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The Rest is Silence
This is our last issue. This week the "Donegal Vindicator" dies and we
ourselves have chosen to bury it.
It is not an easy task--we perform it with sadness in our heart, mind and
eyes but with the full and certain knowledge that what we do is right, just and
Sixty-seven years ago we raised the "Vindicator" bannerhead in the service of
the Irish and Catholic cause. We have fought with all the strength of our
convictions in that service. Through those years we have savoured fully the
fruits of reversal and victory, of oppression and freedom, of sorrow and joy;
pleasing and offending; encouraging, exhorting and leading; sympathising,
congratulating and decrying; living, sharing and working with our own, with the
people of Donegal.
We are human and we are mortal. Human, we take pride in our record, and on
our departure re-affirm every syllable penned and printed as our views. Mortal,
we bow to the inevitable; on earth all things must die.
It is our privilege to write our own obituary, but we do not do so. What we
have written is writ, what we have done is done.
Our experiences have been varied and many; they have taught us much and they
have taught us nothing. We had one path to follow and we did not leave it. In
these later weeks, leading to that decision we now enforce, the background of
those experiences eased its making. They were the sounding-board and they all
rang with the one note.
We have been, and we are to the final period, a Donegal paper, jealously and
bitterly parochial and none the worse for it. In our last moments we abjure, and
spit upon, the tinsel proffered by party dilettantes, those who preach for
reward, for they are a revulsion of putrefaction.
To those journalists, newspapermen and printers who survive us in Donegal,
with truth and sincerity, we wish God's blessing. To our colleagues elsewhere a
fond farewell, and to you, dear reader, let memory be kind.
One further and special word, and that to Ballyshannon, the centre of our
coming and our going. We have been happy together, through the good and the bad.
May your happiness continue and increase, and with wisdom, charity and
forbearance may the one essential for all good come your way--unity.
A copy of the above hand-written editorial was preserved by my brothers
and returned to me by my niece, Carol, in February of this year. The sadness is
gone, replaced by pride in what we of the "Vindicator" attempted and
© John Ward, Canada
Friday, May 3, 2000 A.D.
Eighty-fourth anniversary of
the execution in Kilmainham Jail of Thomas MacDonagh.
In homage to Eily MacAdam and her hero, Thomas MacDonagh, two poems are
Ecumenical Council (An Easter Thought)
The sonnet, "Ecumenical Council" by Eily MacAdam is reprinted from the
"Catholic Virginian", Richmond, of March 31, 1961.
"Who will roll back the stone?" the holy women sighed
Bearing, at dawn, anointing unguents to the tomb
Of the Beloved Master in anxious gloom
That turned to joy, for angel hand had set it wide.
He who was dead is risen--It was Eastertide--
He who had woven with mankind, in upper room,
Fabric of mystic brotherhood, which the loom
Weaves ill to-day--the master-piece all blurred by pride.
Wherefore, from Peter's Chair, comes invitation
That Christian men seek Christ as holy women sought
In bond of love, sad for the world's desolation--
To quest the tapestry of one-ness that He wrought,
Bearing the fragrant spice of charity alone,
What joy if angel hand roll back the sund'ring stone!
The above poem by Thomas MacDonagh appears in the book "Poems of the Irish
Revolutionary Brotherhood". Of his execution and those of the other leaders of
the 1916 Rising, a British officer who was present said: "They all died well,
but MacDonagh died like a Prince."
Life is a boon--and death as spirit
and flesh are twain;
The body is spoil of death, the spirit
lives on death-free;
The body dies and its wound dies and
the mortal pain;
The wounded spirit lives, wounded
[Postscript] In the second edition of The "Vindicator Story" the content
dealing with Pa McAdam's early life in Ireland has been altered to correspond
with research carried out by his great-granddaughter Carol Briscoe (nee Ward).
All references to Lipton should be deleted.
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