Irish Anti War Movement reports of March 8th<sup>th

IAWM reports of March 8thth demo’s

Thousands of people joined a large anti-war march in Cork city on Saturday, 8 March. Gardai estimated 5,000 were present, though a count by the Cork Anti-War Campaign suggests that the figure was closer to 4,000. There were representatives from across the community and speakers at the rally and open-air concert in Emmet Place included Kathleen Lynch TD (Labour Party), Joe Higgins TD (Socialist Party), Dan Boyle TD (Green Party), Latif Silharden (Kurdish community), and Mary Kelly (ex-Shannon Peace Camp). Music was provided by John Spillane, Open Kitchen, Head Over Heels, and Eoin Coughlan.  

On Saturday 8th March, International Women's day, up to 200 anti war protesters in Derry braved the wind and rain, not to mention resisting the distractions of a Celtic-Rangers football match AND Ireland v. France in the Six Nations, to signal their continuing opposition to George Bush and Tony Blair's aggressive stance and threats of war against Iraq. The march, organised by the Derry Anti War Coalition, was a colourful affair, accompanied by a battery of drums, whistles and bells and fronted by an International Women's Day banner. The march was just one of many taking place in towns and cities the length and breadth of Ireland.

Starting from the Waterside, the marchers crossed Craigavon Bridge and finished up at a rally in Guildhall Square with an all-women panel of speakers, who included Bernadette McAliskey, a veteran campaigner and former Westminster MP. Ms. McAliskey drew a vivid picture of the cold and calculating minds of the warmongers who callously weigh up human lives against their own economic survival. She called on all Irish politicians to boycott the annual St. Patrick's Day invitation to the White House, urging all present to withhold their vote to any politician who "sipped champagne over shamrock on the White House lawn, whilst the bombs were falling on Baghdad." Other speakers spoke of human rights injustices and the consequences of war to women and children, and celebrated the role of women and their struggle to build and share a better world.

250 to 300 people marched in Tullamore against the war on March 8th.
Despite the miserable weather more than 250 people took part in a march through Tullamore organised by the Offaly AntiWar Movement.

After sending a busfull of people to the IAWM event in Shannon last week, collecting thousands of signatures for a petition and organising public meetings the Offaly Anti War Movement held their own demo in Tullamore on Saturday.

After strolling from the GAA Center to the Market Square people listened to speakers before going back to a local hall for a few pints and a bit of a session with local musicians.

Spiddal and Galway.
Several anti-war events were scheduled in Galway. In Spiddal, in the afternoon, 150 people attended an Irish language service in the Catholic Church, jointly organised by Christians, Muslims, and anti-war activists.
In Galway city centre, from 7 pm, about 500 joined a candle-lit vigil for peace. This was fewer than the organisers expected, but was creditable given the weather conditions. Earlier, a Galway contingent participated in the Global Women's Strike anti-war event at Shannon airport. 'Awareness' activities in Loughrea and Ballinasloe had to be cancelled due to the terrible weather.