Banners printed and advertised around the city by Diarmaid Ó Cadhla and his followers shames Cork people for not supporting the campaign for changing British street names in Cork.
The campaign was first started by Ó Cadhla back in October last year when the Cork man had not been appointed as a County Councillor yet.
The banners invite people to Ó Cadhla’s office located at 99 Douglas Street on June 27th to discuss the issue. This meeting is part of series of sessions devoted to changing British street names in Cork, such as Victoria’s Cross, Marlborough Street, etc. Inside O’Cadhla’s Meetings
Ó Cadhla’s meetings usually take place in his tiny office at 99 Douglas Street. Corkonians who attend the meetings are usually older citizens. The same group of his supporters regularly attend the meetings – except for people who attend out of curiosity or to object the cause.
This campaign along with the Irexit activism has given Ó Cadhla a considerable amount of publicity lately, helping him to get elected as Cork County Councillor from Cobh.
Just a few months ago the Councillor was detained on charges of vandalism when the Gardaí caught him painting on British street signs of the city. Ó Cadhla claims he was verbally abused by the Gardaí during an alleged two hours questioning.
In an exclusive interview with The Logical Radical last year, Ó Cadhla painted a gloomy image of the country and promoted nationalistic ideas.
Diarmaid Ó Cadhla Independent Councillor for Cobh, set the EU flag on fire in front of the City Hall this evening.
Ó Cadhla who was surrounded by dozens of his supporters and bystanders spoke to them before setting the EU flag on fire.
Counting examples of other Europen Union countries Councillor Ó Cadhla said:” We’ve seen the heated debate in France and Holland, we know European Union membership is a red hot issue,” before going to praise Italy’s nationalist party for promising to hold a referendum on leaving the EU (Italexit) if elected in the next general election.
Ó Cadhla counted the entrance of the United Kingdom the main reason behind Ireland’s joining the EU back in 1973. ” We are going to modernize you, they said. What has happened? We now have the highest levels of homelessness since the Great Famine,” said O’Cadhla blaming country’s housing crisis on the European Union Membership.
” We have a lack of future for young people, every day is filled with anxiety. Senior citizens are afraid to get sick, so they’d be left on hospital trolleys. This is what modernization has brought us!”
Ó Cadhla finished his speech in Gaelic language and set the EU’s flag on fire in front of the City Hall to his supporters’ delight. He then invited his supporters to his office at 99 Douglas Street to have ” many cups of tea.”
Diarmaid Ó Cadhla who considers himself an independent politician had made news recently when he got arrested on charges of vandalism while painting on British street signs in Cork. Ó Cadhla was released after a couple of hours of questioning by the gardaí.
He was also briefly jailed for refusing to disclose his campaign donations for his unsuccessful run in Ireland’s 2011 general election. The jail time was due to his refusal to pay a 300 Euro fine.
He is currently serving as Councillor for Cobh in Cork County Councill.
As part of my commitment to covering local political events going on around Cork city, this Thursday I attended a meeting concerned with changing British names of Ireland streets and places into Irish ones. I had seen their banner around Cork for a month now, and was really curious about it .This event was organized by Independent candidate of People’s Convention Mr. Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, and was held in his office located at 99 Douglas Street.
What Went Down at the Meeting
The meeting began with Mr. Ó Cadhla explaining the importance of Irish people standing up for themselves and respecting themselves by taking action to put the names of celebrated Irish figures on the streets instead of British royalties and aristocrats who had colonized Ireland for a long time and had a hand in the calamitous Irish famine.
Mr. Ó Cadhla then, heard other citizens’ opinion and tried to engage everybody in the discussion. He emphasized the importance of Irish people learning their own history and acknowledging their own achievements. He expressed his frustrations over the name of “Victoria Road” in Cork, since Queen Victoria is historically known as “the Famine Queen” in Ireland. Other British street/place names that Mr. Ó Cadhla and people at the meeting were most upset about included: Albert Quay, Marlborough Street (which is named after the Duke of Marlborough involved in the 1690 siege of Cork and the massacre of city’s inhabitants), Wellington road, and so on.
The meeting participants believed that those places have been named by foreign forces who considered Irish people as their slaves. Although one man who insisted on his neutrality mentioned something about the naming being done by peoples’ representatives at that time, his point of view was challenged and discussed by others.
One of the participants also argued that if they would take down those name from Streets and places people might no longer remember a part of Irish history ( regardless of its negativity). In response to that, Mr. Ó Cadhla said that they could still keep those names on plaques and such, but having them on the streets in high honor is unacceptable.
Mr. Ó Cadhla, also expressed his concerns about the demised sense of nationalism and patriotism in Ireland by mentioning that on the 17th of March which is Ireland’s national day , people of Ireland could be found anywhere in the world, except in Ireland. People also suggested names of Ireland’s celebrated figures such as well known mathematician and philosopher George Boole (who was actually of British nationality but spent a part of his life in Cork city and was the first Professor of Mathematics at the University College of Cork (UCC) at the time of his death,and was also married to an Irish woman) to replace negative British names.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Ó Cadhla and others vowed to gather round again in the coming weeks or so, and left their contact details for further contact and planning. So, if you are a cork resident who is passionate for this cause, I would say joining this movement and helping it keeping its momentum, would not be a bad choice.
I have to thank Mr. Ó Cadhla and other people there for being kind enough to let me take their photographs. I am looking forward to follow up on their efforts for getting their message through.