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.”

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2 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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