Death of Sean Garland announced

This evening it is being reported that Sean Garland has passed away. Garland was one of the key figures on the left of the republican movement. He was a key figure in the split that followed the upheavals of the summer of 1969, but perhaps not in the way that many people might think. DespiteContinue reading “Death of Sean Garland announced”

Andersonstown News article on new Belfast IRA book

Here’s an extract from an article by Michael Jackson on the new book in the current edition of the Andersonstown News (you can read the original article in full here). ….you can read the rest of the article here (I’ll post it in full in a week or two). You can read more about StephenContinue reading “Andersonstown News article on new Belfast IRA book”

Claims of anti-Catholic bias by the old Stormont regime are hugely exaggerated…!

“Accusations of discrimination against Catholics by the unionist Stormont regime of 1921-72 have been a staple of nationalist politics, underlying the Good Friday Agreement and the aspiration for Irish unity. The allegations are widely believed, even by unionists, but are hugely exaggerated.” So claims Graham Gudgin, David Trimble’s former adviser, in one of the, nowContinue reading “Claims of anti-Catholic bias by the old Stormont regime are hugely exaggerated…!”

Who was in charge of the Belfast I.R.A.?

Who was in charge of the Belfast I.R.A. from the 1920s to the 1960s? Formally, the I.R.A. designated Belfast as either a Battalion or Brigade from 1922 through to the late 1960s with it’s commander usually listed as O/C Belfast. As a clandestine organisation, the identity of it’s leadership was not usually transparent. Occasional arrestsContinue reading “Who was in charge of the Belfast I.R.A.?”

“Come Hell, High Water or Herr William Craig…”, #CivilRights50

On 5th October, 1968, the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (N.I.C.R.A.) staged the first of the civil rights marches in Derry demanding an end to discrimination in housing allocation, gerrymandering and restrictions in the right to vote. You can read some more on the background to N.I.C.R.A. here. By the October 1968 march, it hadContinue reading ““Come Hell, High Water or Herr William Craig…”, #CivilRights50″

Belfast Battalion available as ebook from today…

You can now read the newly published book on the Belfast IRA (1922-1969). Ahead of schedule, I know, but the ebook/Kindle edition of Belfast Battalion has already gone live on Amazon at the link below (where you can also get a preview). Anyone who doesn’t use Kindle or ebooks can read a sample chapter below.Continue reading “Belfast Battalion available as ebook from today…”

Belfast and Nineteen Sixteen book relaunched by National Graves Association, Belfast.

The National Graves Association Belfast are relaunching ‘Belfast and Nineteen Sixteen’ the booklet produced to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising. The original 1966 book has been reprinted along with a new cover and introduction. You can read more on the relaunch below (by Brónach Ní Thuama in the Andersonstown News): The booklet wasContinue reading “Belfast and Nineteen Sixteen book relaunched by National Graves Association, Belfast.”

“a position paralleled only by continental dictatorships”: the abuses that prompted the Civil Rights campaign

Much of the recent commentary has focused on debating the origins and ‘ownership’ of the civil rights campaign. What has been missing from the discussion has been a timely reminder of the actual abuses that prompted the campaign. At heart, the civil rights campaign was addressing a fundamental democratic deficit created by Unionists limiting theContinue reading ““a position paralleled only by continental dictatorships”: the abuses that prompted the Civil Rights campaign”

A history of NICRA by its first treasurer, Fred Heatley, published in Fortnight in 1974

Fred Heatley, who was for a number of years an executive member of NICRA, wrote a series of articles on the growth and development of the Association which were published across five issues of the magazine Fortnight in 1974, starting with issue 80 on 22nd March with the last instalment in issue 84 on 7thContinue reading “A history of NICRA by its first treasurer, Fred Heatley, published in Fortnight in 1974”