New IRA pension files released today

The Military Archives have released their most recent set of pension files today including documents shedding light on the activities of the IRA, Cumann na mBan and Fianna √Čireann. While they primarily relate to the years 1916 to 1923, there is a wealth of information buried within them relating to later periods of equally significantContinue reading “New IRA pension files released today”

British rule in Ireland may, owing to gerrymander, be ballot proof but it is definitely not bullet proof…

I had written previously about David Fleming, who undertook several prolonged hunger strikes in 1944 and 1946, which had a severe impact on his health (and appear to have contributed to his early death in 1971). This month sees the 70th anniversary of his and Sean McCaughey’s parallel protests which ultimately ended in McCaugheys deathContinue reading “British rule in Ireland may, owing to gerrymander, be ballot proof but it is definitely not bullet proof…”

The bombing of the republican plot in Milltown

This is the story of the bombing and destruction of the original republican plot in Milltown cemetery in Belfast. When most people think of the republican plot in Milltown, they usually think of it as the County Antrim memorial erected on the Tom Williams plot in the mid-1960s. The older republican monument, though, is theContinue reading “The bombing of the republican plot in Milltown”

David Fleming: 155 days on hunger strike in 1946

While the horrific circumstances of Sean McCaughey’s death on 11th May 1946 after a 23 day hunger and thirst strike are well known, less people are aware of the story of David Fleming, from Killarney, in County Kerry, who was serving a 12 year sentence on a treason-felony charge in Belfast prison since 1942. FlemingContinue reading “David Fleming: 155 days on hunger strike in 1946”