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Funny can be whatever you want it to be. The Words and Musings of Paul O'Malley. Sort of a Blog!

13 December
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How the RIC saved DeVelera’s Government of the Irish Free State

It is documented that Éamon de Valera or Dev as he was known and his party (Fianna Fáil) turned up to take control of the Dáil (House of Parliament) having won the election in 1932 carrying arms as they expected to be objected to as they had objected to the previous government which lead to the civil war in Ireland about ten years previously. However why they were carrying arms might not be understood within a historical context of excitement, and anger that the side which had objected to the elected body in control of the Irish Free State (as Ireland was known at that point) by way of an armed struggle against the incumbents in the Irish civil war. When that war was over they threw their guns away rather than surrender them to authorities, now the time has moved on. In  1932 they won the vote and were in control of the state. They had carried arms into the Dáil on day one (this is documented elsewhere).

What a lot of people would not know and I have this on the authority of someone who told it to me, my grandfather a former member of the Garda Síochána, Dev and his party had good reason to be afraid.

The night before they took their seats in the Dáil there was a meeting of members of the Garda Síochána in the National Stadium (I have to presume this is the one on the South Circular Road). This meeting was heading towards sedition, the atmosphere was tense. There was a tension in the air as person after person decried the election of Finna Fáil, and it was almost the case that the Gardí within that room were about to leave and arrest deValera. An older man, a sargent I believe, stood up at the back of the room and asked to address the floor. He was well known, it is worth reminding ourselves that the State was only ten years old. This story recounted a similar day about ten years earlier but with a difference. He went on to tell his story*, “he had worked in the RIC*,  and he wanted to relate to the people in the Stadium that a similar situation had occured when the Free State was founded, he had gone to work one day and he was working for the Crown, later that day his allegiance was switched to the Free State. It was his job not to decide government, it was his job to carry out duties in enforcing the law of the land. It most certainly was not his place to object to the will of the people who elected a new body of people to govern.”

The ex RIC man stopped, my grandfather said he never saw so many people exhale a breath and with that breath so the anger that had been building all evening died and they got on with their job.

Bertie as my grandfather was known to us, told me several stories all of them interesting, this one,  was told to me in the nursing home he lived in a couple of months before he died.

RIC* This was the  Royal Irish Constabulary, the police force in Ireland before the creation of the Irish Free State and  loyal to the British Crown. They had been involved in the fight against Irish Independence.

story* Sadly I did not write this account down years ago, the words used do not reflect how eloquently it was told to me.

Additions:

16th Feb Election

This Dail sat on 9th March 1932, so this was the night of the 8th of March.

 

 

24 November
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Declan McGrath’s GNU invention

Common space for Free Software types to get together with people who are not necessarily from their project space, the end result being cross fertilisation.

A google group:  http://groups.google.com/group/ossdev-ireland

His intro letter on the subject is here:   http://short.ie/ossdevintro

Personally I think it is one of those great ideas people have.

It is my hope it is useful and successful, perhaps it will help in expanding the overall community.

Imagine you are doing some packages of a new project foo, you know how to package for yum but not apt, this kind of place would help people a lot.

21 November
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Wednesday Woes

Should one pity the soccer ref from Sweden who had adjudicated the Ireland and France match, I guess for the last few days his ears are burning.  Maybe it is a good thing his day job is that of a fireman, perhaps his work mates may help him. The French are annoyed as they got though on a hand ball.  The Irish in spite of what their politicans and bankers achieved and took all that on the chin, allowed their pent up anger out on this  handball event!

The best reply to it has is a quote from Andy Smart “Thiery, go sit on the naughty step!”.
For those of you who shop a lot think bored shop assistant announcement, “Thiery Henry, to the naughty step, the naughty step, Thiery Henry!”

Some may even have said Thievery Henry.

The cause of the anger:

After thought, how uncomfortable would you be if you were TH today?