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clare / environment / news report Tuesday May 09, 2006 20:54 by Niall Harnett   text 27 comments (last - friday january 18, 2013 20:41)   image 62 images
Born after the success of a Summer Craft Fair in Bealkelly Wood, the first weekend of traditional craft courses took place under a few hastily hoisted tarps between the trees in the wet Autumn of 2002.

It was booked out.

Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength and the workshop infrastructure along with it, so much so that the little 'Village in the Woods' looks like a scene out of an Asterix comic.

Weekends in the woods take place three times a year in Spring, Summer and Autumn at the invitation of host Del Harding in his woodland home on the shores of Lough Derg. read full story / add a comment
Logged @ SNN 23/04/06
clare / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday May 06, 2006 01:32 by Conor Cregan   text 58 comments (last - tuesday july 04, 2006 19:51)   image 17 images
Two weeks ago, on a routine visit to monitor the on going war crimes that is the Bertie Ahern led governments facilitation of the of the US military troops and intelligence services (CIA) at Shannon Airport, I witnessed a new devolvement at Irelands second international airport. Sitting on the main apron in front of the terminal building was an Israeli Air Force 707. After a while a group of military types disembarked and jumped into the “Fixed Base Operator” minibus. They were taken to the Great Southern Hotel where they billeted overnight.

Initially I thought this an emergency landing. Shannon Airport has been used on numerous occasions by the US Air Force to land aircraft in trouble. The latest happening only months ago when a C17 reported to be carrying Helium (yeah right) landed safely.

Today the Israeli Air Force is Back in Shannon.
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clare / environment / event notice Thursday April 27, 2006 12:20 by CELT   text 1 comment (last - monday may 08, 2006 11:00)   image 1 image
6th / 7th MAY 2006
Bealkelly Wood, Tuamgraney, County Clare.

CELT's Big Woodland /Countryside Skills Training Event
CELT presents, in association with Muintir na Coille (Coppice and Allied Trades Association), choice of 15 courses in environmental and ecological trades for all levels. Trainees already having basic skills are welcome to develop their skills further with the guidance of our highly qualified tutors. Courses are open to all over 14 years.

Free Camping. Come earlier if you'd like to help with setting up. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday April 08, 2006 17:42 by Badman   text 38 comments (last - sunday june 11, 2006 14:04)   image 2 images
The Irish independent reports:

" In February a cargo plane carrying three Boeing Apache helicopters, the type used by both the American and Israeli forces, landed at Shannon, where it stayed overnight before taking off for Israel.

When contacted last month both the Department of Transport, which is responsible for foreign civilian flights, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, which is responsible for foreign military flights, denied any knowledge of the flight.

This week, when presented with the serial numbers of the cargo planes and of the helicopters, they conceded the flights had taken place and said that they have launched an inquiry.

Although Shannon airport is routinely used by American planes in support of the ongoing occupation of Iraq, this is the first time it has emerged that Ireland also facilitates the sale of American heavy-arms sales. " read full story / add a comment
Cosantóirí Síochána, Aron Baker, Niall Harnett & Conor Cregan defending the peace …
clare / anti-war / imperialism / news report Thursday March 30, 2006 20:53 by Niall Harnett   text 21 comments (last - wednesday april 05, 2006 00:44)   image 32 images
This ‘better late than never’ photo report comes after the recent instructions from the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) to Shannon Gardaí directing the withdrawal of all charges against Conor Cregan, Niall Harnett, Mags Liddy and St John Ó’Donnabháin. See http://www.indymedia.ie/article/74769 . Ok, so this report is 6 months late, but it was felt at the time, wisely or unwisely, that early statements or photos of the episode might have jeopardised our cases.

This is just a brief summary of events, for more detailed versions see ‘comments’ for individual accounts of what happened. Some information and photos here taken from Airport CCTV footage and Airport Police and Garda statements requested by defendants under ‘Gary Doyle’ order of disclosure of evidence.

Special thanks to Owen Rice for his legal advice and support.

Cosantóirí Síochána, Peace Network meeting this Sat 1st April, 2pm, the Teachers Club, Parnell Sq, Dublin. Phone 086 3454322. read full story / add a comment
Jim, the FEICer, chattin' up one of the local honeys.
clare / anti-war / imperialism / news report Sunday March 19, 2006 18:45 by Niall Harnett   text 18 comments (last - wednesday april 12, 2006 00:51)   image 12 images
Members of FEIC - Foyle Ethical Investment Campaign, PANA, Amnesty Galway Volunteers, Gluaiseacht and Na Cosantóirí Síochána, the Peace Network joined forces at Shannon, to push once more for the vindication and protection of our constitutional rights to voice our dissent at the ongoing Government facilitation of crimes against humanity at Shannon Airport. Despite anticipated harassment by Gardaí and Airport Police who cooperated in an aggressive assault to grab and steal our banners, we stood our ground, kept hold of our property and insisted on our rights to stay put. For the next few hours we spoke to many interested local and international journeymakers and visitors who were happy to take and wear the 'black shamrock' badges in solidarity with us, the Iraqi people, the tortured and the dead.

Bearing in mind the recent ‘fly in protest’ visit of the Peace And Neutrality Alliance of Independant TD's and Senators to Shannon and their announcement of future plans for similar actions, and considering the recent instructions from the DPP directing Shannon Gardaí to withdraw all charges against Cosantóirí Síochána activists arrested for a banner protest on the restaurant balcony at Shannon in September 2005, we invite PANA and all other peace activists to join us at Shannon in further asserting and demanding the defence and protection of our rights to peaceful assembly and protest under Article 40 of Bunreacht na hEireann, the Irish Constitution. read full story / add a comment
clare / crime and justice / news report Saturday March 11, 2006 00:59 by Conor Cregan   text 7 comments (last - monday march 13, 2006 10:23)   image 1 image
On Thursday 9th March 2006 four Peace Activists were acquitted at Shannon District Court as the charges brought by An Garda Siochána were withdrawn at the behest of the D.P.P.

These charges regarded an incident at Shannon Airport on the 17th September 2005 where a group of members from Na Cosantóirí Síochána (the Peace Network) hung a banner on the balcony at the airport to protest the use of Shannon Airport by the CIA in the illegal programme of “Extraordinary Rendition”

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Left to Right: Micheál, Vincent, Willie, Philip and Ray.
clare / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday February 22, 2006 20:31 by Niall Harnett   text 2 comments (last - wednesday february 22, 2006 22:18)   image 2 images
And what are kingdoms but fair thievish purchases? For what are thieves’ purchases but little kingdoms? For in thefts the hands of the underlings are directed by the commander, the confederacy of them is sworn together, and the pillage is shared by the law amongst them. And if those ragamuffins grow up to be able enough to keep forts, build habitations, possess cities, and conquer adjoining nations, then their government is no more called thievish, but graced with the eminent name of a kingdom, given and gotten, not because they have left their practices, but because now they may use them without danger of law. read full story / add a comment
CIA Torturers & US Troops out of Shannon.
clare / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Thursday February 16, 2006 17:47 by Na Cosantóirí Síochána   image 1 image
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will be in Ennis this Saturday to address the Ogra Fianna Fail Conference which is taking place in The West County Hotel this Fri 17th & Sat 18th.

Come and join other peace activists at the hotel to greet Bertie and his posse of young sycophants, to remind them that we demand an end to the relationship of blood, terror and torture with the US administration. read full story / add a comment
Some members of the Rossport Five in Doolin at the weekend. From left: Vincent McGrath, Willie Corduff, Micheál Ó Seighin and Philip McGrath.
clare / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday February 15, 2006 23:20 by Niall Harnett   image 1 image
Written by Andrew Hamilton. Photo by Yvonne Vaughan.
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No to Shell.
clare / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday February 14, 2006 00:28 by Niall Harnett   text 1 comment (last - wednesday february 15, 2006 23:51)   image 1 image
On Saturday 18th February at 1pm, Clare Shell to Sea will be staging a 'Boycott Shell' picket at the Shell Service Station (opposite St Flannan's College) on the Limerick Rd, Ennis. read full story / add a comment
clare / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Saturday January 28, 2006 13:35 by Niall Harnett   image 1 image
The Rossport Five and some of their friends are coming to Doolin to play music with local musicians at the Russell Cultural Centre, Doolin and to talk to the local and wider community of North Clare and beyond about their ongoing fight against Shell and the Irish Government. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 11, 2006 17:49 by Conor Cregan   text 23 comments (last - wednesday january 18, 2006 19:38)
On Saturday 7th of January we returned to the doorstep of Shannon Airport after a three year absence to hold a 24 hour vigil to mark the third anniversary of founding a peace camp in protest against the use of the airport by the U.S. Military as pit stop for George W Bush’s War on Terror. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday January 09, 2006 16:12 by EC   text 5 comments (last - thursday march 30, 2006 20:34)   image 26 images
Between Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of January over 60 women, children and men gathered just outside the grounds of Shannon Airport for a 24-hour peace camp. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / news report Wednesday January 04, 2006 16:33 by Shannon Watch   text 19 comments (last - thursday january 12, 2006 18:26)   image 1 image
When a Hercules C 130 aeroplane bearing the markings of the US Air Force undertook an emergency landing at Shannon Airport on Friday 30 December, the crew of the aircraft, assisted by the American embassy, were accommodated as civilians at the South Court Hotel in Limerick. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / news report Thursday December 22, 2005 14:15 by SNN Watch   text 21 comments (last - tuesday december 27, 2005 18:34)
Ed was detained and forcibly removed from the duty free area this morning while waiting to board a flight to the UK to visit his children and grandchildren. He was brought to the Airport Police Inspectors office, his mobile phone and camera confiscated, but then the Gardai refused to arrest him. He has been released. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Thursday December 15, 2005 18:53 by Conor   text 6 comments (last - saturday january 07, 2006 00:12)
On Saturday, 7th January 2006, we invite you to attend an Evening Vigil at Shannon Airport starting at 4.00 pm. This vigil will take place on the approach road to the airport and the invitation is extended to everyone, young and old,. We remember the thousands of people killed in Bushes "War on Terror", including thousands of Iraqi children, slaughtered by the U.S. military occupation of their country taking freedom’s name in vain.

For more information please call Joe @ 0868228032 or Mary @ 0879112961. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday December 09, 2005 03:02 by Court Reporter   text 8 comments (last - sunday december 14, 2008 22:58)
"Remove that man from court. Use all necessary force" - Judge Mangan has Conor Cregan removed.
"The defendant is trying to bully and intimidate me and the state. Trying to embarrass me" -Inspector Kennedy moans about Niall Harnett insisting on his rights.
"I have other applications to make Judge but I see you're on your way out the door" -Owen Rice's parting shot to Judge Mangan who left the court during Owen's legal submissions.
" " Defence solicitor Ted McCarthy, who didn't turn up in court to represent his three clients. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / feature Friday December 02, 2005 00:01 by Tim Hourigan   text 108 comments (last - friday february 24, 2006 12:05)   image 14 images
Plane spotters at Shannon airport (Ireland) once again reveal evidence of Irish complicity with the US war machine and are harrassed by Gardai (Irish police). Tim Hourigan presents a detailed account and photographs. read full story / add a comment
clare / anti-war / imperialism / news report Thursday October 13, 2005 22:57 by Court Reporter   text 6 comments (last - thursday october 27, 2005 14:10)   image 1 image
After 6 hours of sitting around, the cases were heard in front of an almost empty courtroom.
4 people were up for mention regarding the banner drop last month, and Owen Rice was up for mention yet again for arrests that took place almost two years ago (and for which his co-arrestee was acquitted)
There were a number of submissions, and then adjourments. read full story / add a comment
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