Under the Gun in Ireland: A Report From the North – August, 1983
Editordude: In honor of St Patrick's Day, we publish the following piece just sent to us by Michael Steinberg, who went to Ireland a number of times during the 1980s. Michael is the writer of our monthly "No Nukes" column, is a former OBcean and currently lives in San Francisco. "Under the Gun" is about the first time he went there in 1983. At the time he was living in Ocean Beach was working at OB Peoples; he wrote the piece upon his return. He made other tours in 1985 while still living and working in OB, then 2 more times, in 1988 and 1990 while living in North Carolina. Michael had moved to North Carolina to help open and maintain an organic food store. This is the first time this historical essay has been published. Happy Paddy's Day! By Michael Steinberg In the name of God and of dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children and her flag, and strikes for her freedom. Easter Rising Proclamation, 1916 In 1983, I was among a contingent of 82 Americans, including 7 San Diegans, who went on a fact finding tour of Northern Ireland. What we found there was a vicious colonialism that rules through murder, lies and a concerted attempt at total social control. And a native people who exist under this everyday terror and resist it with extraordinary courage and grace. I arrive a few days before the tour begins to explore the southern Republic a bit. I first visit the city of Limerick at the mouth of the River Shannon on the west coast. It was from here that my great-grandfather Cornelius Donahue emigrated sometime in the mid 19th century.