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"ERIN GO BRAGH!"

WAVING THE OLD GREEN FLAG. Tho following are extracts from a remarkable communication sent a short time ago to his relative in Carrick-on-Suir bv Corporal Michael O'Mara. of tho Irish Guards:— We are British soldiers, and proud of tho namet and proud to belong to the groat British Empire, but in doing our duty for tho glory and honor of the Empire we have always also in our minds to add. if we can. more" lustre to the- fair name of Erin. Our flag af green, with tho harp and shamrock and tho word.* " Erin Go Bragh,'' is nowfaded and tmn, but still loved and chori?hed. Talking about the dear old flag, I shall .endeavor to describe how at C—-, when tho fate of the day ecemed to waver in tho balance, when the ruthless onemy by slices- weight of numbers war. pressing oiivrnrd at every point of vantage, tho faded flag turned a threatened defeat into decieivo victory. On our left were the Munstcrs. on our right the Leinsters and Connaught Rangers. -Ml were hard pressed and were about to retire, when suddenly from the firing line ono of our comrades rushed out flourishing the old green flag, and shouting " Erin Goßragh'." With the blood coursing fast through my i-eins I watched with prido and admiration the marvellous effect produced by these simple words. With a mighty cheer that seemed to rend the heavens, and that rose and swelled even above tho din of battle, thceo hard-pressed wins of Erin charged down en the advancing enemy with fixed bayonets. Tho Germans were completely staggered by this unexpected turn of events when victory seemed Just within their grasp, but they were given little time for hesitation, for, to slightly alter the words of a well-known Irish ballad: Like lions leaping at a fold, When mad with hungers pang. Ti.igiu up against the German lines These Irioh heroes sprang. The. Germans turned and fled in all riilections, completely routed and wholly disorganised. Such was the effect on the Irish,"Awards of the sight of their old green flag and.the cry of "Erin Go Gragh.'

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"ERIN GO BRAGH!", Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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"ERIN GO BRAGH!" Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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