Sunday, December 04, 2011

Prisoners' Month

Prisoners' Month
Dave Barry,
Ógra Shinn Féin, Chorcaí

A chairde,

As many of you are aware the month of December has always traditionally been Prisoners' month, and this December in the year 2011 is no different from the other years gone by. As many of you are probably aware, we still have one prisoner aligned to our movement on the E2 Landing in Portlaoise Gaol. Tom Hanlon from Cork is currently serving a three year and three month sentence for IRA membership on trumped up evidence and on the word of a detective chief superintendent.

Tom is a former Sinn Féin Councillor for Passage West in Cork and also stood in the 2002 General Election. He is the only POW aligned to us in Portlaoise Gaol, so it is upto us to support him on the outside.

Write a letter of support or send christmas cards to Tom and let him know he is not forgotten by ÓSF during the festive season! It only takes a few minutes to write a letter or card and it will be greatly appreciated and will boost morale for Tom knowing that you have taken the time to think about him.

This is the address to send letters or cards to,







An Cumann Cabhrach - The Republican Prisoner's dependants fund, will be holding a christmas fundraiser for Tom and his family on Saturday 17th of December in St.Vincent's GAA club in Cork city. Music will be provided on the night by Cork's No.1 Rebel band 'Clann Eireann' and the spectacular balladeer Roger Good. Tickets will cost 10 euro and are available from the Cork Sinn Féin Síopa, 136 Barrack St. Cork city. I would urge anyone who cannot attend the fundraiser to purchase a ticket regardless, or else make a donation to An Cumann Cabhrach if possible. It is all for a good cause.

If anybody has any questions or queries they can contact myself on 00353 85 817 12 37 or alternatively email me at

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