Cumann na mBan documentary

While you are waiting for voting to end and counting to start in the election, here’s a Cumann na mBan documentary to watch. The documentary can be viewed here with some background. It was made by Bob White, author of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh: The Life and Politics of an Irish Revolutionary (2006), Provisional Irish Republicans:Continue reading “Cumann na mBan documentary”

Map of Belfast IRA members and suspects

Here’s the current map of Belfast IRA members and suspects spanning a period of around 60 years. It includes lists of Cumann na mBan, Irish Volunteer and Irish Republican Army members and suspects from 1916 onwards as well as lists of internees and sentenced prisoners for various periods. As some sets of names did notContinue reading “Map of Belfast IRA members and suspects”

Belfast Brigade IRA files, new release by MSPC

Next month will see a further release of pension files from Military Archives in Dublin. The files are scanned copies of the applications made for a pension by individuals who were active in IRA, Cumann na mBan or Fianna Éireann over the period from 1913 to 1923, or the families. While the files contain informationContinue reading “Belfast Brigade IRA files, new release by MSPC”

Lightly tap the muffled drum: the stories of Belfast-born Vol. Jack Edwards, killed Kilkenny prison 1922, and his family

These are the epic stories of the Edwards family who lived in the Manor Street area of Belfast at the turn of the twentieth century. Later moving to Waterford, the Edwards had an eldest son in the flying column of the local IRA (and who was shot dead in Kilkenny prison in 1922), a fatherContinue reading “Lightly tap the muffled drum: the stories of Belfast-born Vol. Jack Edwards, killed Kilkenny prison 1922, and his family”

Frances Brady, Belfast Cumann na mBan on hunger strike, 1921

Found this interesting photo online of a Belfast Cumann na mBan member, Frances Brady, on hunger strike in 1921. Frances Brady, a member of Cumann na mBan from Belfast, photographed on hunger strike c. 1921. Photographs of imprisoned Irish revolutionaries actually on hunger strike are rare – this is possibly the only one of aContinue reading “Frances Brady, Belfast Cumann na mBan on hunger strike, 1921”

Map of IRA and Cumann na mBan suspects in Belfast

Here is the RUC’s complete suspect list for the IRA and Cumann na mBan in Belfast in the late 1930s, including both the IRA A list and B list. The A list largely contains those who the RUC had previously arrested and held for various periods of time. Together, the combined lists contain five hundred andContinue reading “Map of IRA and Cumann na mBan suspects in Belfast”

A brief history of Cumann na mBan in Belfast from the 1920s to 1960s

This is a short history of Cumann na mBan in Belfast from the end of the civil war through to the 1960s. Obviously, anyone with information that enhances the story or adds further details is more than welcome to share it in the comments section. Jack McNally (in his 1989 autobiography, Morally Good, But Politically Bad)Continue reading “A brief history of Cumann na mBan in Belfast from the 1920s to 1960s”

New book on 1916 (focus on North Wexford)

Last Tuesday saw the launch of ‘Proclaiming the Republic: North Wexford & the 1916 Rising’, written by myself and Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin (a local historian and a Sinn Féin county councillor in Wexford). Technically, much of the book was actually written by people from North Wexford who took part or witnessed  the events of 1916.Continue reading “New book on 1916 (focus on North Wexford)”