31 October 2020
“The only message I have for anybody is ‘Hold on and stick to the Republic.’” – Kevin Barry Free article
25 October 2020
Today marks the centenary of the death of Terence MacSwiney on hunger strike in Brixton Prison.
In normal times, we would gather today to commemorate and honour the legacy of a Republican icon, but these are not normal times.
However, we can all still reflect today on MacSwiney's sacrifice and his contribution to the struggle for Irish freedom.
The mark that Terence MacSwiney left... Free article
24 October 2020
The story of Terence MacSwiney’s hunger strike has been told many times, in the pages of An Phoblacht and elsewhere. That it still carries such power and resonates to this day shows what an epic struggle it was. One Irish political prisoner was alone in the heart of the British Empire and fighting that Empire with only his determination and his body as weapons. His death and the national and international response to it proved his own words that “not all the armies of all the Empires of earth can crush the spirit of one true man. And that one man will prevail.” Free article
24 October 2020
In 1961 labhair fear contúirteach, conspóideach leis an Transport Workers’ Union of America. Éireannaigh, nó a sliocht, go leor den dream a bhí ag éisteacht leis. Ciarraíoch dárbh ainm Mike Quill a chur an fear conspóideach in aithne don slua. Terence MacSwiney eile a bhí sa bhfear conspóideach, contúirteach a dúirt Quill. Chaithfí tacaíocht a thabhairt dhó agus dá chuid oibre a dúirt an Ciarraíoch. Rinne sé féin agus a cheardchumann amhlaidh. B’é Martin Luther King an fear conspóideach. Ach, cérbh é an Suibhneach seo a raibh an oiread sin cumhachta ag a ainm gurbh fhiú é a tharraingt anuas dhá scór bliain tar éis a bháis? Free article
17 October 2020
In 1920, at the height of the Tan War, republicans imprisoned in camps and jails throughout the country intensified their fight to be treated as prisoners of war Free article
14 October 2020
ON 14 October 1920, Seán Treacy was killed during a gun battle in Dublin City Centre's Talbot Street with British agents and troops. Note: This article by the late Shane Mac Thomáis was originally published in October 2004. Free article
21 July 2020
When the Partition of Ireland was first proposed in 1914 James Connolly said that such a scheme would mean “a carnival of reaction both North and South”. In the summer of 1920, as the British government unleashed the Black and Tans, and as it pushed forward legislation to partition the country, the carnival of reaction was seen in its full horror in the Six North-Eastern Counties that were to form the new state of ‘Northern Ireland’. Free article
1 June 2020
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the execution of Kevin Barry on 1 November 1920. His prison execution is well remembered but less well known is his activity as an IRA Volunteer in the months before his death. Free article
12 April 2020
Éirí Amach na Cásca – The 1916 Easter Rising - First published in Éiri amach na Cásca, The Easter Rising 1916, by Republican Publications, April 1986 Free article
12 April 2020
Éirí Amach na Cásca – The 1916 Easter Rising - BA DHOILIGH ról na Gaeilge agus an athbheochan chultúrtha le linn na tréimhse reábhlóidí in Éirinn a thuiscint gan cíoradh níos leithne a dhéanamh ar thionchar an choilíneachais ar phobal na tíre. Is beag saineolaí teanga, polaitíochta nó socheolaíochta nach mbeadh in aontas le tuairim Naom Chomsky gur ‘ceisteanna cumhachta i gcónaí iad ceisteanna teanga’. Tá an nasc seo i bhfad níos soiléire i gcomhthéacs an choilíneachais, nuair atá ansmacht an chultúir dhúchasaigh mar phríomhchloch ar phaidrín an ionraidh choilínigh. Ar an bhonn seo, ní tharlaíonn meath teanga ariamh i bpobail atá saibhir agus faoi phribhléid ach dóibh siúd atá díshealbhaithe agus díchumhachtaithe amháin. 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.