My Life for Ireland

Genre: Short, War
14 min



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Sinister area, this.

What a disgrace...

because of those Irish bastards,

you can't even get some sleep.

For weeks on end.

No time for breakfast anymore.


You're looking really underfed.

You could take the grain

from those few starving farmers.

So we can have the whole neighborhood

on our necks.

Yesterday, they beat another

cop to death.

- The insurgents are more brazen.

- That's O'Brien and his men.

Let him come.

This time, we're ready for them.

It's 5:
00. Let's go.

Open up!

- Break it down.

- Let's go.

- What's your name?

- Pat Mullins.

Pat Mullins. That's correct.

You haven't paid rent

in two years.

It's my house and my land.

I don't have to pay anyone.

The land belongs to the English Crown.

Are you going to pay?

Where would I get the money?

The harvest is rotten.

Thousands of us are starving to death.

And I should pay rent?

With what?

That's your problem. Do your job.

Clear the house immediately.

My house? Clear my house? No!

- No, not in there.

- Get out of the way.

Let go of my dad.

God will punish you...

for all the misery you have wrought.

Let me worry about that.

God and I are very close.

What's that?

The pigs are resisting! Get them!


They'll eventually learn

to leave us farmers alone.

They got their fill of buckshot from us.

- Damn, they have reinforcements.

- Quick, retreat to safety!

They expected us.

Get them! Go, go, go!

You should have blown a hole

in the fat man's head.

- That slave driver deserves it.

- Quick. They're cutting us off.

- Michael! What is it?

- Nothing. Get out of here.

Get O'Brien! Dead or alive.

- Leave. I order you.

- Michael, I won't leave you.

The defendants have confessed

to belonging to a secret society...

that plans to violently overthrow

the present government...

and to separate Ireland

from the United Kingdom.

- That's high treason.

- High treason?

We haven't betrayed anyone.

We fought for our country's freedom.

Which, you English

have betrayed and sold out.

In the course of your criminal actions,

good English soldiers were attacked.

An honorable sheriff was killed

in the line of duty.

- That is murder.

- Murder?

You have driven us from our homes.

Fenced us in.

You have left us no tree

to hang ourselves from...

no water to drown

ourselves in...

not enough soil

to bury our dead.

Thousands and thousands

starved to death last year.

You starved them to death.

That's murder!


My patience is at an end.

I hereby announce the verdict.

In the name of his majesty,

the king of Britain and Ireland.

The defendants,

Michael O'Brien, goldsmith...

Raymond Davitt, clerk...

Richard Sullivan, transport worker...

Patrick Pollock, writer...

Emmet Doyle, student...

Thomas Byrne, university professor...

are sentenced to die by hanging.

We protest this disgraceful trial.

The legality of the verdict

cannot be appealed.

The verdict will be carried out

in 24 hours.

- Verdict! You'll regret this.

- Take them away!

- You're judges? You're murderers.

- Out!

No hearing, no defense.

You are so pathetic.

Stop it!

I can't take it anymore!

Don't just sit there.

Say something.

Say something.

I can't take this waiting.

We'll have to accept it, son.

It'll pass.

What if it was all for nothing?

A sacrifice is never in vain.

We are the seeds.

Those who come after us will harvest.

I have always wanted to be

with some smart people.

Too bad we don't have more time.

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Patrick McDonnell

Patrick McDonnell (born March 17, 1956) is a cartoonist, author and playwright. He is the creator of the daily comic strip, Mutts. McDonnell's picture book, The Gift of Nothing, was adapted as a musical for the Kennedy Center stage, as was his picture book about the childhood of Jane Goodall, Me…Jane, which won a Caldecott Honor in 2012. Prior to creating Mutts, McDonnell was a freelance illustrator, drawing the Russell Baker Observer column for the New York Times Sunday Magazine from 1978-1993. He also created Bad Baby, a monthly comic strip for Parents Magazine, which ran for 10 years. During that time he also was a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, Forbes, Time and many other national magazines. His work has been animated for television commercials, most notably a PSA for the NY Philharmonic. He is coauthor of Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman, published in 1986 by Abrams. more…

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