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    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.”

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    Heard and enjoyed, riposte.

    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    The Eight of May

    On the eight of May to the world's dismay
    Four of Ireland's finest
    Were brutally shot down
    In the early dawn
    From their cells they were roughly drawn
    And marched to Kilmainham's yard
    To face the firing squad
    And none were spared.

    Conn Colbert was a Limerick lad who was born in eighty eight
    The part he played in 1916 no-one could under-rate
    He built the Fianna Eireann and had them well prepared
    And he took his leader's sentence so another man could be spared.
    He framed the Fianna motto so each Fianna boy was true
    His courage unsurpassed, he joined the Glorious Few.

    For the Fianna boy is.........

    Patriotic, Reliable, Diligent, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful
    Thrifty. Brave. Clean, Humble, Punctual and Temperate.

    Sean Heuston, the youngest executed was barely twenty-five
    He faced the firing squad with the most extraordinary pride.
    Unlike the others before him, his sentence was delayed
    So his family came to see him and with him they all prayed.

    “I might have fallen in action, as others have done, “ he said
    “And been far less prepared than I am for what now lies ahead
    But let there be no foolish talk of a wasted enterprise
    Where soldiers die so bravely our country will arise”

    “And I have no regrets at all, because Ireland will be free
    From the apex to the bottom and from the heartland to the sea “
    And when his execution was complete his countenance was transformed
    As with some angels' splendid light his corpse was all adorned.

    Poor Michael Mallin, the darling of Kilmainham
    He loved his wife dearly and his children so well
    But he loved Ireland wholly and was sore at her treatment
    At the hands of the British and he swore he'd give them hell.

    At his home at old Emmet road he trained his men tirelessly
    And smuggled the rifles along his garden wall
    While his children slept upstairs. his soldiers marched boldly
    From the edge of the Liffey all the way back to the Union Hall.

    From the College of Surgeons he fired at the Shelbourne
    But British fired back with their Gatling guns
    He was collared and marched with the great Countess Markievicz
    To Richmond for trial with South Dublin's other sons.

    He died a hero's death and left a legacy
    A soldier to the core he dreamed of Ireland free.

    At the South Dublin Union Eamonn Ceannt led his trusted men
    Into the battle with extraordinary valour
    As in their hundreds the lads from the long meadows
    rallied furiously and raised the tricolour

    For a full week they held their sacred ground without the least retreat
    And brought the British to despair as their casualties did increase
    and despite repeated reinforcements the Brits remained surrounded
    So that when the order to surrender came these rebels were astounded.

    When Eamonn Ceannt was condemned he faced his fate with the serenest fortitude
    and along with the other leaders at Arbor Hill he rests there now in solitude.

    Soon all Ireland was appalled at Britain's horrible crime
    and the sacrifice of these four men made the love of freedom shine
    deep in the hearts of the people so they too soon arose
    and brought Ireland's ancient struggle nearest to it's close.

    Michael O'Flanagan .......May 2015
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    Last edited by riposte; 10-05-2015 at 11:05 PM.
    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.”


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