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December 12, 2006

SF & Orde To Meet On Wedneday in Belfast

News About Ireland & The Irish

SF 12/12/06 SF To Meet Hugh Orde In Belfast On Wednesday
IT 12/12/06 Hain: 'Full Co-Operation' Over NI Collusion
CC 12/12/06 Judging A Dictator
SF 12/12/06 Morgan Attacks Government On Sellafield Issue
IT 12/13/06 Unionists Hail Meeting As Success
UT 12/12/06 Sinn Fein Slammed For Absence
UT 12/12/06 Sinn Fein Accuse IMC Of Bias In High Court
IV 12/12/06 ILIR - Boston Rally
LT 12/12/06 "No Legal Way For Irish To Emigrate Anymore"
BT 12/12/06 Sean Haughey Promoted To Minister Of State
PM 12/12/06 Flogging Molly Kicks Off St Patrick's Day Early
FD 12/12/06 Brian G. Callahan Sr., 55, 12/12/2006 RIP


Sinn Féin To Meet Hugh Orde In Belfast On Wednesday

Published: 12 December, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has this evening said that
a party delegation will meet the PSNI Chief Constable Hugh
Orde tomorrow morning. Mr. Adams set out the party's
position on policing several weeks ago. At that time he
said the party intended intensifying its contacts with the
British government and was prepared to meet with the PSNI
Chief Constable on issues which fall within his remit.
Among the issues which the party plans to raise with Mr.
Orde are: MI5, political policing, collusion, inquiries,
plastic bullets, and the closure of barracks.

The Sinn Féin delegation will include: Sinn Féin President
Gerry Adams MP; Michelle Gildernew MP; Caitriona Ruane MLA
and Gerry Kelly MLA.

Mr. Adams said:

"On November 20th in an article in An Phoblacht I set out
Sinn Féin's position in respect of policing and those
matters which remain to be resolved. Sinn Féin is for
policing, and a fair and effective legal and judicial
system which is transparent and accountable. We intend to
achieve a civic policing system which is accountable to
citizens and representative of the community as a whole.

In recent weeks I have met with scores of families of
victims of state violence. They are demanding and have the
right to truth.

These are highly important issues.

Very few nationalists or republicans trust the agencies of
the northern state. The PSNI will have to do a lot to earn
the confidence of most nationalists. Among the issues that
need resolved are: a definitive date for the transfer of
power, the departmental model into which power will be
transferred and the role of MI5.

I am prepared to call a meeting of the Sinn Féin Ard
Chomhairle immediately agreement has been reached on these
issues and for the purpose of convening a special Ard Fheis
within the timeframe set out at St. Andrews. However, I
will not go to the Ard Chomhairle to seek a special Ard
Fheis unless I have the basis to do so.

In order to advance these matters we have intensified our
contact with the British government. Some progress has been
made but there is still work to be concluded.

I also said that we are prepared to meet with the PSNI
Chief Constable Hugh Orde on issues which fall within his
remit. And that is what we are doing tomorrow morning.
Among the issues we will discuss with him are:

MI5 - MI5 orchestrated a policy of collusion and state
murder for three decades. They can have no role in civic

Political policing and the need for clear proof that this
has ended or will end;

An end to plastic bullets;

Sinn Féin is commited to Law and Order and proper and
effective policing. Consequently, we are determined to
ensure that the police service operates under the highest
standards and is held to account through the most rigorous
and efficient accountable and transparent mechanisms; and

Sinn Féin is also concerned about the continued presence of
human rights abusers within the PSNI, and the efforts by
the PSNI to frustrate inquiries into collusion between
state agencies and unionist deaths squads

The fact is that nationalist experience has been one of
partisan political policing which routinely engaged in
harassment, torture, assassination, shoot-to-kill, plastic
bullet murders and maimings and collusion with death

That is why the Good Friday Agreement required 'a new
beginning to policing' as an essential element of the peace

That is why Sinn Féin is determined to get policing


'Full Co-Operation' Over NI Collusion

Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain today promised "full
co-operation" with investigations into allegations of
collusion involving British security forces in the 1970s.

Mr Hain said the Irish Government was "entitled to feel
extremely strongly" about the issue, which is being
investigated by the Dail.

"These were appalling atrocities and shameful in every
respect, and we pledge our full cooperation in seeking to
do what we have to do," he said.

"We are taking this matter forward and we will obviously
want to co-operate."

Mr Hain was speaking after the British-Irish Inter-
Governmental Conference (BIIGC) in central London, during
which the collusion allegations were raised by Minister for
Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern.

Last month an Dail committee found there was widespread
collusion between security forces and loyalist
paramilitaries in three 1970s atrocities that claimed 18

They included the Miami Showband massacre and the bombing
of Kay's Tavern in Dundalk and the Three Star Inn in
Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

Mr Ahern warmly welcomed the assurances from Mr Hain

"The fact of the matter is they have been the source of
some very serious disagreements between the British and
Irish Governments over the years, but with the co-operation
of the British Government we believe we can bring some
finality to this," he said.

The two ministers also told a joint press conference that
the St Andrews Agreement timetable for securing devolution
in Northern Ireland would not be changed.

Mr Hain said January would be crucial, and if the parties
were not ready to call elections by the end of the month
the process could fail.

"If there's no election there will be dissolution (of the
Stormont Assembly)," he said.

"People need to be absolutely clear about that." He added:

"If this process falls over at any point there will be


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Judging A Dictator

John O’Sullivan, National Post
Published: Sunday, December 10, 2006

General Augusto Pinochet, who died yesterday, was the most
successful dictator of the twentieth century — and also one
of the most vilified.

How do we explain this discrepancy?

Dictators are supposedly judged by two tests. How many
people did he kill? And did he bring prosperity to his
people? These two tests are really the invention of the
political Left and meant to be taken together. Marxists
were convinced that their various ideological despotisms
(in Cuba, in China, in the U.S.S.R.) would eventually
midwife a new utopia and that this workers’ paradise would
retrospectively justify their crimes.

"You can't make an omelette," ran the justification for
mass murder, "without breaking eggs. By the close of the
twentieth century, however, there had been hundreds of
millions murdered to create a better world. But where was
the bloody omelette?

Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mao each murdered tens of
millions in labour camps, purges, forced famines and war.
But they were less successful at creating better societies.

Lenin and Stalin built a terrorized and pauperized society
that could not feed itself, that depended for survival upon
external subsidies and credits, and that eventually
collapsed in economic ruins. Hitler committed suicide in
the literal ruins of Berlin with his enemies closing in and
the German people digging for scraps in the rubble. And Mao
killed as many people unintentionally through his
industrial "Great Leap Forward" as he did with malice
aforethought in his purges and so-called "cultural

Franco and Castro, representing Right and Left
respectively, are not quite in that league. Each of them
murdered no more than tens of thousands of people following
their victories in civil war and rebellion. Thereafter
their paths diverged. Castro squandered billions of Russian
rubles in the course of ruining the Cuban economy to the
point where he turned an old joke into reality: "Comrade,
how will we know when Cuba has achieved full socialism?"

"That’s simple, Comrade. When we have to import sugar."

In the 1970s Cuba had to import sugar at rising world
market prices to meet its agreed quota of sugar exports to
the U.S.S.R..

Cuba remains a tragedy today — an essentially rich island
impoverished by the egotism and vanity of a stupid old man
who still thinks he’s a dashing revolutionary.

Franco never saw himself as glamorous. He was a cool cynic
who manipulated ideologies to ensure his own dominance and
40 years of stagnant tranquility. Under this façade,
however, he transformed Spain into a dynamic market
economy, built its middle class, and created a stable
society modern in every respect except its political

Within five years of his death, Spain was a democracy too.

That brings us to Pinochet. His victims are estimated at
approximately 3,000. One innocent murdered is one too many.
But since we are talking comparisons, Pinochet’s total is
not many more than the victims of Gerry Adams in Northern
Ireland and far fewer when population size is taken into

But his economic legacy outstrips that of most advanced
democracies, let alone Franco among dictatorships. Within a
decade of the 1973 coup, Chile was a stable growing economy
with export-led growth brought about by monetary, supply-
side and labour market reforms introduced by Pinochet
following advice from the "Chicago Boys."

Chile’s economic success was initially uneven. Because the
country fixed its exchange rate to the dollar, it suffered
from a severe financial crisis in 1982 when the dollar
soared and imposed a needless deflation on the Chilean
economy. But this was corrected and, when Chile became a
democracy in the late 1980s, the democratic government of
Christian Democrat Patricio Aylwin continued Pinochet’s
free-market reforms (despite having denounced them from the
opposition benches.) Indeed, as communism was collapsing in
Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in 1989-91, one
encountered there self-described "Pinochet Marxists" who
contended that an extension of the party’s totalitarian
rule was necessary in order to introduce the free-market
reforms that were needed to make the desert of socialism

It should be clearly understood that there is no connection
between the 3,000 murders and Chile’s economic success —
any more than between the tens of thousands murdered by
Franco after the civil war and the subsequent modernization
of the Spanish economy. Murder and torture — contra Lenin —
are not economic weapons. If murder and torture were
employed in Chile, as they were by the forces of both
Allende and Pinochet in its civil war, then an even-handed
justice should have pursued both or an amnesty should have
protected both. Pinochet cannot cite economic growth
statistics in a murder trial.

Yet if that number of deaths had produced those results in
Stalin’s Russia or Mao’s China or Castro’s Cuba, we would
be constantly assured that the murders were historically
justified by the subsequent prosperity. Eric Hobsbawm, the
distinguished British Marxist historian (who holds the high
rank of Companion of Honour), goes to the extent of arguing
that Stalin’s murders were justified even though the
prosperity never materialized. Uncle Joe’s good intentions
were enough.

Pinochet, like Franco, never enjoyed such understanding.
Neither man was a progressive; neither spouted Marxist
clichés; both looked the part of wicked dictators with
their epaulettes and dark glasses.

Pinochet compounded these faults by what seems, even to his
admirers, to be evidence of corruptly amassing a fortune.
He was on the run in hospital when he died.

He was in these straits because, unlike almost all other
dictators, he had surrendered power after defeat in a
referendum in a historic bargain with the new democratic
rulers of Chile. His bargain was a dignified retirement in
return for restoring democracy.

That amnesty satisfied the Chileans — but not Pinochet’s
foreign enemies. As a result he was arraigned before
British courts at the behest of a Spanish magistrate at the
very moment that Castro was being feted in Madrid.

Pinochet had reason to be grateful for the fact that there
is no justice in this world. But not such good reason as
worse villains.

© National Post


Morgan Attacks Government On Sellafield Issue

Published: 12 December, 2006

Sinn Fein spokesperson on Environment Arthur Morgan TD
attacked the Government in the Dail today for failing to
seek an explanation from the British Government for their
proposals to change planning regulations that will allow
nuclear objectors to be excluded from public inquiries into
nuclear developments.

Deputy Morgan said, "This week it emerged that British
Government are going to announce new planning regulations
that will effectively allow nuclear objectors to be
excluded from public inquiries into nuclear developments.
The British Attorney General has been given powers to
appoint government security 'vetted' special advocates to
represent objectors. However, these appointed advocates
will be prohibited from sharing information with their
clients. This is an absolutely extraordinarily anti-
democratic step to take against objectors. How is an
objector to have faith in a planning system whereby the
person that is supposedly representing their interests is
not allowed to consult with them?

"It has been said by the Legal Advisor to the organisation
Nuclear Free Local Authorities that these new planning
regulations have been modelled on the practice of court
hearings that have taken place with suspects held at
Belmarsh Prison. They quite possibly contravene Article 6
of the European Convention of Human Rights. This
legislation will dis-empower local communities and
eradicate any sense of democratic accountability as well as
proper public scrutiny. The Irish Government need to seek
an explanation on this issue from the British Government.
The Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government
has previously stated that it is the Governments position
that they wish to see Sellafield shut.

"I raised this issue in the Dail today and Minister Dick
Roche acknowledged that they had concerns on the issue of
Sellafield and that the planning process in Britain was
substantially 'less democratic' than our own. However the
Irish Government are not doing anything productive in the
manner of actually campaigning for Britain to shut
Sellafield. Minister Roche says that they are 'continuing
to build allies' that are also in favour of shutting
Sellafield. I put it to Minister Roche and the Irish
Government that having the odd meeting with Alastair
Darling is not enough. Darling is not an 'ally'. He is
clearly in favour of the continued use of Sellafield and as
a result of this the Irish Government must immediately
change their tactics and make it clear to the British
government that Sellafield and all other nuclear plants
across Britain must cease to be used immediately. There are
too many health and environmental dangers for it to be
tolerated any longer." ENDS


Unionists Hail Meeting As Success

Dan Keenan

Unionists have said the first meeting in Belfast of the
Northern Ireland committee of MPs has strengthened the

The committee, comprising all 18 Northern MPs in the House
of Commons, along with up to 25 others, held its first
scheduled meeting in Belfast City Hall yesterday. It has
traditionally been opposed by the SDLP.

The meeting discussed poverty alleviation measures, social
exclusion and also allowed MPs to directly question
Northern Ireland Office Ministers.

Key figures from the Democratic Unionists and the UUP
hailed the meeting as an underpinning of Westminster's
sovereignty in Northern Ireland.

DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson claimed it was the result
of lobbying by his party. The East Belfast MP said it was
"utterly ridiculous" that the grand committee met
exclusively in London.

"The DUP has long wanted to see the Northern Ireland grand
committee treated in exactly the same way as its Scottish
and Welsh counterparts," he said.

"If Edinburgh and Cardiff are good enough for the Scottish
and Welsh grand committees then why was Belfast not
suitable for ours? The fact of the matter is that up until
now, the [ British] government acceded to the intransigent
attitude of nationalists. The DUP were determined that this
outrageous anomaly should come to an end and longstanding
DUP pressure, including during the talks at St Andrews, has
paid off. I am glad that the government have seen sense and
smashed the SDLP's veto on this issue."

Ulster Unionist MP Lady Sylvia Hermon said "it was good for
the people to see such a meeting of key importance" being
staged in Belfast.

The SDLP questioned unionist interpretation of the meeting.
Party leader Mark Durkan and deputy leader Alasdair
McDonnell were in attendance.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Durkan said: "The SDLP does not
have a problem with the grand committee meeting in Belfast
- provided that nobody is trying to use it as an
alternative to devolution like the UUP once wanted to.

"It is only with the restoration of the Good Friday
agreement's institutions that we will have accountable,
democratic government. A grand committee - whether it meets
in London , Belfast or anywhere else - is no substitute for


Sinn Fein Slammed For Absence

Sinn Fein was has been accused of failing its constituents
despite claims that it was serious about tackling poverty
and social exclusion.

The first ever meeting of the House of Commons` Northern
Ireland Grand Committee in the north was hailed by
Democratic Unionist leader Ian Paisley as an historic day.

However the absence of Sinn Fein`s four MPs from today`s
debate in Belfast City Hall came under particular fire from
opposition parties.

Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary David Lidington and
Ulster Unionist Lady Sylvia Hermon launched a double
pronged attack on Gerry Adams` party whose MPs refuse to
take their seats in the House of Commons.

Mr Lidington began his speech by remarking:

"I cannot begin without placing on record the continued
absence here today of one of the main parties in Northern

"There is a party which continually talks to me about how
it wishes to speak about poverty and social exclusion.

"It is a pity they are not here to make points directly to
the minister (David Hanson) about poverty and social

During the debate Lady Sylvia Hermon expressed concern
about the 43,000 pensioners living in rural poverty in
Northern Ireland.

However the North Down MP singled out for criticism Sinn
Fein`s Martin McGuinness, in whose Mid Ulster constituency
her father lives, for not being present.

"It is a disgrace that the Member for Mid Ulster does not
take his seat in this House and does not represent his
constituents who are pensioners," she said.

"For a party which prides itself on tackling social
exclusion and poverty, it is a shame and a disgrace that
they do not take their seats and defend pensioners."


Sinn Fein Accuse IMC Of Bias In High Court

Sinn Fein has accused the Independent Monitoring Commission
(IMC) of "apparent bias" in its reports and

Conor Murphy, Sinn Fein MP for Newry & Armagh, also accused
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain of
unlawfully relying on the "flawed and unfair" reports.

Several contained allegations about the paramilitary
activities of the IRA and its connection to Sinn Fein which
were "strongly rejected" by the party, two senior judges
were told.

They included accusations that senior Sinn Fein members
were involved in sanctioning robberies, including the £26
million Northern Bank raid in Belfast.

Rabinder Singh QC, appearing for Sinn Fein, told the High
Court in London that public funding to which the party was
entitled was blocked as a result.

This was both unfair and unjust as Sinn Fein had never been
given a proper opportunity by the IMC to deal with the
accusations made against it.

He submitted that one or more members of the IMC were
"apparently biased against Sinn Fein".

The IMC was set up in 2004 following an agreement between
the UK and Irish governments.

One of its principal roles was to report on paramilitary
activities in Northern Ireland and whether there were
connections with political parties.

If it believed there were connections it was empowered to
make recommendations to the Northern Ireland Secretary,
including the removal of public funding from a party.

Mr Singh said the IMC itself had immunity from legal
action, but judicial review was now being sought over the
way the Northern Ireland Secretary had relied on IMC
recommendations to withdraw public funding from Sinn Fein.

The IMC`s first report was published in April 2004 and its
latest appeared last October.

Mr Singh told Lord Justice Richards and Mr Justice Forbes
the IMC`s first report concluded that "Sinn Fein must bear
its responsibility for the continuation by (the IRA) of
illegal paramilitary activity."

In its third report of November 2004, the IMC concluded
that the IRA had been involved in various criminal acts",
and that Sinn Fein had not "sufficiently discharged its
responsibility" to prevent them.

The fourth report, published in February 2005, was an ad
hoc report specifically dealing with the robbery at the
headquarters of the Northern Bank in Belfast in December

It concluded that the IRA was responsible for the robbery,
as well as other robberies and abductions, but Sinn Fein
should also bear responsibility and face financial

Mr Singh said all those reports, as well as the fifth
published in May 2005 and the seventh published in October
2005, the IMC recommended that Sinn Fein should be denied
public funding to which it would otherwise have been

On the basis of those recommendations, the Secretary of
State suspended funding between April 2004 and November

Mr Singh said the Secretary of State had "erred in law" by
relying on the flawed reports prepared by the IMC, which
itself was "acting, and continuing to act, unlawfully and

The body had failed to apply any standard of proof to its
decision-making process, and that had prevented it from
making "fair or meaningful" assessments of the facts.

It had also failed to inform Sinn Fein of the case it had
to answer prior to making adverse findings.

Mr Singh said it had to be remembered that the history of
the north of Ireland had left "bitter political and
sectarian divisions".

Many of the groups and political parties currently active
had a long history of deep antagonism to one another.

As the province moved towards normalisation and peace it
was "of critical importance that decisions that
detrimentally affect one party or another result, and are
seen to result, from a scrupulously fair process."

Mr Singh is challenging the refusal of the Secretary of
State to reinstate Sinn Fein`s lost funding, and also his
refusal to replace the British-appointed members of the
IMC, Lord Alderdice and John Grieve.


Irish Lobby For Immigration Reform - Boston Rally

The Boston ILIR is holding a rally and information meeting
in South Boston on Wednesday, December 13, in support of
the estimated 8,000 undocumented Irish immigrants in

Speakers for the Boston rally will include several elected
officials and Irish community leaders including former
Congressman, Bruce Morrison; ILIR Chairman Niall O’Dowd;
ILIR vice-chairman, Ciaran Staunton; and Executive Director
Kelly Fincham.

Freeport Hall
IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport Street
Dorchester MA 02122
Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30pm


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"There Is No Legal Way For The Irish To Emigrate Here Anymore"

To the Editor: Re “How Green Was My Rally,” by Lawrence
Downes (The City Life, Dec. 10): I’m sorry that Mr. Downes
didn’t stay for the full meeting of the Irish Lobby for
Immigration Reform. If he had, he might have heard Mary, an
undocumented immigrant from County Kerry, describe how
after her brother’s death in a car accident in Ireland, she
held a wake without a body in the Bronx because she could
not return home. He might have heard Samantha relay her
elderly parents’ heartbreak that their daughter cannot join
them again in Dublin this Christmas because she is
undocumented. He might have also heard that out of 1.2
million green cards issued last year, Ireland got about
2,000, and that there is no legal way for the Irish to
emigrate here anymore. These are serious issues, and ones
that my organization was set up to address. We make no
apology for doing so, the same as the Hispanic or any other
lobby should make no apology for advocating for its people.
We have forged a very good working relationship with other
ethnic groups through our active membership in
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now, the leading umbrella
immigration group. Niall O’Dowd Chairman, Irish Lobby for
Immigration Reform New York, Dec. 10, 2006


Sean Haughey Promoted To Minister Of State

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Sean Haughey was this afternoon promoted to Minister of
State at the Department of Education.

He succeeds Sile De Valera, who stepped down from
Ministerial Office last Friday.

The announcement was made by the Taoiseach in the Dail
shortly after half past two this afternoon.

Minister Haughey said he only found out about the promotion
a short time before the official announcement

"I got a message to go and see the Taoiseach at two o'clock
today in his office, which I did, and that's the first I
heard that I'm getting the job," he said

"Obviously I'm delighted with the news, it's a great honour
to be a minister for state and I'm looking forward to the


Flogging Molly Kicks Off St. Patrick's Day Early
December 12, 2006

St. Patrick's Day is more than three months away but for
Flogging Molly the revelry begins February 22 in Los
Angeles when their third annual "Green 17 Tour" kicks off a
two-night stand at the Henry Fonda Theater. The 17-city
celebration will conclude in Phoenix, Arizona on the Irish
holiday, March 17th. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday,
December 16th at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.

The Irish folk-punkers have been taking a breather
following their extensive fall college tour but are excited
to get back on the road and bring their rollicking show to
their adoring legions; they've even hinted at road testing
some new material. Following this excursion, the band will
head overseas to Australia and Japan for a series of
festivals and shows.

Fronted by Dublin-born singer/guitarist Dave King, Flogging
Molly has become one of the largest touring attractions in
music today. With more than one million albums sold
worldwide, the band has traveled the world over, bringing
their mix of Irish folk and anarchic punk to the masses.
Their recent CD/DVD release, "Whiskey on a Sunday," was
shot over two years in seven countries and chronicles the
band's rise from pub band to international phenomenon.


February 22 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Henry Fonda Theater
February 23 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Henry Fonda Theater
February 24 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues
February 26 - Boulder, Colo. @ Boulder Theater
February 27 - Omaha, Neb. @ Sokol Auditorium
February 28 - Sauget, Ill. @ POPS
March 2 - Detroit, Mich. @ State Theatre
March 3 - Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart's
March 4 - Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues
March 6 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
March 8 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
March 9 - Sayreville, N.J. @ Starland Ballroom
March 10 - Washington, D.C. @ The Mid-Atlantic Shamrock Festival
March 11 - Charlotte, N.C. @ Tremont Music Hall
March 12 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Roxy Theatre
March 14 - Nashville, Tenn. @ City Hall
March 15 - Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain's Ballroom
March 17 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Mesa Amphitheatre


Brian G. Callahan Sr., 55, 12/12/2006

OSWEGO, NY - Brian G. Callahan Sr., 55, a resident of 10 W.
Fifth St., Oswego, passed away December 12, 2006, at his

Born in Jamaica, Long Island, he was the son of the late
James L. and Madeline (Rau) Callahan.

He was educated in Baldwin, L.I., and moved to Oswego in
1983 where he was employed as an Electrical Engineer at
Proto Power and Nine Mile Point.

Brian was the past president of the Ancient Order of
Hibernians, Oswego, and held various positions in county,
state and local Hibernians associations.

Surviving are his wife, Victoria (Honor) Callahan; a
daughter, Kelly L. Callahan of North Bangor, NY; a son,
Brian G. (Lindsay) Callahan Jr. of Pavilion, NY; brother,
Robert Callahan of California; sister-in-law, Charlotte
Callahan of Fishkill, NY; and one grandchild, Sadbh

He was predeceased by a brother, James Lester Callahan.

Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s

Burial will be in All-Saint’s Mausoleum, St. Peter’s

Calling hours will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at
Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St. Oswego.

Donations can be made to the St. Mary’s Building Fund, 103
W. Seventh St., or the Friends of Oswego County Hospice,
Box 102, Oswego.

Online condolences may be made at

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