeways prison, which rendered repatriation of their bodies, impossible.

 

For all those who have gathered here today, be proud. You all are evidence Irish Republicanism is stronger than ever before even here in England, and even after this major injustice they are still remembered with pride.

 

The Manchester Martyrs then as republicans today seek equality, justice and peace. The ongoing denial of Irish sovereignty by the British government remains the ongoing obstacle to a lasting peace. The Good Friday Agreement had at its core a British Sovereign claim to the six north eastern counties of Ireland. Those who signed this treaty did so with full knowledge of this. The demand for British withdrawal of their illegal claim to part of Ireland's national territory was never on the table or their minds. They are the traitors, and like others before them, they are Irelands shame.

 

As Prisoners the Manchester Martyrs suffered then, republican prisoners suffer today at the hand of those administering British rule in Ireland.

 

We send revolutionary greetings to the republican prisoners and remember with pride Irelands Patriotic dead. Onward to the Republic and liberation of the Irish People.

 

"They think that they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half. They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything; but the fools, the fools, the fools! - They have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace."– Padraig Pearse.

 

The Cumann also visited a graveside nearby where two former members of Cumann na mBan, sisters Catherine and Ellen Doherty, formerly of Lisacul, County Roscommon, are laid to rest. A wreath of flowers was left at the graveside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today we remember the founding father of Irish Republicanism, Theobald Wolfe Tone.

 

Wolfe Tone was the unrelenting voice of Irish Republicanism who saw the inextricable link between his nations division and exploitation and the British Empires occupation of Ireland.

 

Realising that equality, liberty and fraternity could only be achieved by insurrection, Wolfe Tone eventually set out to carry out a rebellion in Ireland. With the founding of the secret republican army called the 'United Irishmen' and seeking help from revolutionary France, Tone was instrumental.

 

Wolfe Tone was later captured when trying to land with French ship's in Ulster to support the rebellion of 1798. Tone was then captured and was denied a soldiers death as he had requested as a French officer and an Irish Republican. To avoid a criminals death, Theobald Wolfe Tone took his own life in his cell.

 

On a side note, the judge was condemned Wolfe Tone to death was to be later dragged from his carriage and hacked to death by the United Irishmen during Robert Emmett's 1803 rebellion.

 

We remember him today with Pride, and pledge ourselves to the continued pursuit of the goals for which he gave his life.

 

"Under the flag of the French Republic I originally engaged with a view to save and liberate my own country. For that purpose I have encountered the chances of war amongst strangers; for that purpose I repeatedly braved the terrors of the ocean, covered, as I knew it to be, with the triumphant fleets of that power which it was my glory and my duty to oppose. I have sacrificed all my views in life; I have courted poverty; I have left a beloved wife unprotected, and children whom I adored fatherless. After such a sacrifice, in a cause which I have always considered—conscientiously considered—as the cause of justice and freedom, it is no great effort, at this day, to add the sacrifice of my life." - Theobald Wolfe Tone.