Desmond A. Boomer (1931-1993)
Desmond A. Boomer (Des) from Kearny was one of eight children born and raised on Clondara Street on the Falls Road Belfast on September 27, 1931. He emigrated to Kearny in 1957 where he met his wife Bridget (nee Mulrennan) who also was born in Co. Roscommon, Ireland. They were married in Morristown and shared 32 wonderful years together. -- continue
John V Kelly (1926 - 2009)
former New Jersey Assemblyman, Bank Executive, Mayor of Nutley
John V Kelly, 83, of Nutley passed away on October 30th, 2009 in Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.
Mr Kelly was born on July 11, 1926, to Joseph and Mary Silvestri Kelly on Griffith Street in Jersey City. John got his toughness from his Irish dad who was signed by the NY Yankees as a catcher and his moral compass from his old fashion Italian mom, who taught him the importance of being a good compassionate Christian and to always try to help people. John would follow his mother’s advice for his entire life. -- continue
Andrew J. Melillo (1939 – 2011)
Born August 23, 1939 in Newark NJ, Andrew J. Melillo, is the son of Scotch and Italian parentage. At the age of 17 he joined the US. Navy from 1956 to 1960 and served most of his time, as Chief Petty Officer at the Clooney Naval Base in Derry, Northern Ireland. Assigned to the radio communications unit, he had considerable association with the people of Derry; it is also where he met his loving wife Dora Doherty Melillo. -- continue
The Following videos were shown at a 1916 Easter Rising Centennial Commemoration held in New York on April 24, 2016.
Video 1 pays homage to the Volunteers executed and killed in action
Video 2 pays homage to the children killed during the week of the Rising.
Click on the images below to download and view the videos
Video 1 Video 2
Roger Casement's speech from the dock
Roger Casement (1864-1916) was a British consul by profession, well known for his reports and activities against human rights abuses in the Congo. He was executed for treason in August 1916, following the Easter Rising against British rule in Ireland earlier that year. This is the speech he made after his conviction on 29 June.
My Lord Chief Justice, as I wish my words to reach a much wider audience than I see before me here, I intend to read all that I propose to say. What I shall read now is something I wrote more than twenty days ago. I may say, my lord, at once, that I protest against the jurisdiction of this court in my case on this charge, and the argument, that I am now going to read, is addressed not to this court, but to my own countrymen.
There is an objection, possibly not good in law, but surely good on moral grounds, against the application to me here of this old English statute, 565 years old, that seeks to deprive an Irishman today of life and honour, not for "adhering to the King's enemies", but for adhering to his own people.
When this statute was passed, in 1351, what was the state of men's minds on the question of a far higher allegiance -- that of a man to God and His kingdom? The law of that day did not permit a man to forsake his Church, or deny his God, save with his life. The "heretic", then, had the same doom as the "traitor"... continue