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Ken and Tarak Start their Walk for Freedom

Saturday Sept 7th US Veterans for Peace Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers started the first stage of their Walk for Freedom at Limerick Prison. A crowd of around 30 gathered to see them off, with some accompanying Ken and Tarak for much of the first day's walking.

Those attending the send-off included MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace, Limerick Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan, and Senator Paul Gavan also of Sinn Fein.

Shannon Song (tune of Galway Bay)

lyrics by Ann Shirazi with an assist from Ken Mayers (last two lines)

 

Do you know who flies across the sea to Ireland?

The US Army has the right of way

You can sit and watch the aircraft land at Shannon

Transporting troops and weapons every day

 

US Military Veterans Walk through Ireland to Promote Peace

US Veterans For Peace members Tarak Kauff and Kenneth Mayers who are being held in Ireland by the Irish judicial system and the Irish State will be undertaking a very significant campaigning event starting on Saturday September 7th. This is a Walk for Freedom throughout Ireland.

The title they are giving to the walk is Boots on the Ground For Freedom

Solidarity with Kings Bay Ploughshares 7

We were delighted to welcome US peace activists Ellen and Teresa Grady to our August peace vigil at Shannon Airport on Sunday August 11th. Their sister Clare is one of seven Catholic Plowshares activists who entered Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary's, Georgia in April 2018 to expose the illegal and immoral nuclear weapons at the base. The seven non-violently and symbolically disarmed the Trident nuclear submarine base, and could face 25 years in prison for their action.  Some of them have already been jailed for over a year before trial. 

US Troop Carriers - Not Needed at Shannon or Anywhere Else

Sunday August 4th at Shannon Airport - two Omni Air International planes on contract to the US military.

N828AX arrived from the largest US air base in the Middle East at Al Udeid in Qatar. It refuelled and took off again at 03.23 am in the morning, heading for Buckley Air Base in Colorado. It also landed at Dallas Forth Worth in Texas. 

N477AX arrived from Dallas Fort Worth in Texas at 18.18 pm refuelled and took off again towards the Middle East.

Photograph of N828AX at Shannon in October 2018. N477AX photographed on Aug 4th 2019 (also at Shannon). Both taken by Shannonwatch

Authorities Hiding the US Military Use of Shannon While Companies Like US Alliance Promote It

Why is it that the media or state/semi state bodies conspire to hide the fact US military use of Shannon Airport?

Shannon has been providing direct support for US military operations for close to 20 years. Companies like US Alliance that provide ground handling services for the US military at Shannon promote the airport on the basis that it has

  • No slots/noise restriction
  • Runway 3,200 meter
  • US Department of Homeland security base in Shannon operating CBP clearance
  • 24/7 operations

Yes, that says no noise restrictions! The US military are being encouraged to take whatever loud, intrusive military planes they want in or out of Shannon at any time of the day or night. Just like they would at any of their military bases.

To emphasise the point, US Alliance even refer to the ground handling for the US military as Base Ops EINN on their website.