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category mayo | rights, freedoms and repression | feature author Monday July 19, 2010 11:48author by FSB! - Rossport Solidarity Camp Report this post to the editors

Selected photographs of the triumphant homecoming of a Hero and Friend!

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The Chief is free!!

Erris was abuzz with joy and merriment as one of her finest sons, Pat 'the Chief' O'Donnell was freed from Castlerea Prison yesterday after 158 days of Shell-decreed incarceration. He was met by an ecstatic group of well-wishers outside the prison and was piped off the prison precincts after speeches by himself, Maura Harrington, and a message of support from Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Mayor of Roscommon County Council.

Pat then returned to his native Porturlin in a motorcade via Ballyhaunis, Claremorris, Castlebar, Foxford, Ballina, Killala and Ballycastle. In Castlebar and Ballina he was piped through the main streets to the appreciation of passers-by. At Glenamoy Cross, Pat left his car to enter the joyful embrace of his friends, neighbours and supporters who had waited several hours for his return. After half an hour there of being welcomed back, Pat and the motorcade made the final leg of the journey home to Porturlin, where the whole village was assembled round a roaring bonfire to welcome their valiant neighbour back to his home patch.

Today, Pat attended the Street Feast outside McGuire's in Pollatomish, and there he thanked the many friends and supporters who kept his spirits up while imprisoned, and the many friends he made while in prison, and reminded people to keep up the support for Niall Harnett, another prisoner of Shell now jailed for his 89th day. the well-attended Street Feast made a fitting end to a most joyful weekend in Erris.

The Chief Abú!

Assembling before Pat's release celebration, Castlerea
Assembling before Pat's release celebration, Castlerea

Heading into the prison
Heading into the prison

Pat being embraced by his wife Mary
Pat being embraced by his wife Mary

Pat speaking to his well-wishers outside Castlerea Prison
Pat speaking to his well-wishers outside Castlerea Prison

author by FSB! - Rossport Solidarity Camppublication date Sun Jul 18, 2010 20:58Report this post to the editors

More photos from the joyful day.

Ó Domhnaill abú - Scaoil Saor Niall!
Ó Domhnaill abú - Scaoil Saor Niall!

Pat being chaired away from prison
Pat being chaired away from prison

Pat being piped away from Castlerea Prison
Pat being piped away from Castlerea Prison

The prison is behind him now...
The prison is behind him now...

Pat O'Donnell and his family together in Castlerea
Pat O'Donnell and his family together in Castlerea

author by Joseph Dawtonpublication date Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:10author email lukejeastwood at gmail dot comauthor address Monaseed, Goreyauthor phone 086 3119660Report this post to the editors

Like the Rossport 5 'The Chief' and Niall suffer for their desire to get to the truth. Government in Ireland (and most of the world) is no longer about truth, the constitution or serving the people, it is about serving corrupt interests of the elite and the corporations.

While people remain disunited and focus on individual or smaller issues such as animal cruelty, job losses, deportations etc. which are all symptomatic of a corrupt system we fail to address the root cause of all these issues - the complete failure of government as a system that is intended to serve and protect the people. Only a concerted effort by all concerned people will bring about a change at the highest level - ending the corrupt system so that the individual issues may be then dealt with.

The current format of piecemeal protest and resistance is akin to running around with a fly swatter while ignoring the stinking bucket of dung in the middle of the room that is causing the problem!

author by FSB! - Rossport Solidarity Camppublication date Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:12Report this post to the editors

Another selection of photos chronicling Pat's triumphant return home. Please remember Niall Harnett, now 89 days in Castlerea Prison.

Banner at Pat's release celebration, Castlerea
Banner at Pat's release celebration, Castlerea

Another banner at Pat's release celebration, Castlerea
Another banner at Pat's release celebration, Castlerea

Pat's motorcade being piped down Market St., Castlebar
Pat's motorcade being piped down Market St., Castlebar

Pat, banner and piper at Castlebar Courthouse
Pat, banner and piper at Castlebar Courthouse

Pat's motorcade being piped through Ballina's Pearse St.
Pat's motorcade being piped through Ballina's Pearse St.

author by FSB! - Rossport Solidarity Camppublication date Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:20Report this post to the editors

Another set of photos showing Pat's joyful homecoming.

The Chief at Glenamoy Cross - back home to the warm embrace of those who know him best...
The Chief at Glenamoy Cross - back home to the warm embrace of those who know him best...

...and a cuppa from Mary H!
...and a cuppa from Mary H!

The message is clear!
The message is clear!

Pat - back in Porturlin
Pat - back in Porturlin

The bonfire and crowd to welcome him home to Porturlin
The bonfire and crowd to welcome him home to Porturlin

author by FSB! - Rossport Solidarity Camppublication date Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:30Report this post to the editors

A final selection of photos from the joyful weekend.

Dancing at the Street Feast today
Dancing at the Street Feast today

Pat dancing at the Street Feast today
Pat dancing at the Street Feast today

Pat O'Donnell expressing his thanks to the people who stood by him at the Street Feast today
Pat O'Donnell expressing his thanks to the people who stood by him at the Street Feast today

author by Tara Tara Tarapublication date Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:08Report this post to the editors

Fabulous photos of Pat's release, thanks for sharing. I really loved the dancing ones in particular. Full support to all of you from your friends at Tara.

O' Domhnaill Abú

Related Link: http://www.taraskryne.com
author by Cormacpublication date Fri Jul 23, 2010 04:55Report this post to the editors

Absolutely deadly to see The Chief out
Spreading the word over here in the US
Solidarity all Shell to Sea!

author by johnpublication date Fri Jul 23, 2010 14:29Report this post to the editors

welcome home pat boy,fair play to you,you're an inspiration to us all!
keep it lit...........

author by Ciarapublication date Thu Jul 29, 2010 18:40Report this post to the editors

Well done Pat, you're an absolute inspiration. I'm sorry I couldn't make it up to the celebrations when your seven months finally came to an end. I'm infuriated by the injustice done to you but also hopeful that with the help of people like you wrongs can (eventually) be made right.

And to anyone who hasn't yet seen 'The Pipe' documentary, make it a priority on your list of 'worthwhile, inspirational documentaries to watch'...it's just fantastic.

Solidarity and support being sent to Pat and all the Shell to Sea gang from Galway.

Ciara

author by Michael Gallagher - Photographerpublication date Thu Aug 19, 2010 13:51author email libertypics at yahoo dot ieReport this post to the editors

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All pics © Michael Gallagher 2010

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author by Michael Gallagherpublication date Thu Aug 19, 2010 13:56Report this post to the editors

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More pics in slideshow format on Shell to Sea, workers issues, anti racism and anti war etc @:

http://myspace.com/libertypix

More info and the latest updates on the Shell to Sea campaign @: http;//shelltosea.com

Thank you for looking.

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author by izzy grimespublication date Sat Aug 21, 2010 09:38Report this post to the editors

fantastic to see piccies of pat back where he belongs-
in the arms of his family and friends!! much love and respect to you pat.

author by Eamonn O'Coilea'in - Republic of Irelandpublication date Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:23Report this post to the editors

WE Can Change The Course Of History Here In Ireland, So on Friday Please Be There @ Broad Haven Hotel In Belmullet on The Final day; unless of course it goes on to next week. The people of Erris can really make changes, if it's put before the Board of Inspectors where they hear the true stories of the Future of IRELAND, Thank YOU All Who took the time to put Submissions to Explain their thoughts to the ABP , With any Irish Luck we can all live happy ever after, with out the knowledge that sheeeee wosh the gas is leaking, Godbless :SEA U THERE

author by .publication date Tue Oct 05, 2010 09:25Report this post to the editors

Bertie Ahern V Pat O`Donnell

Bertie confonted by Madam K & Pat`s homecoming,plus interveiw.

videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwgktMklJ0w

author by Tomas O'Dubhshlaine - New Yorkerspublication date Tue Jul 23, 2013 03:33author email tommyd1916 at aol dot comReport this post to the editors

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"

Evil will not triumph here because of good men such as Pat. The is no cause more noble than to stand up for others,

Wishing Pat and the entire community the strength to continue this fight.

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