Volunteer Charles Carrigan Cumann

Thursday, October 14, 2010

March & Function In Support Of POW's

Liverpool Address

The Anglo Irish conflict is not resolved. The British Parliament and Crown still maintains a sovereign claim over part of Ireland. Acts of insurgency against this claim continue. Irish POW’s remain incarcerated. No amount of emotional rhetoric or flawed references to democracy can mask these blatant truths.

The starting point for democracy in Ireland is an immediate British withdrawal. The terms for a just peace must begin with self determination for the Irish people. Every generation has asserted these rights. Acts of the British Parliament can have no place in the sovereign affairs of the Irish people.

The claims of British neutrality toward the Six Counties are a sham. Their vindictive punishment of republican prisoners of war is one testimony of this. It has always been British policy in Ireland to abuse republican prisoners as a means to undermine the broader republican struggle. And it has always been met with the same determined response. Like all colonial powers they fail to comprehend the immortal words of republican prisoner and hunger striker Terence Mac Swiney; “It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most who will conquer”.

In Maghaberry Gaol the Prison Authorities, with the blessing of their political masters in Stormont, engaged in a policy of using degrading strip searches to intimidate and cower republican POW’s. These abuses were carried out systematically. Solitary confinement was imposed on the whim of screws. Visits with family were also impeded as part of this policy.

But the POW’s would not be cowered or intimidated. Neither would their families. They embarked on a series of protests directly challenging the regime. Outside of the prison thousands took to the streets in solidarity with our comrades. Despite the best efforts of the establishment and the media their silence on the issue could not be maintained. The groundswell of anger and support forced them to the table.

With independent arbiters an agreement was reached which addressed the prisoner’s demands. The protest came to a conclusion. But like any agreement with such authorities it needs to be constantly monitored. This is not just the task of a few but the duty of all of us concerned with this issue. Be assured there are those who are diametrically opposed to this agreement, or any agreement, which affords POW’s their deserved status. They will actively seek ways to undermine and reintroduce the old system of abuse. We need to say to such faceless servants of the Crown; you will fail!

On behalf of all Irish POW’s we extend fraternal greetings and heartfelt thanks to our comrades in England, Scotland and Wales who have campaigned so selfishly on their behalf. Your efforts have been a great source of inspiration to them in their incarceration.

Beir Bua

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Whiteline Picket

Whiteline picket in Glasgow supporting POWs and supporting for Gary Donnelly

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Republican Benefit Night

The Volunteer Charles Carrigan RFB are holding a social night to raise funds for the RFB on Saturday 14th August at 8pm in the Squirrel Bar, Gallowgate, Glasgow. Ceol will be provided by An Claddagh and the VCCRFB [public debut]. There will be a raffle/auction of POW crafts and a speaker from the 32CSM. Tickets are available or pay at the door on the night £6.

All Republicans Welcome

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Welsh Commemoration

The Welsh Republican movement invited. The Gaughan/Stagg Cumann and the Vol Charles Carrigan Cumann of the 32CSM, and the James Larkin Republican Flute Band, to attend the commemoration of two brave Welsh volunteers, Vol Jones and Vol Taylor who on the 1st July 1969, died whilst trying stop the Investiture of Charles Windsor becoming the English Prince of Wales.

They were Volunteers on active duty for the MAC. Remember them. The two men have become known as the Abergele Martyrs.
Fe Godwn Ni Eto. Cymru Rydd. (we shall rise again)

The 32 CSM felt privileged to be invited by comrades in Wales to honour the patriot dead, just as Irish Volunteers gave their lives for independence free from imperialist hands so have these two brave Welsh freedom fighters.

Tiocfaidh ár lá

Monday, May 24, 2010

Volunteer Charles Carrigan Republican Flute Band

The 32CSM in Scotland are proud to announce the formation and launch of the Volunteer Charles Carrigan Republican Flute Band. The VCCRFB is fully equipped, due to the hard work of 32CSM members and the invaluable support of 32CSM, and is ready to start regular practices as we prepare the RFB for a busy period of marches and events in Scotland and Ireland and in furthering republicanism and supporting the 32CSM and our Irish POWs.

RFBs have a long tradition of involving, educating and politicising young working class men and women around republicanism and we are sure the VCCRFB will continue in this vein. We are sure the VCCRFB will be a credit to the cause and the 32CSM.

The band is currently comprised of both experienced musicians and very keen learners and we are open to recruitment for people of all ages and abilities, including learners. To join the VCCRFB we ask that new members be broadly in support of the aims of the 32CSM and in genuine republicanism and are prepared to work with discipline and commitment and are prepared to give a couple of hours to practice regularly. The VCCRFB is open to all irrespective of colour, creed, nationality, religion etc and anyone wishing to find out more about the VCCRFB should email us at


Monday, May 17, 2010

Vol. Billy Reid March Glasgow

The 32CSM was present at the WoSBA Volunteer Billy Reid March in Glasgow on Saturday 15th of May. Members of the Vol Charles Carrigan Cumann and the Gaughan/Stagg Cumann were there to support the commemoration of a brave volunteer who gave his life in the struggle for Irish freedom as well as to highlight the injustices, inhumane conditions and sheer brutality currently being endured by todays Irish Republicans, gaoled by the British as POWs and political prisoners, in Maghaberry Gaol.

Our message of solidarity, displayed by 32CSM members holding posters, with the prisoners and our demand for the restoration of political staus for all Irish political prisoners was warmly met by all those attending the days commemoration and march.

All copies of the Sovereign Nation were quickly distributed, demonstrating again that the voice of genuine republicanism has a growing audience in Scotland.

The 32CSM in Scotland will continue at every opportunity to campaign for the restoration of political status and to develop solidarity with those who languish in a British gaol in occupied Ireland. We are confident that support for the demands and with Irish political prisoners will continue to grow.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Republican Voice

Members of both the Vol Charles Carrigan Cumann and the Gaughan/Stagg Cumann successfully distributed the Sovereign Nation at Celtic Park with our members reporting all copies taken by interested fans, literally minutes of the start of the distribution. The overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from fans confirmed the hunger that exists amongst the republican base for genuine republicanism and the degree of support that exists for the 32CSM and Irish resistance to Britain's illegal hold over part of Ireland.

Despite the attempts by Strathclyde Police to stop our members distributing the Sovereign Nation and the threat of arrest, including the spurious assertion made by one policeman to one of our members that he would be arrested if he was seen again distributing an "illegal paper", our members would not be intimidated and continued to distribute the Sovereign Nation.

We believe the appetite for the genuine republican voice in Scotland meant we could have distributed three or four times as many papers and our members will be continue to distribute the Sovereign Nation at Celtic Park and in Glasgow's East End in future.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Getting The Republican Message Out

The 32CSM in Scotland commend the people who postered an area of Glasgow recently and showed that the Republican spirit of resistance, despite Sinn Feins continued retreat into reformist constitutional nationalism, continues to burn in the city.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

British Army On Derry Streets 2010

A specialist British army unit took part in a raid on a flat in the Creggan area of Derry last week, the 'Journal' has learned.

The raid took place on Wednesday at a flat in High Park where a member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement (32CSM) was staying.

It is believed to be the first time that British military personnel have been involved in a house search in Derry in recent years.

The search on the flat lasted for several hours and those involved wore white overalls and face masks. The PSNI said the search was part of an "ongoing investigation into criminal activity".

A document given to the 32 CSM member by the PSNI during the search lists who was present during the search operation and includes the names of three British soldiers, a sergeant, lance corporal, and a sapper, who are described as being members of a "military search troop", based at Aldergrove.

The document, which the 'Journal' has seen, also lists PSNI officers and crime scene investigators and an individual described with the acronym, "MCFA".

A spokesperson for the British Army said he could not comment on whether troops took part in last week's raid but added that the PSNI can request "specialist" assistance."It is for the police to request specialist support. They would request specific capacity and we have that resource that they can call upon. That is the norm across the UK," the spokesperson explained.

The British army's 38-year mission in the North, 'Operation Banner', ended in July 2007 and troops, with the exception of bomb disposal experts, are no longer seen on the streets.

The 32CSM in Derry said they had previously suspected that undercover British army units were operating in republican areas. A spokesperson for the group said; "This confirms what republicans knew already; that the British army are involved in undercover operations in Derry. We now have documented proof of that.

"Here we have British soldiers harassing people and raiding houses in Creggan, just as they did in the 70s, 80s, and 90s."

A spokesperson for the PSNI said she could not comment on "operational matters.

British soldiers regularly raided homes in Creggan and other nationalist areas of Derry during the Troubles.

Source: http://www.derryjournal.com/journal/...aid.6239576.jp

Thursday, April 8, 2010

1916 Commemorated



Members of the Volunteer Charles Carrigan Cumann recently attended 32CSM Easter Commemorations in Cork and Derry along with the James Larkin RFB. This trip has been very beneficial to our members and supporters in the cumann and the RFB and especially for our younger members has been a great education in Republicanism. We returned to Scotland even more determined to continue our work in developing Republicanism in our communities and across Scotland.

We would like to thank our comrades in Cork and Derry for their kind hospitality during our stay and we are happy to have strengthened our bonds of friendship and comradeship.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Republican Benefit Night

32CSM Scotland Social
Sunday 21st February 7pm till Midnight
Haggies Bar, Gallowgate, Glasgow.
Music by Claddagh and James Larkin RFB.
Tickets £5-00 All Welcome organised by the 32CSM
Scotland and 32CSM Britain and the Irish Republican Prison Welfare
Association (IRPWA)

Monday, January 11, 2010

SRSM Anti Sectarian March

Members of the Vol Charles Carrigan Cumann 32CSM Scotland are intending to attend the SRSMs annual anti sectarian march and rally at Glencoe on Saturday 13th of February. The rally is held at the monument to the victims of the Glencoe Massacre, when Campbells under orders from William of Orange murdered members of the Catholic MacDonald Clan as they slept after giving the Campbells hospitality.

A bus laid on by the SRSM will leave Glasgow on the Saturday morning and following the march and rally a social including a meal will be held nearby. Bus, including meal -£12. All Republicans welcome.

Full details and to reserve a seat contact us at vol_charles_carrigan_cumann@hotmail.co.uk.

Friday, January 1, 2010

32CSM New Year Statement 2010

32 County Sovereignty Movement
New Year Statement 2010

We commend our activists for their dedication and hard work in pursuit of the republican goal in 2009. We commend all other republican activists for being true to their beliefs and for being generous and inventive in listening to the beliefs of others. 2009 was a year which witnessed that inventiveness being translated into political action which was widely recognised throughout the republican base. It represented the most potent expression of solidarity with imprisoned comrades. It is solidarity in action with those who were bereaved in the struggle. It is also the way forward for Irish republicanism.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement has a clear vision for the year ahead. The reclamation of our sovereignty must take real form. We must give leadership to our communities to help them achieve this. Throughout Ireland communities have been betrayed by the institutions of faith, finance and state which have long purported to speak and act on their behalf. The abundance of trust placed in the integrity of individual leaders has proved misplaced. They have been left leaderless.

They have not, however, been left powerless. It is in recognition of this reality that the 32CSM will now engage with our communities. In a disciplined approach the 32CSM will liase directly with local communities to explore ways of reclaiming their sovereignty, and under these auspices, help them pursue their political and social objectives. We will focus our efforts in ensuring that all community activity will by default be a pursuit toward national sovereignty. Such a process will be a challenge to both states. It is a first step in filling the vacuum left by those who are now wholly subsumed into the apparatus of partition.

Communities so organised can become the template for national freedom. The republican objective is twofold; to secure our sovereign independence and to organise a just society within that independence. Like our republican forebears we can now enact our aspirations, we can involve our people with our beliefs in real and tangible terms. Republicanism cannot be detached from the people and the people cannot be detached from the strategies deployed to secure their freedom. We can only lead through democratic involvement with our communities.

Because it is a first step it must be taken with due diligence. We have prepared our arguments and are refining our position as mandated at our Ard Fheis. It will be democratic. It will be a learning process which will require discipline, patience and pragmatic political judgement. Republicans cannot interact at a distance. We need to create a new interface between ourselves and our people which will allow us to seek their mandate for our struggle. This mandate will not be measured by a gerrymandered vote. Its value will be in its democratic integrity and its sovereign credentials. For us the ballot box means more than just numbers. Democracy can only be returned to the Irish people when their national sovereignty is recognised.

Because it is a challenge to the state the state will obviously respond. Mistakes will be made, but also learned from, and it is this disciplined approach which will allow for this engagement to spread successfully to other areas. In part the success of this project may be gauged from the state’s reaction to it. They will not be alone. Establishment Nationalists will also have a vested interest in seeing this project fail. They will seek to divide and conquer. But a clear understanding as to the implications of its sovereign distinction and clear democratic practices will thwart them. After all it was disdain for democracy within their own organisations which led them into the cul de sac they now find themselves.

The 32CSM will be active on other fronts. Two major international initiatives will be launched in the coming year. We have observed how issues at play on the international stage are geared toward political events in the occupied six counties. We have made our intentions known to the relevant governments that we are determined to follow a particular path challenging any move that would seek to de-legitimise the republican struggle. These initiatives are for the benefit of Irish republicanism, we will not claim sole ownership of them. But we will provide the leadership that will open up counter arguments for all republicans to employ against these nefarious measures.

Republican unity in 2009 resulted in impressive demonstrations on a range of issues. The continuing media and political demonising of republicans is proof of their effect as is their grudging admission of our growth. The media and political establishment’s objective is to ignore us but through mutual cooperation we have made this impossible. In the coming year this cooperation can be galvanised within our communities as these issues now become their issues in pursuit of our national objectives.

The British Government’s strategy of finally destroying any vestige of republicanism within the provisional movement will not be allowed to undermine the separatist ideal. A resurgent republicanism will demonstrate to both governments and the international community that the destruction of the provisional movement was the liberation of Irish republicanism. It is up to all of us to ensure that 2010 clearly demonstrates this reality.