Issue 2 - 2024 200dpi

Martin Hurson — Died on 13 July 1981 after 46 days on hunger strike in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh

12 July 2023

THE death of IRA Volunteer Martin Hurson on 13 July 1981, after 46 days on the Hunger Strike, was unexpected. The suddenness of his death, coming only five days after that of Joe McDonnell, came as a shock since two other Hunger Strikers – Kieran Doherty and Kevin Lynch – had been almost a week on hunger strike ahead of Martin. Free article

Neil ‘Plunkett’ O’Boyle remembered by Irish republicans in Scotland

29 June 2023

“We are the generation who are going to deliver on what Neil ‘Plunkett’ O’Boyle and so many others gave their lives for”. These were the words of Sinn Féin TD for Donegal Pearse Doherty speaking at a centenary dinner in Motherwell commemorating Donegal and Newmains republican Neil ‘Plunkett’ O’Boyle. Free article

Tom Dunn: Rostrevor’s revolutionary hedge school master

9 June 2023

Chris Hazzard and Mick Murphy visited the grave of United Irishman Tom Dunn. Chris gives context to importance of Dunn 225 years since the 1798 rebellion. Free article

“I’ll finish as I started”

7 June 2023

At a recent lecture on Ernie O’Malley by the historian and Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha, I was chatting with Belinda Nugent from the O’Malley/Russell Cumann and I mentioned that my Granda Michael Smyth knew Ernie O’Malley and was instrumental in his famous escape from Kilmainham Gaol in 1921 along with Simon Donnelly and Frank Teeling. Free article

Lions in slumber

25 May 2023

On the 225th anniversary of the 1798 rebellion Joe Dwyer delves into an overlooked part of early Irish republican history – that of republicans in Britain and the allies they found there. Free article

The legalised lawlessness of the British Empire

25 May 2023

In the days before the coronation of Charles III, indigenous leaders and other representatives from 12 Commonwealth countries, former British colonies, issued a joint call on the new monarch to formally apologise for British imperial crimes and to make reparations by redistributing the wealth of the British crown and returning artefacts and human remains to their rightful owners. Free article

A journey through the Counter-Revolution

4 May 2023

On Saturday 29 April, eve of the centenary of the 1923 IRA ceasefire, Sinn Féin in Ennis, County Clare, unveiled a refurbished plaque to three Volunteers executed in the Free State barracks 100 years ago, some of the final Civil War executions. Speaking at the event Mícheál Mac Donncha looked back at the Counter-Revolution and how its centenary has been marked. This article is based on that address. Free article

Centenary of the death of Liam Lynch

9 April 2023

Liam Lynch died around 8.45pm on the evening of 10 April 1923, 100 years ago. His death signalled the end of the war and moves were made soon after to conclude that phase of the IRA’s campaign. Free article

History in the Making

8 April 2023

Pádraic Wilson was the Officer Commanding Republican Prisoners in the H-Blocks from 1996 to 1999. Here he writes of the key events within the prisons in the months before and after the Good Friday Agreement. Free article

Remembering Good Friday 1998

7 April 2023

Former Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams takes us inside the last hours of the talks that culminated in the Good Friday Agreement. Free article

Centenary of the Drumboe Martyrs

12 March 2023

November 1922 saw a general sweep by Free Staters through Donegal in an effort to end Republican opposition in the county. This sweep was successful in that it captured the vast bulk of Volunteers operating in the county or forced them to go on the run in other counties. Free article

Ballyseedy and Countess Bridge – 100 years on

2 March 2023

By the beginning of March 1923 the Civil War had taken a terrible toll across Ireland and worse was yet to come, especially in County Kerry. The war was intense there, with fierce fighting and many casualties between the strongly anti-Treaty Kerry IRA and the Free State forces that had invaded by sea at Fenit and captured Tralee the previous August. Free article

New book on Galway’s Roll of Honour

15 February 2023

Eoin Ó Broin TD will launch a new book produced by Galway Sinn Féin on the county’s republican Roll of Honour. The launch will take place in Club Áras na nGael, Galway City, on Monday, February 20 next at 7pm. Free article

Brendan Behan, a rebel and a writer

9 February 2023

Brendan Behan was born of republican parents Stephen Behan and Kathleen Kearney on 9 February 1923, in Holles Street Hospital, Dublin. The Civil War was at its height and Stephen was an IRA prisoner in Kilmainham Jail. Brendan's association with Irish republicanism, though chequered, was to last his lifetime. Free article

Funeral of Óglach Henry ‘Hensey’ McKenna

7 February 2023

Sinn Féin figures from across Ireland, including former Party President Gerry Adams and former Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, joined hundreds of republicans from across the island to honour and remember Óglach Henry ‘Hensey’ McKenna. Free article

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