The Ballad Of The Irish Revolution

Oh, let us recall the courage of the volunteers
Of Nineteen and Sixteen who willingly gave
Their lives for the freedom of Ireland.
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Justified in their actions through the existence of
Foreign occupation and the denial of a nation's
Right to self-determine its own future.
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Unfortunately, the Easter Revolution ended in failure
Because of the numbers the republicans encountered
And the betrayal of others who took over in Leadership.
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Yes, the proclaimed 'Republic' has yet to function in-Spite of the 1918 election results and the continuing Occupation by Britain against the will of the majority Of our people.
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But the concept of democracy in time will be realised And a new Ireland will become a magnificent Memorial to the volunteers who gave their all in Nineteen and Sixteen.
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Liam Ó Comáin

An Irish poet now living in Derry City but originally from Limavady in County Derry in the north of the Island. more…

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