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Pat O'Donnell, a Hero

Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times,An Irishwoman's Diary, Sat 28th Oct 2006

Here's a story which illustrates the impact that a controversial project is having on a close-knit community. Nine years ago this week, emergency services received a report that four people had not returned from a boat trip to Belderrig pier in north Mayo.

Solidarity Demos with Pat - come along!

Shell to Sea

 - Community Solidarity organisation meeting, Inver Community Hall, Friday 5th, 8pm

 - Protest at Bellanaboy Refinery, Wednesday 10th

 - Concert at Castlerea Prison, Saturday 13th

 - St. Patrick's Day Pat O'Donnell Support, Irish Embassy in London, Tuesday 16th, 11am

Release Pat O’Donnell and bring the Corrib gas field back into public control

Joe Higgins - MEP

Having travelled from Dublin on Friday to visit Pat O’Donnell in Castlerea Prison, I was encouraged by Pat stating that he was well treated and well respected by prison staff. However, it is an outrage that Pat O’Donnell finds himself in prison at all. He is a victim of the criminalisation of decent people involved in peaceful protest in Erris which highlights the handover of an entire natural resource to a multinational corporation, with not a cent in royalties for the Irish people.

People of Erris rally to Pat O'Donnell

Shell to Sea

--- Message of solidarity sent to jailed fisherman ---

A motorised convoy of 99 cars took part in a rally yesterday in support of Pat O'Donnell. The rally went from Mr O'Donnell's homeplace at Porturlin, traveled through much of Erris, and finished at Ballyglass Pier fishing port. Mr O'Donnell was sent to Castlerea prison recently for seven months for his opposition to Shell and protecting his community.

Pipe Down: New Documentary on the Corrib Gas Project

Cian O

* Winner - Best Feature Documentary - Waterford Film Festival 2009 *

Pipe Down is an hour long documentary that tells the story of a rural community in Co. Mayo in Ireland, who have been battling the oil giant Shell over their plans to put a dangerous raw gas pipeline through the community and complete construction of a gas processing terminal that is a threat to their delicate environment.

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