We, of our time, have played our part in the perseverance, and we have pledged ourselves to the dead generations who have preserved intact for us this glorious heritage, that we, too, will strive to be faithful to the end, and pass on this tradition unblemished.
We cannot afford idleness, waste or inefficiency.
The part which American friendship played in helping us to win the freedom we enjoy in this part of Ireland has been gratefully recognized and acknowledged by our people.
It is indeed hard for the strong to be just to the weak, but acting justly always has its rewards.
If war comes upon us, it will come as a thief in the night.
When we have done our best, we can, as a united people, take whatever may befall with calm courage and confidence that this old nation will survive and if death should come to many of us, death is not the end.
Mr. Churchill is proud of Britain's stand alone, after France had fallen and before America entered the War.
If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country it is by reversing that policy which made us simply the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food.
From the moment this war began, there was, for this state, only one policy possible, neutrality.
Since this war began our sympathy has gone out to all the suffering people who have been dragged into it. Further hundreds of millions have become involved since I spoke at Limerick fortnight ago.
Here, in Cork district, you have in combination all the dangers which war can inflict.
The economic and social problems would tend to become, like the military situation, more and more difficult as time went on and we became more and more isolated.
We hope that the plain people - the labourers and small farmers - will take this opportunity of coming together and working out the National programme.
I shall strive not to be guilty of adding any fuel to the flames of hatred and passion which, if continued to be fed, promise to burn up whatever is left by the war of decent human feeling in Europe.
It is the duty of our men to enroll themselves in the national services. We need all our manpower for defence. For the military and... we need a quarter of a million men.
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