CLARE DALY TD & MICK WALLACE TD BEFORE ENNIS KANGAROO COURT FOR TRYING TO SEARCH US MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANES. WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2014 @ 10.30AM
The Galway Alliance Against War has invited a retired Irish army officer, Commandant Edward Horgan, to present an insider’s view of the Irish Defence Forces. This public talk will be held in Richardson’s, Eyre Sq, Galway on Wednesday 26th November at 8pm. This wide-ranging presentation is free to all to attend.
A GAAW spokesperson explained the group’s reasoning behind holding such an event: “To many the Irish Defence Forces are an unknown entity. Sure, we all know soldiers, but what about those who run and control the armed forces – the officer class and the mandarins in the Dept of Defence. Do they have a particular mindset and has it changed over the years?
“The Irish Army has played an outstanding and often extremely dangerous role in UN peacekeeping missions from the Congo in the 1960s to the Lebanon and the Golan Heights today. For decades the Irish Defence Forces were reared on a government policy of Irish neutrality. It has served both Ireland and our soldiers well – both have been held in great respect internationally. But has the situation changed and if so, how and why?”
Edward Horgan set out briefly for the Galway Advertiser his background and the reasons he joined the Irish Armed Forces: “My father was a very big Kerry farmer. He was six foot two, but we only had 45 very poor quality acres of land. I joined the Irish army, whose structure is based on the British Imperial army, as a Cadet in 1963 and served in the Middle East on three UN peacekeeping mission, getting nearly killed on a few occasions. I joined the army because I needed a job and going to the Congo or some such place promoting international peace sounded more exciting that emigrating to England to work on the buildings. Getting killed is not nice.
“While not fully a warmonger, my specialities included armoured warfare and riot control. One of my last appointments was as Officer Commanding the 1st Tank Squadron, and after I retired I was really pissed off when I found that "my" Tank Squadron was sent to Shannon airport for the George Bush visit in 2004 to deal with the likes of me as a protestor.
“I have done quite a bit of work as a civilian monitoring elections in conflict prone countries, such as Ukraine, East Timor, Pakistan, Congo, Zimbabwe etc. Having seen war first hand, I don't recommend it. There are much better ways of organising our national and international affairs - like making peace by peaceful means.”
In September 2003 Edward Horgan returned his UN medals in protest at Ireland’s participation in the Iraq war.
For further information: Niall Farrell 087-9159787 or 792297
Bringing Confucius to Connemara. Saturday the 6th of December at 2 p.m. at the office of Comhairle Ceantar na nOilean, Leitir Mór Connemara
A lively meeting to take place to discuss Confucius and golf. The spot light will be on Seán O Loingsigh who is founding a college for young people to learn golf and practice through spoken Irish. Seán’s mission is to use the ethics of Confucius to inspire the young people. Some will know that Connemara has always been aware of Confucian principles in their own Gaelic traditions such as the meitheal (the old Irish tradition where people in rural communities gathered together on a neighbours farm to help save the hay or some other crop). Some of this event will be filmed to be part of the forthcoming documentary directed by Margaretta D’arcy about The Connemara Isles Golf Course. Followed by light refreshments and music. Speakers will include golfers, non golfers and philosophers. It will be bi-lingual. All Welcome
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Directions: Follow the Spiddal Road until you come to a Texaco Garage in Casla. Take a right hand turn after the garage, you will see the radio station on the right. Continue on straight until you cross two bridges then follow the road for 2km. on the left you will see a white industrial estate. Comhairle Ceantar na nOilean is in here.
Shannonwatch invite groups and individuals from around Ireland to join them for peace event at Shannon Airport on the first Sunday of every month at 2 pm, to protest about the US military use of the airport.