It has long been a cliché that, historically, the first thing on the agenda in any Irish republican organisation is a split. But like many clichés it has an element of truth to it. Most people are probably unaware that the Irish Citizens Army, as well as Republican Congress, organised in Belfast in the 1930s.Continue reading “why republican groups are so fractious…”
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The Great Escape: Derry, 1943
On the 20th March 1943 the IRA staged a mass escape through a tunnel from Derry Jail. The escape was one of a series of high profile actions by the IRA in the north in the first half of 1943. The escape itself is well covered by an episode of the TG4 series, Ealú: ToContinue reading “The Great Escape: Derry, 1943”
The Northern Directory of Republican Clubs, 1967.
As a brief follow up to the footage of the Barnes-McCormick reburial in 1969 and much of the mythology that has developed around the IRA split, here’s a news item from The Irish Times on 18th March 1967: REPUBLICANS TO DEFY BAN The Northern Directory of Republican Clubs announced yesterday that it will hold aContinue reading “The Northern Directory of Republican Clubs, 1967.”
Some possible additions to the @IELeftArchive timeline of the Irish Left
The following are some suggested omissions from the Irish Left Archives twentieth century timeline of the Irish Left. The groups below appear to be consistent with those included in the timeline and are in no particular order here. Irish Citizens Army: Roddy Connolly had wanted to form a Workers Defence Corps in 1929 (the organisation was proscribed inContinue reading “Some possible additions to the @IELeftArchive timeline of the Irish Left”