The Hibernian was a monthly Irish magazine with the subtitle "Faith, Family and Country".〔(The Hibernian Magazine )〕 Twenty-nine issues were published between May 2006 and September 2008.
It was launched in May 2006, by Gerry McGeough, formerly a member of the Sinn Féin national executive, as editor, and Charles Byrne, a 28-year-old from Drogheda, who writes as "Cathal O Broin" (the Irish-language version of his name). Although similar in name, the magazine itself was never associated with the Ancient Order of Hibernians.〔(Ex-Provo gives new life to Irish clerical fascism ), Scott Millar, Searchlight Magazine, August 2006〕
The magazine advocated a form of "faith and fatherland" nationalism which emphasised the persecution of Catholics in previous centuries and saw Irish identity as inseparably bound up with Catholicism. It often published articles on Irish history written from this perspective, as well as devotional articles and political/social comment. However, its publication was not without controversy and it was accused of being "a publicity vehicle for McGeough and the extreme right in Ireland".〔
Issue number 25 from May 2008 featured Declan Ganley of Libertas on the cover and carried an extensive interview with him.〔(Interview with Declan Ganley, Issue number 25 May 2008 )〕
The magazine regularly promoted the Tridentine Rite of Mass, often in a manner sympathetic to the Society of St. Pius X and to sedevacantists.〔e.g. Cian Ua Ruairc "The agony and the ecstasy" ''Hibernian'' November 2007 pp17-19) "Most people do not realise the destruction that has taken place in the Novus Ordo rite. It's not a matter of there being no Last Gospel and no mysterium fidei (mystery of faith) for the consecration of the chalice; the immemorial Eastern liturgies don't have them either and no-one calls them doubtful or invalid... the seasonal and saints' day prayers.. have been purged, quietly and noiselessly, of their Catholic and supernatural content... A small pamphlet, ''The Problems of the Prayers of the new mass'', by Fr Anthony Cekada (see entry) shows how this is true."〕 It also promoted the activities of Fr. Nicholas Gruner, editor of the ''Fatima Crusader'' magazine, who accuses the Vatican of concealing the content of the Third Secret of Fatima.〔"Fr. Nicholas Gruner" ''Hibernian'' November 2007 p.13 which describes him as "a Roman Catholic priest in good standing"〕〔"Fr. Gruner's Irish Tour" ''Hibernia''n December 2007 pp. 14–15)〕〔(Article on Fr. Gruner )〕
It published numerous articles alleging that the international banking system is run by money-manipulating conspirators〔e.g. Helen McClafferty "The Illuminati and Bilderberg Conferences" ''Hibernian'' February 2007 pp20–21 _"In 1776 the Illuminati set out to destroy nations and religions, private property and marriage. Today,in 2007, we are now witnessing those acts coming to fruition" and Tommy Price "Money Matters: Abraham Lincoln's greenbacks – Part V in a series on money" – "These external forces were trying to break up the union, so they could have smaller nations of equal power, to play one against the other in the war debt game.. International banking was the hidden power behind these conflicts in Europe... Rothschild agent August Belmont had placed large amounts of Rothschild money into bonds of the state sponsored banks in the South... International banking houses were furious over the issuance of Lincoln's Greenbacks.. Eventually Abraham Lincoln paid the price for the issuance of greenbacks.. killed by John Wilkes Booth, who had links to the Knights of the Golden Circle.. drawing its membership from masonic lodges"〕 and advocating national and personal autarky.〔e.g. The Ploughman "Safe Havens" ''Hibernian'' August 2007〕 It also supported distributivism.〔(Splintered Sunrise on Hibernian magazine )〕
An article in the November 2007 issue refers to Cardinal John Henry Newman as a "sourpuss old Brit".〔Cian Ua Ruairc "The agony and the ecstacy" p. 17〕
The final issue (September 2008) announced that the magazine was closing because of restrictions placed on McGeough as a result of his impending prosecution. The issue also includes an Irish-language prayer for the canonisation of Marcel Lefebvre, a profile of Deirdre Manifold (Galway-based author of ''Fatima and the Great Conspiracy'') expounding her view that the Irish are "the Chosen Race of the New Testament", and an article advocating Young Earth creationism. The final article "Is it time to listen to heaven" by Joe O'Brien declares that the fate of the ''Hibernian'' shows "you cannot win against naturalism.. on a material level with political rallying, diplomatic maneuvring, or even military force... In order to defeat naturalism we must appeal to supernatural support".
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