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You may kill the revolutionary but never the revolution..
By ballot or gun Our day Will come.
An Ireland Unfree shall never be at peace…An Ireland not merely free but Gaelic aswell.
If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.
The biggest compliment you can give to your enemy is to speak Their language.
It is an armed resistance against an armed occupation.
A true peace will come when Ireland is one.
Englands difficulty is Eire’s opportunity.
Burn everything British but their coal.
Our language has been stolen from us. It is our duty to win it back!
Freedom is a state of mind.
It’s time to embrace the superior race.
Rise up oh dead of Ireland and rouse our living men, the chance has come to us to at last win our own again..
Life springs from death and from the graves of dead patriot men and women spring living nations…
Ní síocháin go Saoirse.
It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most who will conquer.
Ireland free from the centre to the sea.
The road to freedom is paved with suffering, hardships, and torture , carry on my gallant and brave comrades until that certain day…
Tír gan teanga - tír gan anam.
Is í slánú na Gaeilge athghabhail na saoirse..
Beatha teanga í a labhairt.
'Se Gaeilge caint na hEireann.
Is í labhairt a dteanga an moladh is mó is féidir linn a thabhairt do namhaid.
Is Gael mise agus táim bródúil as!
Is í Eire an t-aon bhallstát nach bhfuil a teanga naisiunta ina teanga oifigiuil den A.E.
Ós í an Ghaeilge an teanga náisiúnta is í an príomhtheanga oifigiúil í..
Ní tír gan teanga.
"Let no man write my epitaph; for as no man who knows my motives dares not vindicate them, let no prejudice or ignorance asperse them... When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written."- Robert Emmet
"To subvert the tyranny of our execrable government, to break the connection with England, the never-failing source of all our political evils and to assert the independence of my country- these were my objectives. To unite the whole people of Ireland, to abolish the memory of all past dissensions, and to substitute the common name of Irishman in place of the denominations of Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter - these were my means."- Theobald Wolfe Tone
“Our freedom must be had at all hazards. If the men of property will not help us they must fall; we will free ourselves by the aid of that large and respectable class of the community - the men of no property.” - Theobald Wolfe Tone
" Many suffer so that some day all Irish people may know justice and peace.." Theobald Wolfe Tone
"The English government having determined not to respect my rights as a French citizen and officer, and summoned me before a court martial, I have been sentenced to death . . . I have served the Republic faithfully, and my death, as well as that of my brother, a victim like myself, and condemned in the same manner about a month ago, will sufficiently prove it . . . I have sacrificed for the Republic all that man holds dear - my wife, my children, my liberty, my life." - Theobald Wolfe Tone
"It is the union of minds which ought to bind these nation together.” Address by the Society of United Irishmen to the English society of Friends of the People in October 1791.
"Brave Irishmen, our cause is common. Like you we hold as
indefeasible the right of all nations to liberty."
- from General Humbert's Proclamation 22nd August 1798
"The Irish Protestant could never be free until the Irish Catholic ceased to be a slave. " Henry Grattan.
“Educate, that you might be free. We are most anxious to get the quiet, strong minded people who are scattered throughout the country to see the force of this great truth.”- Thomas Davis
"A people without a language of its own is only half a nation. A nation should guard its language more than its territories, 'tis a surer barrier and a more important frontier than mountain or river." - Thomas Davis
“As well might you leave the fairies to plough your land or the idle winds to sow it, as sit down and wait for freedom.” - Thomas Davis
“The principle I state, and mean to stand on is this, that the ownership of Ireland, moral and material, up to the sun and down to the centre is vested in the people of Ireland.”- James Fintin Lawlor
"Abject tears, and prayers submissive -
Have they eyes, and cannot see?
Never a country gained her freedom
when she sued on bended knee.
- Jane Francesca Elgee (Speranza)
"Whenever a death-blow is to be struck at this vile despotism that crushes our land, I trust in heaven I will be there to strike" - Terence Bellow McManus, 1848
"All men are born with equal rights, and in associating together to protect one another and share public burdens, justice demands that such associations should rest upon a basis which maintains equality instead of destroying it. We therefore declare that, unable longer to endure the curse of monarchical government, we aim at founding a republic, based on universal suffrage, which shall secure to all the intrinsic value of their labour.” The Fenians, Irish Republic - Proclamation! The Irish People to the World, 1867.
"I came to the resolve that the attempt was not only worth trying, but should be tried in the very near future if we wanted at all to keep our flag flying; for I was sure as of my own existence that if another decade was allowed to pass without an endeavour of some kind or another to shake off an unjust yoke, the Irish people would sink into lethargy from which it would be impossible for any patriot . . . to arouse them . . ." - James Stephens, Reminiscences, Weekly Freeman. 9th February 1884.
"My three-thousand mile walk through Ireland convinced me of one thing - the possibility of organising a proper movement for the independence of my native land." - James Stephens Reminiscences, Weekly Freeman. 9th February 1884.
"I want no mercy -I'll have no mercy . . .I'll die as many thousands have died, for the sake of their beloved land and in defence of it. I will die proudly and triumphantly, in defence of republican principals and the liberty of an oppressed people" - William Allen, 1867.
"I have nothing to regret, to retract or take back . . . I can only say; God Save Ireland!" - Edward Condon, 1867.
"Every individual born on Irish soil constitutes . . . a unit of that nation without reference to race or religious belief" - John O'Mahony
"They have done their worst, and continued to deny me even the privileges accorded to the common herd . . . but I am sustained by the consciousness of my imputed 'crime' being an honourable one" - Michael Davitt, Dartmoor prison, 1867.
"I shall join the revolutionary movement, of course" Michael Davitt's reply to Parnell when asked what he intended to do after his release from prison in 1877. Davitt served seven years in prison for his Fenian activities. He was released as part of a general amnesty granted to Fenian prisoners.
"We who hold his (Wolfe Tone) principles believe that any movement which would successfully grapple with the problem of national freedom must draw its inspiration not from the mouldering records of the past, but from the glowing hopes of the living present, the vast possibilities of the mighty future." - James Connolly
“If you remove the English Army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle., unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts will be in vain. England will still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs”. - James Connolly, from Socialism and Nationalism in Shan Van Vocht, January 1897
"Only the Irish working class remains as the incorruptible inheritors of the fight for freedom in Ireland." - James Connolly, from Labour in Irish History, July 1910
"We believe in constitutional action in normal times; we believe in revolutionary action in exceptional times."James Connolly, from The Workers Republic, 4 December 1915.
" If you strike at , imprison , or kill us out of our prisons or graves we will evoke a spirit that will thwart you and perhaps raise a force that will destroy you ! We defy you! Do your worst!! " James Connolly.
"Yes, ruling by fooling, is a great British art with great Irish fools to practice on." - James Connolly From The Irish Worker, September 1914
"The Irish Republic must be made a word to conjure with – a rallying point for the disaffected, a haven for the oppressed, a point of departure for the socialist, enthusiastic in the cause of human freedom." James Connolly.
"The british govt has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland ,never can have any right in Ireland " James Connolly.
"All these mountains of Irish dead, all these corpses mangled beyond recognition, all these arms, legs, eyes, ears, fingers, toes, hands, all these shivering putrefying bodies and portions of bodies once warm living and tender parts of Irish men and youths – all these horrors in Flanders or the Gallipoli Peninsula, are all items in the price Ireland pays for being part of the British Empire." - James Connolly From The Workers' Republic, 20 November 1915.
"Apostles of Freedom are ever idolised when dead, but crucified when alive." - James Connolly From The Workers' Republic, 13 August 1898
"Wherever there is a great demand for female labour, as in Belfast we find that the women tend to become the chief support of the house. Driven out to work at the earliest possible age, she remains fettered to her wage earning- a slave for life. Marriage does not mean for her a rest from outside labour, it usually means that, to the outside labour, she has added the duty of a double domestic toil. Her life is darkened from the outset by poverty, and the drudgery to which poverty is born, and the starvation of intellect follows as an inevitable result upon the too early drudgery of the body. Of what use to such sufferers can be the re-establishment of any form of Irish State if it does not embody the emancipation of womanhood?"- James Connolly, The Re-Conquest of Ireland, 1915
"We are out for Ireland for the Irish. But who are the Irish? Not the rack-renting, slum owning landlord; not the sweating, profit-grinding capitalist; not the sleek and oily lawyer; not the prostitute pressman - the hired liars of the enemy . . . but the Irish working class . . . The cause of labour is the cause of Ireland. The cause of Ireland is the cause of labour. They cannot be dissevered . . . Therefore, on Sunday, April 16th, the Green Flag of Ireland will be solemnly hoisted over Liberty Hall." James Connolly, Commander of the Citizen Army, writing in the Workers' Republic to alert members of the imminent Rising, April 8, 1916.
"We went out to break the connection between this country and the British empire, and to establish an Irish Republic . . .believing that the British government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland, and never can have any right in Ireland, the presence, in any one generation of Irish men, or even a respectable minority ready to die, to affirm that truth, makes the government forever a usurpation and a crime against human progress . . . We succeeded in proving that Irishmen are ready to die endeavouring to win for Ireland those national rights which the British government has been asking them to win for Belgium . . . I personally thank God that I have lived to see the day when thousands of Irish men and boys and hundreds of Irish women and girls, were ready to affirm that truth, and to attest it with their lives, if need be . . . We shall rise again! - James Connolly, court martial 9 May 1916.
“Education should foster; this education is meant to repress. Education should inspire this education is meant to tame. Education should harden; this education is meant to enervate. The English are too wise a people to attempt to educate the Irish in any worthy sense. As well expect them to arm us”. Pádraig Pearse, from The Murder Machine
"We pledge ourselves to follow in the steps of Tone, never to rest, either by day or by night, until his work is accomplished, deeming it the proudest of all privileges to fight for freedom, to fight, not in despondency, but in great joy, hoping for the victory in our day, but fighting on whether victory seem far or near . . . accounting ourselves base as long as we endure the evil thing against which he testified with his blood". Padraig Pearse, address at grave of Wolfe Tone in Bodenstown churchyard June 22, 1913.
"They think they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half. They think they have foreseen everything, think that they 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, in oration at funeral in Glasnevin of Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, August 1, 1915.
"We bleed that the nation may live. I die that the nation may live. Damn your concessions England, we want our country." - -Seán Mac Diarmada
"Ireland that has wronged no man, that has injured no land, that has sought
dominion over others. Ireland is treated today among other nations of the world as if she was a convicted criminal. If it be treason to fight against such an unnatural fate as this, then I am proud to be a rebel and shall cling to my rebellion with the last drop of my blood." Roger Casement
"Self government is our right, a thing born to us at birth a thing no more to be doled out to us by another people then the right to life itself then the right to feel the sun or smell the flowers or to love our kind." Roger Casement.
“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.” The 1916 Proclamation
"We seem to have lost. We have not lost. To refuse to fight would have been to lose; to fight is to win. We have kept faith with the past, and handed on a tradition to the future." Padraig Pearse, at court-martial on day before his execution, May2, 1916.
"Ireland has seen her sons - aye, and her daughters too! - suffer from generation to generation, always for the same cause, meeting the same fate, and always at the hands of the same power. Still, always a fresh generation has passed on to withstand the same opposition . . . the Unionist champions chose a path which they felt would lead to the woolsack, while I went down the road I knew must lead to the dock, and the event proved we were both right". Roger Casement, in speech from the dock during trial in London for treason, June 30, 1916.
“You cannot conquer Ireland. You cannot extinguish the Irish passion
for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom, then our children
will win by a better deed.” Pádraig Pearse.
"As long as Ireland is unfree the only honourable attitude for Irish men/women to have is an attitude of rebellion." Pádraig Pearse
"Nothing additional remains to be said. That volley which we have just heard is the only speech which is proper to make above the grave of a dead Fenian". Michael Collins, in oration at the funeral of Tomas Ashe who died on hunger strike, September 30, 1917.
"Put him in to get him out". Sinn Féin election slogan that helped win Longford by-election for republican Joe McGuinness in Lewes Prison. May 9,1917.
"The Irish Volunteers are the Army of the Irish Republic". An tÓglach (the Volunteer magazine) announcing the birth of the IRA, August 1, 1918.
"Sinn Féin gives Ireland the opportunity of vindicating her honour and pursuing with renewed confidence the path of national salvation by rallying to the flag of the Irish Republic. Sinn Féin aims at securing the establishment of that Republic. (1) By withdrawing the Irish representation from the British Parliament . . . (2) By making use of any and every means available to render impotent the power of England to hold Ireland in subjection by military force or offensive." Sinn Féin, manifesto for December 14th election.
"We, the elected representatives of the ancient Irish people in National Parliament assembled, do, in the name of the Irish nation, ratify the establishment of the Irish Republic and pledge ourselves and our people to make this declaration effective by every means at our command." - Dáil Éireann, January 21, 1919.
“It shall be the first duty of the government of the Republic to make provision for the physical, mental and spiritual well being of the children, to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing or shelter.” - The 1919 Democratic Programme of the First Dáil
“We, in the name of the republic, declare the right, of every citizen to an adequate share of the produce of the nation’s labour.” - The 1919 Democratic Programme of the First Dáil
"Lincoln . . . fought to abolish slavery, you fight to maintain it." Erskine Childers, as member of the Dáil, replying to a claim by the British Prime Minister, Lloyd George, on December 22, 1919, that Ireland was attempting to secede like the American southern states prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War.
"Let us drop talking and get on with our work." Michael Collins, as IRA Director of Organisation, in a phrase that became his hallmark. December7, 1920.
"The republic stands for truth and honour. For all that is noblest in our race. By truth and honour, principle and sacrifice alone will Ireland be free." - Liam Mellows
"If liberty is not entire it is not liberty." Eamon DeValera.
"“If a man has not found something worth fighting for than he is not fit to live.” - Martin Luther King.
"The ending of partition was inevitable because Eire was one nation by history and tradition , by facts of race, geography, and economy.." (Costello)
" We have no right to believe that freedom can be won without struggle." Che Guevera.
“It is necessary to explain what the Cuban revolution is, what this special affair is that has made the blood of the empires of the world boil, and has made the blood of the dispossessed of the world…boil, but with hope.
“It is an agrarian, anti-feudal, and anti-imperialist revolution, transformed by its internal evolution and by external aggressions into a socialist revolution.
“It is a socialist revolution that took land from those who had much and gave it to those who worked on that land as hired hands, or distributed it in the form of co-operatives among other groups of persons who had no land to work, not even as hired hands.
“It is a revolution that came to power with its own army and on the ruins of the army of oppression.” Ché Guevara speaking at the Inter-American Economic and Social Council, 8 August 1961
"They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn't want to be broken." - Bobby Sands
"If they aren't able to destroy the desire for freedom, they won't break you. They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then we'll see the rising of the moon". “Ní bhrisfidh siad mé mar tá an fonn saoirse agus saoirse mhuintir na hEireann i mo chroí. Tiocfaidh lá éigin nuair a bheidh an fonn saoirse seo le taispeáint ag daoine go léir na hEireann ansin tchífidh muid eirí na gealaí.” - Bobby Sands, martyred 1981
“Our revenge will be the
laughter of our children.” Bobby Sands
“Tiocfaidh ár lá!” Bobby Sands
" Never will they label our liberation struggle as criminal" Bobby Sands
"Everyone, republican or otherwise has their own particular part to play." Bobby Sands
"We must see our present fight right through to the end . Generations will continue to meet the same fate unless the perennial oppressor –Britain- is removed for she will unashamedly and mercilessly continue to maintain her occupation and economic exploitation of Eire until judgement day if she is not halted and ejected…" Bobby Sands
"I’ll wear no convicts uniform nor meekly serve my time that Britain might brand Irelands fight 800 years of crime.."Bobby Sands
“It did not seem to me that prejudice, poverty, discrimination, repression and racism were confined to the North of Ireland. I could see them everywhere I spoke and still cannot comprehend the mentality that argues that I should have pretended not to see them, because it wasn’t my business.” - Bernadette Devlin
"The Irish Republican Army is committed to ending British rule in Ireland.
It is the root cause of division and conflict in our country. We want a permanent
peace and therefore we are prepared to enhance the search for a democratic peace
settlement through real and inclusive negotiations." IRA statement announcing
cessation of military operations on 20th July 1997