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This overt display of Irish Republican terrorism appears to have been overlooked by the PSNI since it is in breach of the law.

“Peggy O’Hara was the mother of Irish National Liberation Army hunger striker Patsy O’Hara. He died in 1981 after 61 days while serving an eight-year sentence for possession of a hand grenade.

In Derry on Saturday, 45 men and women clad in black paramilitary uniforms followed Mrs O’Hara’s horse-drawn hearse to St Columba’s Church in the Long Tower for a requiem Mass before burial at the City Cemetery, just over a mile away.

The masked paramilitaries accompanied Mrs O’Hara’s remains from her Templegrove home, off the Buncrana Road.
Now then, I am told this grotesquerie was the “Last Wish” of Mrs O’Hara. I can respect that, she was entitled to an opinion. But it is unlawful and all involved should be brought before the Courts. The fact the PSNI refuse to do anything about this shows just how traduced the rule of law has been in order to accommodate the farcical “peace process”
Were any such display to be indulged in by any loyalist terror group, I would again call for all to be arrested.
But in a country where the WORST terrorist gang of all now sits in power at Stormont, I suppose continued looking the other way is de rigour. Here is the full video of this flagrant display of terror worship.

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17 thoughts on “HATRED ON PARADE

  1. The worst terror gangs in nIreland have always sat in power, so now you object to unionists in power?

  2. I’m with David on this one.

    How are these Mr Ben let’s-play-at-being-“soldiers” allowed to mince around Derry in broad daylight?

  3. In NI and elsewhere the Catholic Church has turned a blind eye to evil on many occasions, and sometimes acquiesced.

    In Derry (sic) on Saturday, 45 men and women clad in black paramilitary uniforms followed Mrs O’Hara’s horse-drawn hearse to St Columba’s Church in the Long Tower for a requiem Mass before burial at the City Cemetery, just over a mile away.

    Whereupon a real priest, a real follower of the Prince of Peace, would have turned them away, told them to take her somewhere else and locked the door.

  4. I agree with Pete on this one. Poor gatekeeing by the presiding priest if these wanna bees were allowed into the Church.

  5. //I agree with Pete on this one. Poor gatekeeing by the presiding priest if these wanna bees were allowed into the Church.//

    I don’t know where anyone got the idea that the priest let the paramilitaries into the church, apart from the fact that Pete Moore claimed it.

    Anyone who reads the linked news articles, or who’s familiar with church practices in Ireland, will know that this almost definitely did not happen.

  6. Whilst I totally agree that the presence of masked men and women at this funeral was unwise and un-needed , I think the above comments from Pete, Mahons and Phantom show a complete lack of understanding of the high esteem in which the 10 Hunger Strikers – and their families – are held in Nationalist and Republican communities. The comments also show very little understanding of the respect Republicans – and Republican ex-prisoners in particular – had for Mrs. O’Hara, who was a strong opponent of the direction Sinn Féin had taken, particularly with regards to Policing.
    No priest in an area like this would have refused admittance to this funeral, and to assume that any priest who would is somehow not a ‘Prince of Peace’ is ridiculous. Did the masked men enter the church? I would bet my mortgage they didn’t, as they never have before.

  7. In Derry on Saturday, 45 men and women clad in black paramilitary uniforms followed Mrs O’Hara’s horse-drawn hearse to St Columba’s Church in the Long Tower for a requiem Mass before burial at the City Cemetery, just over a mile away.

    This, from the newspaper article surely leads one to believe that they went into the church. Those who follow the deceased to a funeral service and who attend the burial would typically attend the service itself?

    Would it not have been an unusual thing, worthy of mention, if they had stayed outside when the mass was taking place>

  8. No, Phantom. The colour party doesn’t usually go into the church. The quote may lead you to believe they did, but I would severely doubt it.

  9. //Those who follow the deceased to a funeral service and who attend the burial would typically attend the service itself?//

    Er… republican funerals and Northern Ireland in general are anything but typical 🙂

    //Would it not have been an unusual thing, worthy of mention, if they had stayed outside when the mass was taking place//

    On the contrary, it would have been very unusual if they had gone in. Priests have been refusing republican paramilitary presences in churches throughout the Troubles.
    It’s obvious that they didn’t enter the church simply from the lack of reaction on the part of, e.g. DUP politicians who are (understandably) enraged by this paramilitary display. They’d be shouting it from the rooftops if uniformed paramilitaries were allowed into a Catholic church.

    A cousin of mine, a quiet fellow from Cavan, went to live and work in Dundalk. A few years ago he died in a work accident. My sister attended the funeral, and when they all emerged from the church service she was very suprised to see masked men suddenly appear and drape a tricolour over the coffin. Apparently the cousin had been in some republican organisation, and nobody knew about it.
    As far as I know, priests doen’t even allow tricolour-draped coffins enter their church.

    That’s the way things have always been. Paramilitaries can accompany funerals, including up to the burial with the priest in attendance, but are not allowed into a church.

    Greetings from Slovenia and 38 degrees heat.

  10. If the masked men and women entered the Church it will have been a first for Republican funerals.

    This was a funeral for a respected Republican activist, what ‘hatred’ was ‘on parade?’

  11. The flag and any accompanying paraphernalia (gloves, beret etc) are usually removed at the doors of the church, and then put back on before proceeding to the graveyard. The flag is then ceremoniously folded, and presented to the family of the deceased.

  12. This was a funeral for a respected Republican activist, what ‘hatred’ was ‘on parade?’

    You answered your own question, Paul. Republican = hatred around these parts, don’t you know that yet? Get with the programme. OO member attempts to murder young catholic women, however? Silence.

  13. what ‘hatred’ was ‘on parade?’

    I have no idea.

    RIP Peggy O’Hara. What women, and particularly mothers, of her generation in the North endured is something else. A strong, stoic, principled woman. May she rest well.

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