Republican News, fifty years on…

Fifty years ago this summer a new run of Republican News began to be published by the Publicity Department of the Belfast IRA’s Brigade staff under the editorship of Jimmy Steele. The importance of publicity and communication had long been recognised across the political spectrum in Ireland. The anti-colonial movements, in particular, recognised the needContinue reading “Republican News, fifty years on…”

Winston Churchill and other cartoons from 1922

Here’s some cartoons from the Sunday Independent in early 1922. Given the papers recent ethos, their political emphasis is maybe surprising. The cartoons were all apparently drawn by Gordon Brewster. The first three date from the period in February and March 1922, in the immediate aftermath of the Weaver Street bombing. The second three areContinue reading “Winston Churchill and other cartoons from 1922”

New early letters: creating James Connolly

This post continues the short series on James Connolly’s early life and influences with some previously unrecognised writings from the early 1890s. Conventionally, Connolly biographies have him deserting the British Army in 1889, returning to Scotland and living first in Dundee before then returning to Edinburgh and marrying Lily Reynolds by around 1891. The reasonContinue reading “New early letters: creating James Connolly”

The camera doesn’t lie?

One well known image from the 1970s is one of a woman, in leather jacket and knee length skirt with an automatic rifle taking aim around the corner of a building. The photo, by Colman Doyle, has had something of a bizarre afterlife. And Doyle himself is oddly reticent and guarded about the details ofContinue reading “The camera doesn’t lie?”

Mná an IRA: films to watch @IFI_Dub

Some great viewing here (whether you are locked down or not)! There’s a new collection of films released on the IFI Player, (and they are free to view – internationally)! The Loopline Collection Volume 2 includes footage of Republican Women in a series called Mná an IRA, a documentary series on Irish craft and folklifeContinue reading “Mná an IRA: films to watch @IFI_Dub”

J. Connolly, 1862-1916: creating James Connolly

This is the second of four posts on James Connolly’s early life looking at what helped shape him. The first looked at the 1872 lamplighters strike. This one looks at his brother John. The next post will look at some early writing by Connolly from 1889-1891 (which may not have been recognized up to now).Continue reading “J. Connolly, 1862-1916: creating James Connolly”

The 1872 Edinburgh Lamplighters strike: creating James Connolly

I’m going to do some posts on James Connolly in the run up to the anniversary of his execution next week, in particular some of the unexplored experiences that may have shaped his politics and values and created the James Connolly that emerges in his later writing and politics. I’m going to start by lookingContinue reading “The 1872 Edinburgh Lamplighters strike: creating James Connolly”