Athenry 1916:Newspaper accounts in 1914 by Ronan Killeen


Irish Independent 5th June 1914

THE IRISH NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS

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RAPID SPREAD OF THE MOVEMENT

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BOTH PARTIES UNITED IN KINGSTOWN


"Writing to Mr. Jos (Rooney, secretary of the
Organising committee at Athenry, Sir Roger
Casement says - 'The Irish Volunteers
are now the custodians of their country's manhood.
They are the beginning of an Irish Army - and every
man must feel he is entitled as an Irishman, to step
into his ranks without being questioned, as to
his political opinions, any more than to his
religous views.
Any attempt to hold political inquistions on the political
opinions of the Irish volunteers must be treated as
subversive of displine - a thing not to be tolerated
in a military organisation. We want military efficency,
and to build up a native army, relying on Irish courage
virtue and displine'.
Sir Roger and Colonel Moore are expected to attend a great Galway review
on the 29th."

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