Maamtrasna Murders – Galway Commemoration and a new song marking the execution of Myles Joyce, an innocent man

Dec 20, 2012 | Uncategorized

See: http://www.beo.ie/alt-cuairt-stait.aspx
A new song has een recorded to commemorate the Maamtrasna Murders: Listen here –
http://anghaeltacht.net/Mam1882/filamhran.html
Maamtrasna Murders – Galway Commemoration, December 2012 – 130 years after the execution of Myles Joyce, an innocent man.
Wreath Laying Galway Cathedral
The President of Ireland, Michael D.Higgins, attended a Mass, the laying of wreaths and a symposium held in Galway on December 15th, 2012, 130 years to the day after the execution of Myles Joyce, wrongly convicted of  the Maamtrasna murders.
The murders and subsequent execution led to a six day parliamentary debate in the House of Commons and ultimately to the collapse of Gladstone’s Government and defeat at the following General Election.
Lord Alton of Liverpool said that it was ironic that Gladstone had coined the phrase “justice delayed is justice denied” – and that “this is precisely what has happened in the case of Myles Joyce, whose trial made a mockery of justice. He was tried in a language he did not understand, exonerated by those accused alongside him, and executed for a crime he did not commit.” Lord Alton laid a wreath commemorating all victims of human rights abuses and said that in countries like Iran the death penalty continued to be used to execute men and women for political and social reasons.
He said that it was too easy to simply say we should ” forgive and forget”  and that we would do better to “forgive and remember, to put right old wrongs and always seek to heal history.” He called for a posthumous pardon for Myles Joyce as a way of recognising “a terrible miscarriage of justice.”

With the Irish President, his wife, and Johnny Joyce, a descendant of the murdered family.

With the Irish President, his wife, and Johnny Joyce, a descendant of the murdered family.


At the Mass, celebrated in Irish, at Galway Cathedral - adjacent to the spot where Myles Joyce was executed

At the Mass, celebrated in Irish, at Galway Cathedral – adjacent to the spot where Myles Joyce was executed


Walking from the Cathedral to the wreath laying with Seán Ó CuirreáinAn Coimisinéir Teanga [Irish Language Commissioner]

Walking from the Cathedral to the wreath laying with Seán Ó Cuirreáin
An Coimisinéir Teanga
[Irish Language Commissioner]


With President Michael D.Higgins, ninth President of Ireland

With President Michael D.Higgins, ninth President of Ireland


With Johnny Joyce

With Johnny Joyce


With Mr Brian and Mrs,Mary McCusker of Tourmakeady and Declan Ganley

With Mr Brian and Mrs,Mary McCusker of Tourmakeady and Declan Ganley


At the symposium in Galway Museum with Seán Ó CuirreáinAn Coimisinéir Teanga [Irish Language Commissioner] and Johnny Joyce

At the symposium in Galway Museum with Seán Ó Cuirreáin
An Coimisinéir Teanga
[Irish Language Commissioner] and Johnny Joyce


Speaking at the Symposium

Speaking at the Symposium


Speaking at the Symposium

Speaking at the Symposium


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Photograph of the Commemoration Day:
http://seanomainnin.zenfolio.com/p1016589714/h4f9423ce#h4f941e32
RTE Report:
http://www.rte.ie/news/player/2012/1215/3453437-130th-anniversary-of-maolra-seoiges-execution-marked-in-galway/

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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