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The Release & Homecoming of Pat 'The Chief' O'Donnell - Photo Essay

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FSB! - Rossport Solidarity Camp - Indymedia

Selected photographs of the triumphant homecoming of a Hero and Friend!

The Chief is free!!

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Erris was abuzz with joy and merriment as one of her finest sons, Pat 'the Chief' O'Donnell was freed from Castlerea Prison yesterday after 158 days of Shell-decreed incarceration. He was met by an ecstatic group of well-wishers outside the prison and was piped off the prison precincts after speeches by himself, Maura Harrington, and a message of support from Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Mayor of Roscommon County Council. 

Pat then returned to his native Porturlin in a motorcade via Ballyhaunis, Claremorris, Castlebar, Foxford, Ballina, Killala and Ballycastle. In Castlebar and Ballina he was piped through the main streets to the appreciation of passers-by. At Glenamoy Cross, Pat left his car to enter the joyful embrace of his friends, neighbours and supporters who had waited several hours for his return. After half an hour there of being welcomed back, Pat and the motorcade made the final leg of the journey home to Porturlin, where the whole village was assembled round a roaring bonfire to welcome their valiant neighbour back to his home patch.

Today, Pat attended the Street Feast outside McGuire's in Pollatomish, and there he thanked the many friends and supporters who kept his spirits up while imprisoned, and the many friends he made while in prison, and reminded people to keep up the support for Niall Harnett, another prisoner of Shell now jailed for his 89th day. the well-attended Street Feast made a fitting end to a most joyful weekend in Erris.

The Chief Abú!

 

author by FSB! - Rossport Solidarity Camppublication date Sun Jul 18, 2010 20:58Report this post to the editors

More photos from the joyful day.

Ó Domhnaill abú - Scaoil Saor Niall!
Ó Domhnaill abú - Scaoil Saor Niall!

Pat being chaired away from prison
Pat being chaired away from prison

Pat being piped away from Castlerea Prison
Pat being piped away from Castlerea Prison

The prison is behind him now...
The prison is behind him now...

Pat O'Donnell and his family together in Castlerea
Pat O'Donnell and his family together in Castlerea

author by FSB! - Rossport Solidarity Camppublication date Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:12Report this post to the editors

Another selection of photos chronicling Pat's triumphant return home. Please remember Niall Harnett, now 89 days in Castlerea Prison.

Banner at Pat's release celebration, Castlerea
Banner at Pat's release celebration, Castlerea

Another banner at Pat's release celebration, Castlerea
Another banner at Pat's release celebration, Castlerea

Pat's motorcade being piped down Market St., Castlebar
Pat's motorcade being piped down Market St., Castlebar

Pat, banner and piper at Castlebar Courthouse
Pat, banner and piper at Castlebar Courthouse

Pat's motorcade being piped through Ballina's Pearse St.

Pat's motorcade being piped through Ballina's Pearse St.

author by FSB! - Rossport Solidarity Camppublication date Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:20Report this post to the editors

Another set of photos showing Pat's joyful homecoming.

The Chief at Glenamoy Cross - back home to the warm embrace of<br />
those who know him best...
The Chief at Glenamoy Cross - back home to the warm embrace of those who know him best...

...and a cuppa from Mary H!
...and a cuppa from Mary H!

The message is clear!
The message is clear!

Pat - back in Porturlin
Pat - back in Porturlin

The bonfire and crowd to welcome him home to Porturlin
The bonfire and crowd to welcome him home to Porturlin

 

author by FSB! - Rossport Solidarity Camppublication date Sun Jul 18, 2010 21:30Report this post to the editors

A final selection of photos from the joyful weekend.

Dancing at the Street Feast today
Dancing at the Street Feast today

Pat dancing at the Street Feast today
Pat dancing at the Street Feast today

Pat O'Donnell expressing his thanks to the people who stood by him<br />
at the Street Feast today

Pat O'Donnell expressing his thanks to the people who stood by him at the Street Feast today