Irish Election Literature

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“The Birmingham Six , Remember Them This Christmas” -Christmas Card issued by The Birmingham Six Committee mid 80s December 24, 2011

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From the mid eighties a Christmas Card issued by The Birmingham Six Committee. “The Birmingham Six , Remember Them This Christmas” . It asked the recipient to light six candles in the window on Christmas Day to show your belief in the innocence of Hugh Callaghan, Paddy Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker.
It also asked the recipients to write to Douglas Hurd, Peter Barry, TDs , MP and other bodies.
The Birmingham Six were wrongly convicted of the 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombings and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1975. After a long campaign they were released in 1991.
Many thanks to the Sender.

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“Hello! I’m Back” -Christmas Card from The Communist Party of Ireland 2010 December 24, 2010


With this Card may I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year. A New Year that I’m sure will have me busy with the forthcoming Election.
Many thanks for all those who’ve sent stuff throughout the year, its much appreciated. Its nice to post material other than my own which broadens the scope of the material posted. As ever should you get a leaflet or the like I’d love a copy (or the original).

A 2010 Christmas Card from The Communist Party of Ireland.
many thanks to the sender

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“Merry Bloody Christmas” card for domestic abuse and other Christmas Cards December 22, 2010

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Was sent these images, alas the sender does not have better quality images or the inside pages of the cards.
The first Christmas Card for Domestic abuse victims is very good and were anyone to have a better quality image or indeed the full card I’d love to post it.
We also have a card from the Orange Order and one of Marx with a Santa hat.

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2010 Christmas Card from Bertie Ahern and Cyprian Brady – details all the good things done over the past year December 20, 2010


From Bertie and Cyprian a Christmas card with the message
“Thank You and Best Wishes for Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year” – ‘From Your Local TDs -Fianna Fail’.
Inside we’ve a garish picture of Bertie and one of Cyprian also. We get to read about all the good news in Dublin Central over the past year.
At the back is a lovely picture of St Lukes with details of Clinic Times and contact details.
Many thanks to the sender.

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Christmas Cards from 1984 -“Support The Miners right to a Future” and “The Miners Fight is Your Fight” December 14, 2010

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Two of a series of Christmas cards produced in 1984 by Rhymney Valley Miners Support Group during the Miners Strike in Britain.
(I have two more which I shall post too -many thanks to the sender)
The First Card contains a poem entitled ‘Kids Questions’ which begins

amid the quiet of the night.
Children don’t understand this fight.
They don’t know or realise,
Why their dad has tears in his eyes….

The Second Card has a poem ‘The Death of a Lady’ which begins..

My GOD! What a legacy.
Dark grey hills of slag.
My valley was once beautiful,
now she’s an ugly broken hag….

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‘Christmas Greetings to All Oppressed Peoples’ – Christmas Card -Prisoners Aid Committee 70/80s October 3, 2010


A Christmas Card published by The Prisoners Aid Committee. ‘Christmas Greetings to All Oppressed Peoples‘ with lyrics taken from the ballad ‘The Moon Behind The Hill’.
Many thanks to the sender.

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Out of The Ashes Arose The Provisionals -Republican Christmas Card April 30, 2010


A christmas card produced, I assume by the Republican movement or Sinn Fein. I think its from the 70s or early 80s.
Aside from the  traditional ‘Nollaig faoi shean is faoi mhaise duit’ in the card there is also a quote from Marie Drumm.
‘We must take no steps backwards, our steps must be forward, for if we don’t our martyrs who died for you, for me, for this country, will haunt us for eternity’
Marie Drumm was a former vice president of Sinn Féin who was assinated whilst in hospital by Loyalists in 1976. She was also a commander in Cumann na mBan.
many thanks to the donor

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