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Remembering the Past – Centenary of the Kilmichael ambush

27 November 2020

On the late afternoon of Sunday 28 November 1920, the flying column of the Third West Cork Brigade of the Irish Republican Army lay concealed in ambush positions in a rocky, heathery glen. Their leader was Tom Barry, a former member of the British Army, who had joined the Republican Movement and helped to pioneer guerilla warfare by the IRA’s flying columns. Free article

Gerry O’Hare (1940-2020), former editor of An Phoblacht

17 November 2020

I had heard the name Gerry O’Hare long before I met him in person. His name and that of his then wife Rita were prominent in republican circles, certainly in West Belfast, even before Rita, a mother of their three children, Terry, Rory and Frances, was shot and seriously injured by the British army while Gerry was interned in Crumlin Road Jail. Free article

The Bridge of Killaloe

16 November 2020

The Bridge of Killaloe spans the River Shannon between the towns of Killaloe, County Clare and Ballina, County Tipperary. This setting, surrounded by beautiful countryside, was the scene 100 years ago of one of the most notorious acts of terror by the British crown forces in the violent month of November 1920. Free article

Ireland & the World: The difference a Biden Presidency could make – Declan Kearney

13 November 2020

Writing in his latest blog, Declan Kearney reflects on the historic victory for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the US election and the need for continued support for the peace process. Free article

We must act to put an end to holiday hunger – Karen Mullan

12 November 2020

Sinn Féin's education spokesperson Karen Mullan has called for action to tackle holiday hunger and support families. Free article

The emerging border claimed an early death

12 November 2020

As the British government and its Unionist allies prepared to divide Ireland, and as they planned to put the UVF in uniform and arm them as the B Specials, the UVF was active along the emerging border. One of their victims was IRA Volunteer Michael Kelly, recalled here by Monaghan Sinn Féin activist Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, former Cavan-Monaghan TD. Free article

Banned Civil War novel re-published 87 years later

12 November 2020

A once banned civil war based novel by Liam O’Flaherty has been republished after 87 years. Free article

The birth of the B Specials 100 years ago

10 November 2020

Notorious for their sectarianism and inextricably linked with decades of Unionist one-party rule in ‘Northern Ireland’, the B Specials pre-dated the formal establishment of the Six-County state and their formation 100 years ago this month signalled the British government’s intention to impose Partition by force, while re-arming Unionism to subdue the nationalist minority. Free article

Centenary of the execution of Connaught Ranger James Daly

2 November 2020

2 November 2020 marks the centenary of the execution of a brave young Irishman who refused to serve any longer in the British Army in protest at British Government terror in Ireland. It was soldiers of the Connaught Rangers who made that protest in India. Free article

Kevin Barry – the first of 24 prison executions

31 October 2020

“The only message I have for anybody is ‘Hold on and stick to the Republic.’” – Kevin Barry Free article

Report highlights strategy to deny justice to plastic bullet victims

30 October 2020

New research on the use of plastic bullets shows the premeditated decision to attack 1984 rally where Sean Downes died as a result of a plastic bullet fired at point blank range. Free article

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