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Shamrock Poppy Badge Commissioned For Irish War Dead.

In Flanders Fields
(Poem by Canadian physician Major John McCrae)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


A Shamrock Poppy badge emblem, to recognises all the Irish soldiers who fought in World War I, has been commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War, by the Irish branch of the Royal British Legion.

The emblem remembers the 206,000 Irishmen who took part in the fighting; 26,500 of whom, alas, lost their lives in various battles.

Proceeds from this newly commissioned Shamrock Poppy will go to Irish veterans and their families, with a segment retained to go towards the upkeep of memorials to Irish soldiers here in the Republic. Shamrock Poppies can be obtained from the Irish branch of the Royal British Legion.

The full story behind Poppy Sunday can be found HERE.

This commissioned emblem is symbolic of the greater recognition recently afforded in the Republic of Ireland, to the Irishmen who for various reasons chose to fight and die, serving as they did, in the British Army in World War 1, in the years prior to our independence.

The Irish Government previously broke with convention, by attending a Remembrance Day Sunday service in Northern Ireland at Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh; laying a plain laurel wreath at the town’s war memorial back in 2012, and have done so for every year since then.

This year a representative of the Irish Republic is also expected to attend a service in Enniskillen on next Sunday, November 11th, as the local community marks the 30th anniversary of the notorious IRA Poppy Day bombing in the town, back on that dreadful day on November 8th, 1987.

The Enniskillen IRA Poppy Day bombing, totally disgraced and dishonoured IRA membership to it’s very foundation; this action leading to the spurring of fresh efforts by concerned Irish nationalists, towards finding an agreed political solution to what had now become a cowardly and repulsive bloody conflict.


National Folklore Collection Features 100 Tipperary Images

Some 100 images from around Co. Tipperary, including images from Thurles and Holycross, have now been uploaded to the recently launched and redesigned Dúchas (Translated into English meaning ‘Heritage’) Website.  These images can be viewed and indeed downloaded from HERE.

Date: 1945. House Location: Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Photograph: Courtesy Caoimhín Ó DanachairSo who is the woman hiding behind the pillar to the left of the dwelling and where was the house once locally situated? Do you recognize it? We would love to know.

This digitized version of the National Folklore Photographic Collection was launched at the National Library by the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Mr Joe McHugh.

This photographic collection remains the latest supplementary source to be uploaded to the Dúchas website, where, in all some 10,000 photographs having been digitized, catalogued and now made available to the Irish people and the Irish diaspora.

Possibly the largest number of the photographs featured, date from the early 20th century, taken by professional photographers and those working with the National Folklore Commission, and others.

Current surfers of the Dúchas website can be tracked to locations in the USA, Australia, Canada, and the British Isles, most anxious to trace and research local history and native folklore provided, from almost every parish in Ireland.


Believe It Or Not, Today Was International Day Of Non-Violence

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
“Violence is the weapon of the weak, non-violence that of the strong.”
“A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty”.

[Quotes made during the life of Mahatma Gandhi.]

Looking at the behaviour our planet on just today alone, it is difficult to contemplate that, yes, today Monday, October 2nd, is the International Day of Non-violence, in honour of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi in 1942 (Picture Dinodia Photos/Getty Images)

The once leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule, Gandhi was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2nd, 1869 and was assassinated on January 30th 1948, in his 79th year, by a Hindu nationalist, one Nathuram Godse, latter who had links with the extremist right-wing Hindu Mahasabha political party. Gandhi, alas, died when his assassin fired three bullets from a 9mm Beretta pistol into his chest at point-blank range.

The birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, on today Oct. 2nd 2017, is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti, (meaning Gandhi Jubilee or festival) an official national holiday celebrated in India, usually by prayer meetings, commemorative ceremonies in different cities, in colleges, local government institutions and socio-political institutions. Painting and essay competitions are conducted as projects in schools and communities, encouraging discussion on a non-violent way of life.

On June 7, 1893, while travelling from Durban to Pretoria, Gandhi was asked to leave the first-class compartment on a train and move to the van compartment, despite having purchased a first-class ticket. When he refused, he was physically thrown from the carriage. This incident transformed Gandhi from the extremely shy, struggling barrister into a political activist, who would from that time go on to oppose all racial discrimination.

Likewise, while working in South Africa, Gandhi again faced discrimination, because of the colour of his skin. He was not allowed to sit with European passengers in a stagecoach and was told he had to sit on the floor next to the driver. He was then beaten when he refused. Indians during that time were not allowed to walk on public footpaths in South Africa, which led to him being kicked into a gutter by a police officer, for daring to walk near a house.

In yet another occasion, he was thrown off a train at Pietermaritzburg, having refusing to leave the first-class compartment. Here in protest he remained sitting in the train station, shivering all night, seriously considering whether he should return to India, or protest in support of his human rights. Thankfully he chose the latter and was allowed to board the train next day.

Known with the great respect as the “Father of the Nation” in India, Gandhi went on to play a pioneering role in India’s struggle for independence, emerging as a global icon of non-violent protest.

In the words of Dr Martin Luther King; “Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, he is inescapable. We may ignore him at our own risk.”

Surely today these prophetic words, by Dr King, regarding Gandhi, must reverberate across the world, in light of today and other more recent happenings.


‘Atlas Of The Irish Revolution’ Published Today

Cork University Press today published, “Atlas of the Irish Revolution” regarded by history commentators as being the most comprehensive treatment of Ireland’s revolutionary years, from 1912 to 1923.

The Atlas of the Irish Revolution; edited by John Crowley, Mike Murphy, Donal Ó Drisceoil with associate editor John Borgonovo, weighs 5kg and contains just under 1000 pages, featuring hundreds of maps, photographs, paintings and other illustrations.

The publication presents the history of the Irish Revolution in a truly vivid and scholarly way, while using many photos and archival documents that have rarely been seen by the Irish public.

All key events are covered, through some 140 contributions from leading scholars; discussing the Home Rule Crisis, the First World War, the Easter Rising, the First Dáil, the War of Independence, the Treaty and the Civil War.

The roles of women and workers are also highlighted, as are the experiences of Ulster Unionists, Southern Protestants and Irish people in British uniforms.


Fr. Joseph – Welcome Home To Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipp.

The Deserted Village
“And, as a hare, whom hounds and horns pursue, Pants to the place from whence at first she flew…”
Oliver Goldsmith (1728–1774).

Pictured Above: Fr. Joseph Ryan (Larry Ryan), as he prepares to return to Norway with cheese donated by the Hayes family, Liathmore, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, pictured with local priest Rev. Fr. George Bourke, latter donating a copy of the History of Pouldine School, outside the Ryan family home, Thurles Rd., Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Local correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe reports:-
On holiday this month with his family, who reside at Thurles Rd., Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, is Fr. Joseph Ryan (Larry Ryan) who has spent the last 25 years at the Cistercian Monastery in Mellifont Co. Louth. Fr. Joseph has been recently moved, on a permanent basis, to a new Monastery, which is at an early construction stage, in Norway. Currently the community is small with two priests and two brothers and a fifth member due to join them shortly.

The sale of home-made Monastery cheese currently helps pay the communities bills and on a recent visit to the sixth century Monastic site at Liathmore, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles; associated with Saint Mocheomog(1); Fr. Joseph is reminded that today cheese making, on these same ancient monastic lands, continues to be carried on by the Hayes family. Mr Donal Hayes, on behalf of the Tipperary Cheese Company, gladly donated tubs of their soft cheese, which Fr. Joseph will now share with his brothers back in Norway.

(1) St. Mocheomog or Pulcherius, who studied under St. Comgall at Bangor and afterwards founded monasteries in Leinster and Munster; is said to have been born circa 550 A.D. and to have died at Leigh (Liath, Liathmore) in Co. Tipperary, on March 13th, (Year Unknown) at a great age.

Rev. Fr. George Bourke, in one of his final gestures as Parish Priest (PP) of Moycarkey-Borris-Littleton parish, presented Fr. Joseph with a copy of the Pouldine School History (Pouldine School – Inné agus Inniu) which has an excellent article by former Principal Mr Liam O’Donoghue, on the history of Liathmore.

Fr. Joseph met with members of the local ‘Legion of Mary’, and indeed attributes his calling to the times spent helping at the ‘Morning Star Men’s Hostel’, in Dublin city.

Fr. Joseph takes with him the best wishes of Moycarkey-Borris-Littleton parish community and for those wishing to contact him or spend some time on retreat, his address is Fr. Joseph Ryan, Munkeby (meaning ‘Place of the Monks’) Mariakloster, Munkeby Veger 310, Levanger, 7608, Norway.