Why is no one calling for a ceasefire?

photo of huge explosion in the Four Courts Dublin, june 1922

On this day in 1922, the Four Courts in Dublin city was shelled by Irish Free State forces, using two 18 pounder guns lent to them by the British army. This is generally accepted as the beginning of the Irish Civil War, a brutal conflict between former friends and combatants, between those who supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty and those who opposed it.

The six months before this had been a period of rising tensions in the country. Despite parliamentary acceptance of the treaty in Dáil Éireann on the 7th of January, a large majority of the militants rejected it believing that the settlement fell far short of their goal of an all-Ireland Republic.

“Cogadh na gCarad” we called it, meaning: the war between friends.

charcoal and wash drawing by eoin mac lochlainn civil war trauma

charcoal and wash drawing by eoin mac lochlainn civil war trauma

eoinmaclochlainn charcoal drawing civil war

charcoal and wash drawing by eoin mac lochlainn civil war trauma

charcoal drawing by Eoin Mac Lochlainn trauma of the Irish Civil War

You might know that I’ve been working on a series of charcoal drawings for some time now, reflecting on the trauma of the Irish Civil War.  This project continues to put other global conflicts in perspective for me.  Whatever the reasons, whatever the causes, when it comes down to it, it’s always some mother’s son, it’s somebody’s sister or brother, it’s somebody’s neighbour who get’s killed.

Why is no one calling for a ceasefire in Ukraine?  Why is no one trying to bring an end to this devastating war?

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9 comments

  1. Tá a fhios agam… tá a fhios agam… uafásach… tubaisteach… faraor… faraor géar dóite…

    Cé a dúirt: ‘Ireland unfree will never be at peace.’ ‘The fools the fools, the fools. They left us our fenians dead.’ ‘That this war would end wars.’

    Cheapfá go dtuigfeadh Putin ón méid atá ar eolas againn faoin stair.

    Áit ar bith a mbíonn éagóir, bíonn troid ar ais, luath nó mall…

    An seanscéal céanna faraor…

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    • Bhuel, tá’s agat go mbíonn dhá insint ar gach scéal agus… fiú má éiríonn le Putin an Donbas a ghabháil, tá an cogadh seo tar éis dochair thubaisteach a dhéanamh don Rúis fhéin – agus mar sin, tá na Meiriceánaigh sásta – agus níor chaill siad aon dá chuid saighdiúirí an babhta seo!

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      • Níl aon ceist faoi ceasefire, mar dá mbeadh ceann ann, bheadh an Rúis ábalta regrouping (re-arming, re-conscripting, etc). Ní féidir le sin tárlúint, Eoin. Is gá don Ukraine na Rúisigh a dhíbirt, le cabhair na tíre eile ar fad ins an ‘western alliance.’ Éire chomh maith. Muna n-éiríonn leis an Ukraine na Rúisigh a dhíbirt, ní fada go mbeidh na Rúisigh ag ionsaigh Moldovia, Georgia, an Phólainn, Lithuania agus na stáit eile ar an ‘eastern front.’ Chun muid fhéin in éirinn agus an chuid eile den Eoraip a chosaint, caithfidh muid tacaíocht a thabhairt don Ukraine agus aon tír eile are an ‘eastern front.’

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      • Hmmm, cúpla rud le rá agam faoi do ráiteas a Chóilín… Léigh mé alt sa Guardian tamaillín ó shin a dúirt rud eicint mar seo: “Am eicint, beidh ar an dá thaobh teacht chun socrú. Cén fáth nach ndéanfaidis é sin níos luaithe in ionad níos déanaí?” (An dá taobh a bhí i gceist aige ná an Rúis agus Nato agus is sé an Úcráin an ‘piggy in the middle’ sa scéal seo) Dúirt sé freisin go raibh dhá scenarios a dfhéadfadh a thárlúint. A. ghabhfadh NATO isteach sa cogadh iad féin agus seans maith gurb é sin tús an Tríú Chogadh Domhanda, go bhfóire Dia orainn. B. thosnódh siad comhchainteanna síochána agus roinnfeadh siad suas an Úcráin (mar a dhéanfadh impireachtaí fadó, nó tar éis an Dara Chogadh Domhanda mar shampla) Ach measaim faoi láthair go bhfuil Meiriceá sásta go leor chun ligint don cogadh leanúint ar aghaidh agus dochair mór a dhéanamh don Rúis go h-idirnáisiúnta… so níl aon spéis acu deireadh a chur leis. (Cé tá thíos leis ach na hEorpaigh bochta?) Ní dóigh liomsa gur chóir dúinne in Éirinn aon bhaint a bheith againn le taobh amháin nó an taobh eile. An bhealach sin, bhéadh seans againn a bheith ina ambassadóirí síochána. Os rud é go bhfuil Varadkar agus a cháirde ag déanamh a dhícheall muid a thabhairt isteach san chogadh tá sé ag cur an tír i gcontúirt. Ach níos measa ná sin, ta sé/siad (na warmongers) ag cur an domhan ar fad i gcontúirt. What do we want? Peace talks. When do we want it? NOW!

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      • Go leor rudaí ansin nach n-aontaím leis, Eoin, ach níl am agam é a phlé.

        Rud amháin, níl na Meiriceánaigh chomh cynical agus a cheapann tú. Tá fhios acu go bhfuil géar-ghá an chogadh a stopadh, agus sin an fáth go bhfuil siad ag cur air defence system de short eigint chuig an Úcrain anois. Muna n-eiríonn leis an Úcrain na Rúisigh a stopadh, beidh tríú cogadh domhanda ann, agus beidh an Eoraip ar fad gafa leis, fiú amháin Éire, agus tá an ceart ag Varadkar agus an rialtas má tá sé ag rá go mbeidh ar Eireann a phairt a phlé ann.

        Beannachtaí

        Cóilín

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        Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist commented: “Hmmm, cúpla rud le rá agam faoi do ráiteas a Chóilín… Léigh mé alt sa Guardian tamaillín ó shin a dúirt rud eicint mar seo: “Am eicint, beidh ar an dá thaobh teacht chun socrú. Cén fáth nach ndéanfaidis é sin níos luaithe in ionad níos déanaí?” (An d”

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  2. I don’t know if it makes much difference, but the Pope keeps asking and praying for peace in Ukraine…

    “I wonder if peace is truly being sought, whether there is the will to avoid a continued military and verbal escalation, whether everything possible is being done so to silence the weapons.”

    “I beg you, let us not surrender to the logic of violence, to the perverse spiral of weapons. May the path of dialogue and peace be taken! ”

    “Before the madness of war, please, let us continue to pray the Rosary for peace each day. And let us pray for the leaders of nations, so they might not lose the “pulse of the people” who want peace and who know well that weapons never achieve it, never.”

    …agus go leor eile dá leithéid sin…

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  3. Ní ‘good guys’ iad na Meiriceánaigh, ach seasainn siad idir muid agus an Rúis ag scriosadh an Eoraip ar fad. Tá sé soiléir go bhfuil an Rúis ag déanamh genocide ar an Úcrain, agus má éiríonn leo, ní fada go mbeidh Moldova, Georgia, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia agus an Gearmain thoir go leir ins an firing line. Freisin, muna stoptar na Rúisigh ins an Úcrain, beidh siad cinnte go mbeidh sé okay dóibh intercontinental ballistic missiles núicléach a úsaid ar cathracha san Eoraip. B’shin an chéad rud a rith trí mo aigne ar an 24ú Feabhra, agus tá an cosúlacht air anois gur sin an bealach a bhfuil Putin féin ag smaoineamh. Agus sin an fáth go gcaithfidh muid, in éirinn agus an Eoraip uilig, seasamh le NATO, mar níl an cosaint againn san Eoraip i gcoinne fear gan coinsias ar nós Putin.

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