17 March 2020
In the local government elections of January 1920 the Irish Republic, which had been declared independent by the first Dáil Éireann a year previously, received another massive endorsement, with Sinn Féin majorities in 172 of the 206 councils throughout the country. Free article
13 February 2020
One of the first major IRA attacks on an RIC barracks during the Black and Tan war took place in Ballytrain, County Monaghan, in February 1920. Free article
31 January 2020
The 1910 General Election for the Westminster Parliament was momentous for both Ireland and Britain and it helped to set in train political events that would lead to the 1916 Rising. Free article
16 January 2020
The 2020 General Election is happening 100 years after the first elections in Ireland held under the proportional representation/single transferable (PR/STV) voting system. The 1920 local government elections were held in two stages – city and town councils in January and county and rural councils in June. Sinn Féin swept the boards, as the party had done in the 1918 General Election, and won majorities on most councils throughout the country. Free article
18 December 2019
In May 1918 British Army Field Marshal John French was appointed Lord Lieutenant and Supreme Commander of the British Army in Ireland. He had previously held the positions of Commander-in-Chief of the British Home Forces and, at the start of the First World War, Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force in France. Free article
7 September 2019
FOLLOWING the Declaration of Independence of the Irish Republic and the establishment of Dáil Éireann in January 1919, the Irish people had a functioning government but one which was increasingly subject to British repression. Many TDs were in jail or on the run yet the Dáil set up a number of departments, sent diplomatic missions abroad and began replacing the British legal system with Republican Courts. Free article
3 September 2019
BY the autumn of 1919, the Irish people and British forces in Ireland were set on a path of armed conflict that was about to escalate significantly. Free article
4 July 2019
IRISH republicans Peter Barnes and James McCormick were hanged in Winson Green Prison in Birmingham on 7 February 1940. They were buried in the prison ground and plain crosses with only their initials marked the graves. It took nearly 30 years before relatives were allowed to reclaim their bodies. Free article
21 June 2019
JAMES CLARENCE MANGAN, journalist, poet and Young Irelander, was born in Fishamble Street, Dublin in May 1803. Free article
5 June 2019
James Connolly was born 151 years ago today. Connolly's impact on political activism in Ireland, Scotland and the USA were colossal. His message of revolution and international solidarity between citizens is as relevant today as it was in Ireland just over a century ago. Sometimes overlooked are Connolly's extensive writings in newspaper articles and speeches as well as longer analytical essays and books. Today we republish a pamphlet originally edited by his daughter Nora in 1978. So why not take some time and dip into Connolly's worldview today. Free article
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Fascinating insights into
Irish revolutionary history now online
Every week over the next two years, An Phoblacht is making all the editions of The Irish Volunteer – the newspaper of the Irish Volunteer movement – available online exactly 100 years after they were first published
The Irish Volunteer — tOglách na hÉireann was first published on 7 February 1914 and every week until 22 April 1916, just days before the Easter Rising.
Acting as the official newspaper of the Irish Volunteers it outlined the political views of the leadership and reported on the and important events, such as the Howth Gun Running of 1914.
Included in its pages alongside political opinions and news reports are various advertisements for such items as revolvers, bandoliers and military uniforms from stockists across Ireland.
You can now read these fascinating insights into Irish revolutionary history with an online subscription to An Phoblacht for just €10 per year. This includes a digital copy of each new edition of the paper and Iris magazine, access to our digitised historic archives as well as copies of The Irish Volunteer.