My Tribute to My Comrade Patsy O’Hara and His Family

On the 21st of May 1981 Patsy O’Hara. I.N.L.A. volunteer and my comrade in the Irish Republican Struggle for a United Socialist Ireland lost his life  at 11:29 pm, he died after 61 days  days on Hunger Strike at the age of 23.

I had never met Patsy , he was only two years older than me and gave everything for our cause, but he and the other 9 brave men and their comrades inspired me as a member of the Irish Republican diaspora.   Video Tribute below courtesy of RNUA Tribute to Patsy O’Hara

I was 21 yrs old growing up on the other side of the world, a member of the Irish Republican diaspora. My fathers family had been dispersed around the planet due to their involvement in the struggle, my maternal grand father having suffered 28 days on a previous hunger-strike.

As the 10 brave men were dying I  remember well my mother saying ” What must their mothers be going through”…….. I used to have to cross the spot in Gibraltar where Mairead Farell, Sean Savage and Dan McCann were executed in a “Shoot to Kill” operation when they were on active service in Gibraltar. Every time I crossed that airfield I expected the same.

I hold the leadership of the IRA who are now the leadership of Sinn Fein responsible for the unnecessary deaths of these 13 and many more.  Whilst our brave volunteers were out on active service, these enemy within our ranks were negotiating surrender with the British Imperialists and their collaborators  with no promise  that the terms the struggle was fought on were being met.

I had the opportunity to name a road in NZ and I asked my father if he wanted the family name on the road. He answered ” No son, dedicate it to someone who deserves it more.  Hence Patsy O’Hara Pl in Auckland NZ came into being.  Image design courtesy of my brother Clark Gregory.

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Rest in peace our brave volunteers and a curse on the traitors to our cause, for me they are worse than the enemy in the imperialist uniform that occupies the 6 counties.

The Human Tragedy of the 1981 Hunger Strike.  This song is called INLA Freedom Fighters.  We Will Remember Them.  Wolf Tones, Joe McDonnel, “And Patsy O’Hara and the next in line is me.”

Activist, sailor, passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour . Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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5 comments on “My Tribute to My Comrade Patsy O’Hara and His Family
  1. bill says:

    It’s the loyalist protestants of NI that block unification. Otherwise I believe the Brits would have been more than happy to allow unification. England has given immense economic opportunities to Southern Irish people going to the UK to work. The 8th army of Montgomery were mostly Irish.

    But the Catholics of the North were discriminated against so much that it ignited the troubles that followed. Hopefully that has ended.

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  2. Kevin Hester says:

    Rise up the Starry Plough in James Connolly’s name;
    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=YKemEo4sH-U

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  3. Kevin Hester says:

    “This year, on the 25th anniversary of Miriam’s death I feel there is at least one thing I can do, and that is to restate an important message she never tired of repeating. It was: to beware of and shun so-called “conflict resolution”, the alleged academic discipline which is in fact an imperialist confidence trick.”
    We were conned out of the armed struggle by quisling infiltrators like McGuinness and Adams.
    R.I.P. Miriam Daly
    https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/miriam-daly-and-conflict-resolution-speech-by-james-daly/

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  4. Kevin Hester says:

    “Let the Fight Go On”
    by James Daly and Ray Collins.

    Whenever people fight for truth
    for freedom and justice too
    we’ll remember a martyred Irish youth
    Patsy O’Hara we’ll remember you
    You answered your mother’s final plea
    that your hunger strike should not go on
    “I’m sorry mammy we did not win
    please mammy let the fight go on”.

    The unyielding stand that you took that day
    struck a hard resounding blow
    against Britain’s monstrous tyranny
    and will force her soon to go
    the oppressor’s lies and censorship
    cannot stifle your message so strong
    “I’m sorry mammy we did not win
    please mammy let the fight go on”

    Whenever human dignity by oppressors is denied
    where ruthless force and boundless greed
    is met by courage, faith, and pride
    at the height of the struggle fierce and grim
    we’ll hear your dying words again
    “I’m sorry mammy we did not win
    please mammy let the fight go on”.

    We love you Patsy O’Hara,
    Bobby Sands and Francis Hughes,
    Raymond McCreesh and Joe McDonnell,
    Martin Hurson and Kevin Lynch,
    your comrades Kieran Doherty
    Tom McElwee and Michael Devine
    For the cause you died and the reason why
    we’ll make sure that “the fight goes on”
    Together you died for the love of us
    and your caurage will help us to fight on
    For the cause you died and the reason why
    we’ll make sure that” the fight goes on”

    Copyright 1981: Colin Glen Music

    https://raycollinsmusic.com/track/135371/let-the-fight-go-on

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Kevin Hester

Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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