Offaly Liberation Organisation (OLO)

OFFALYMEN, OFFALYWOMEN and OFFALY PEOPLE OF INDETERMINATE GENDER OR SEXUALITY: By the Bog of Allen and by the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Offaly, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.

Having organised and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organisation, the Pulloughstinian Brotherhood, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and, supported by her exiled children in Manchester and by gallant allies in Belfast, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory.

We declare the right of the people of Offaly to the ownership of Offaly, and to the unfettered control of Offaly, to be sovereign and indefeasible. In every generation the Offaly people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; and by the great Sliabh Bloom mountains united we stand, fearless and independent. We hereby proclaim the County of Offaly as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.

The Offaly Free State is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Offalian man, woman and child. The fledgling state guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.

Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National, representative of the whole people of Offaly and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the OLO Army Council, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of Offaly in trust for the people.

We strike now to further the cause of the Offaly Free State, believing no truly just future will emerge without revolution. As we speak, brave men and women of Offaly are digging a deep canal around the Offaly border, symbolically and physically marking the separation of Offaly from the rest of Ireland; creating an island within an island in a poetic gesture of symbolism and allegory.