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The Release & Homecoming of Pat 'The Chief' O'Donnell - Photo Essay

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

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Photos of Pat's leaving jail     FSB!    Sun Jul 18, 2010 20:58 
   suffering for the truth     Joseph Dawton    Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:10 
   More Pat O'Donnell homecoming photos.     FSB!    Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:12 
   More selected photos of Pat's homecoming     FSB!    Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:20 
   Photos from today's Street Feast in Pollatomish     FSB!    Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:30 
   Hurray!     Tara Tara Tara    Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:08 
   Brilliant news     Cormac    Fri Jul 23, 2010 04:55 
   welcome home pat     john    Fri Jul 23, 2010 14:29 
   Welcome home Pat!     Ciara    Thu Jul 29, 2010 18:40 
 10   More Pics     Michael Gallagher    Thu Aug 19, 2010 13:51 
 11   .     Michael Gallagher    Thu Aug 19, 2010 13:56 
 12   pat o'donnells relearse     izzy grimes    Sat Aug 21, 2010 09:38 
 13   And Now The final Days of ABP Oral Hearing     Eamonn O'Coilea'in    Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:23 
 14   .     .    Tue Oct 05, 2010 09:25 
 15   May god bless Pat O'Donnell     Tomas O'Dubhshlaine    Tue Jul 23, 2013 03:33 

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