John McDonagh RFÉ 1 July 2017

Radio Free Éireann
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John McDonagh alerts us to a problem in Donegal over access to the Great Arch on the Fanad Peninsula. (begins time stamp ~ 11:50)

John:   Yes, and then one other topic I wanted to bring up: Anyone that listens to Radio Free Éireann – we know you’re going over this summer and we always push the west of Ireland and to get out of Dublin. And there’s that old saying: What’s the best thing that ever came out of Dublin? And it’s the road out of it!

So if you land in Dublin head to the west of Ireland. I’ve done shows with David McGowan who has a glamping site in South Sligo where he brought in a plane just to bring some publicity to that part of that – Sligo. And then just recently I just got back, I was in Donegal Town, the Reel Bar, r-e-e-l, is voted the most, the best Irish pub in Ireland, in Donegal Town. And one of the reasons I love it is they have a poster of Brian Mór, the founder of Radio Free Éireann, hanging up in the bar. And I would recommend anybody heading to Donegal Town to go to that.

The Great Pollet Sea Arch Source: Donegal Democrat Date: 2 July 2017

But I’ve been going for the past couple of years to the Fanad Peninsula, to the lighthouse which has just opened there, and one of the other tourists sites there is called the Great Arch. And it’s a bit difficult to get to ’cause you have to go through fields to get down to the beach. But it’s a natural thing that happened – that’s in that part of Donegal. Well an American bought a plot of land there and he has now closed it off because he will not give right-of-way to tourists to go down there and he’s hurting tourism there.

Fanad Arch Turnstyle Source: Donegal Daily Date: 22 June 2017

And there’s a little turnstyle that goes into the field. He has now blocked it up with cement and there’s been protests going on and it’s actually been raised in the Dáil and I want to give people alert: Please still go to the area. They hope to resolve it very shortly. And go to that Fanad Peninsula and Inishowen and the Bloody Foreland up there and go and support the west of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. (ends time stamp ~13:36)

The Bloody Foreland, County Donegal
Photo: wildatlanticway.com

 

John McDonagh RFÉ 10 June 2017

Radio Free Éireann
WBAI 99.5FM Pacifica Radio
New York City
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John McDonagh explains a controversy over a piece of Brian Mór O’ Baoighill’s artwork that was donated to the Free Derry Museum.  (begins time stamp ~17:12)

John:  The thing I wanted to bring up that – we had this problem when Brian Mór was alive. He designed a 1798 poster and when one of the Sinn Féin members became the Lord Mayor of Belfast he put it up on the wall there and we issued a statement on behalf of Bernie to say that he wanted that down – he didn’t want it to be up where British rule was being administered. And then – now all these years later Timmy Myles, AOH member from Nassau, had one of Bernie’s artwork from the Irish People newspaper of his drawing about Bloody Sunday in 1972. And Timmy thought instead of keeping it in his house he would donate it to the Free Derry Museum. So when this happened Kate Nash said they got word that British soldiers were up on the same all walls as the people that were killed by the British soldiers and we knew that Brian Mór would not want to be a part of a museum that was honouring British soldiers and the RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary).

The friends of Artist Brian Mor O'Baoighill know that he would demand that his artwork be removed from the Free Derry…

Posted by John McDonagh on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

So I got in contact with people from the National Irish Freedom Committee, Bernie’s partner, Joan, and I said: Listen, Bernie would not like this. So we issued a statement. It’s on Facebook – at Cabtivist on the Facebook and I’ll be reading that out when we get Kate Nash on the show. But it’s just the high-jacking that Sinn Féin does – whether it’s the graveyard saying: If this guy was alive today he would support British rule in Ireland – but now it’s sort of the artwork saying: These artists support what’s going on now. And we wanted to put a stop to that. And we were going to have Kate Nash hold the drawing until the names are taken down and then bring it back to the museum – which, when we talk to Kate Nash, there has been movement on that and we believe a lot of that has to do with her going to the museum with a letter from us in New York to take down the painting that’s up there. (ends time stamp ~19:08)