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Kick Me When I’m Down, Ireland

I felt compelled to write a blog after my experience of being kicked up the arse once more by this country that I live in.

Two days ago, after waiting months for my medical card, I finally got it in the post. And you know what it was? They gave me a GP visit card – but not only that, they only issued it for one month. Yes, I’m serious. I was issued a blood GP Visit Card for one month. It expires in September.

It always surprises me the way the people who run this country kick us when we’re down. They strip us of all extra cash, to the point where people can just about pay the mortgage and afford groceries, and then they refuse to give us any assistance whatsoever. They decide to take away our A&E services in our nearest hospital, knowing full well that people will die as a result; they decide to only give me a half assed version of a benefit for a month, because they clearly are full of it.

So Ireland, please continue to kick us when we’re down. You’ve done well of it so far. Even when the Celtic Tiger was alive and roaring, they still took our money. It seems that all these people care about is themselves. Nobody else. As long as the rich men in the suits get their whopping pay cheque at the end of the week, everything is dandy.

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9 comments on “Kick Me When I’m Down, Ireland

  1. Well said Patrick. Spoken like a true patriot of the people.

  2. Dead right patrick:) And yes this is me reading your blod:) Well said:) x

  3. Hello Patrick are you blogging tonight?
    I got Liam to read me out your blogs, and I really enjoyed the blog entitled ‘The Woes of Ireland’. I loved your turn of speech, phraseology and the contents. Don’t forget that your great great Grandfather was a Fenian, James Hyland, who escaped to America 6 times during the troubles. There’s a bit of the old rebel blood in the veins yet! You’ve seen his headstone down in Carrantample Cemetery a few years ago, a new one was erected last year.

    Here is some information about him, Liam is going to show me how to use your blog and i look forward to reading further posts from you, you have a talent for journalism, keep at it, you will do us all proud.

    Nanny Mary x

    JAMES HYLAND

    Sacred to the memory of James Hyland, an Irishman who labored consistently during his life for the freedom of his country and who suffered many hardships and miseries for the sake of Roisin Dubh. (Inscription on the grave of James Hyland).

    James Hyland was born in Kilfree, in the parish of Gurteen in 1836. His father, Patrick Hyland was a small farmer and a tenant on the estate of The McDermott, Prince of Coolavin. From his earliest years, James was a student of history. He attended the local school and later a special school in Ballaghaderreen. He subsequently graduated to the position of Principal of a local school. James Hyland, who was a worthy historian could not turn a deaf ear to the injustices of several centuries in his native country. The Fenian Movement was begun and James was to become its head in the Gurteen area, a position he gladly accepted, even though he was aware that his career as schoolmaster might be jeopardised. The authorities began rounding up all known “Fenian men” in and around the year 1865 and James was tipped off by a Protestant friend and neighbor, James Powell. Shortly afterwards he resigned his headship and went into hiding.

    No doubt it was due to his increased activity in the Movement that brought the two Fenian leaders, James Stephens and O’Donovan Rossa to visit Gurteen. In September 1865, James Hyland was arrested at Clogher and charged with illegal training and drill, but soon released on bail and he continued his activities. He was again arrested in February 1866 and held at Sligo Prison. Strong representation was made on his behalf by Charles J. McDermott, J.P. of Coolavin. This petition was also signed by the Reverend M. Finn, the local Parish Priest, and Charles Costello of Kilfree. In 1867 still another petition was signed and forwarded to Dublin to the authorities and this time the names of James Powell and another Protestant neighbor by the name of James Knott of Battlefield. Hyland was released as a result of this petition and on the sureties of Dominick and John Rogers and that he keep the peace for two years. After the Fenian Rising collapsed in March 1867, Hyland left for America and upon his return 10 years later, he became a close friend of Michael Davitt, famous as the Leader of the Land League Movement. James Hyland was no doubt responsible for the coming to Gurteen in November 1879 for a massive Land League meeting of the founder himself. This meeting is described elsewhere in this history James Hyland died in November 1905 and was laid to rest in Carntemple Cemetery, close to his home. In 1909 a large monument, in the form of a Celtic Cross was unveiled over his grave, on which occasion John O’Dowd, M.P., himself a Fenian in his youth, paid tribute to the great Fenian leader. James Hyland was a man of conviction, a great Irishman, a worthy Sligoman and a man that Gurteen should be proud to call her own.

    • Hi Nanna Mary! Thanks for reading my blog, I really appreciate the comment and the history of James Hyland. I found it really interesting to read and it’s great to know that we’re related to such a brave and patriotic person. Thanks again!

  4. true patrick, i feel lucky that i managed to get my card, but still feel very ashamed of this country, to fight so hard for our right to exist, only to wind up destroying our own country and failing its people,

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