Page 1, Times Record, 23 Feb. 1974
at 8, Irish Group Denied Spot In St. Patrick's Parade I!y 1'KTER SLOCL'M ALliAN'Y -. The Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade "is primarily a religious demonstration," according lo retired Judge John J. McCalt. And he'says lhat Hie parade, parade, to be held March 1C, is nol lhc place for the James Connolly Irish Republican Club of Albany lo, in the club's words, "inarc,u with a casket as a symbol of British British murder and oppression in Ireland." Rev. Vincent Fordc, a unlive of Ireland w li o is associated with Troy's Unity House, says t h e Connolly club will mavch anyway. McCall is the parade com- iiiillec c h a i r m a n . He said, in a telephone interview Friday, Friday, thai Ihe committee felt. the club's request "just wasn't in keeping with our standards," and denied lhc rctjuesl. McCall could not identify other members of the parade parade committee. "I really don't know the exact makeup," makeup," lie said, "four or five I r i s h organizations send representatives every year." McCall has been chairman for years. Father Forde was almost arrested by Albany police at lasl year's parade because he (riccl lo join in carrying anti-British signs but lhc police police backed off when they discovered his identity, lie says he attended two parade committee meetings lo ask for permission lo march. "We believe thai anything we can (lo in a peaceful way to highlight British injustice in Ireland is a most Christian Christian act," he said in a statement statement issued afler McCall's denial. "We intend, therefore, therefore, lo exercise our right lo march." JUDGE McCALL may be f a c i n g related requests shortly. William O'Dwyer, a Loudonville doctor who is the son of Irish rights champion champion Paul O'Dwyer, said Friday that the Irish Northern Northern Aid Committee hopes to inarch and carry "placards and signs saying 'Freedom and Justice in Northern Ireland.' Ireland.' ". His group mcels Thursday lo discuss final plans. While O'Dwyer docs not see eye-lo-eye with Father F o r d e ' s casket-carrying plans, ho does endorse the symbol. ''That is as much representative representative of what's happening happening in Ireland as is one fellow fellow walking down the street wearing a cardboard hat and green around Ihe ankle and carrying a can of beer," he said.