Posted By: November 28, 2020



Enacted  Thursday, December 23, 1920

Monday, August 31, 2020


Hi, I’m Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus in Washington, DC, and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize.


I want to talk to you today about the upcoming 100th Anniversary of England’s cruel and violent partition of Ireland, enacted on Thursday, December 23, 192


In 1920, England realized it could no longer hold onto the whole island of Ireland as it had brutally done for almost 800 years. Yet, England did not want to quit Ireland completely.


So, England retreated to the north-east of Ireland and carved out — through gerrymander, and on a racist/sectarian headcount— Six Counties (just one-sixth of Ireland) containing about a million people who favored rule by England (Protestants) to a half-million people who opposed rule by England (Catholics).


Thus, Northern Ireland was created to be an anti-Irish and anti-Catholic State in which Catholics would be systematically denied equality and excluded from all power.


Such an undemocratic State was bound to fail—and fail it did, totally and violently with great loss of life.


Eventually, thank God, the 1998 Good Friday Agreement ended the violence. At the same time, it made it ever more clear that England’s partition of Ireland was an appalling crime against Ireland.


And, now, it is perfectly obvious to all, with ears to hear, that England’s game in Ireland is up. Even the most right-wing extremists in England realize this.


For starters, Scotland seems to be heading toward independence. And in Northern Ireland itself, the large artificially engineered  Protestant majority no longer exists. And so, the writing is on the wall, for those with eyes to see. Or, as Martin Luther King, Jr. liked to quote: “The  moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”


That is why the ONE IRELAND Internet Petition of the Irish National Caucus is so timely, urgent, and meaningful: “Ireland, too, has the right to be One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”


Many thousands have signed this Petition, which is on


I ask you please to sign it. It is the perfect response to England’s partition of Ireland.


Unlike England’s imperial division and partition, our ONE IRELAND  Petition is about unity and peace; about equality, non-discrimination, reconciliation, and mutual respect.


It rejects racism and sectarianism, the twin-evils of this world. It stands for The Beloved Community as taught by Martin Luther King, Jr.

And it agrees with Pope John Paul II who teaches: “peace is the fruit of solidarity.”


This is a splendid, caring, and noble Petition. I hope you will be proud to sign it.


Please find the One Ireland Petition on

On Facebook and other social media networks.

And on

Thank you.

God save Ireland.