Lorcán Ó Ciaráin Of Magheramenagh Castle

Following up on my article examining the last great battle of the War of Independence, the confrontation between a combined force of pro- and anti-treaty units of the Irish Republican Army and the British Occupation Forces in the “Pettigo and Belleek salient“ of counties Fermanagh and Donegal during the summer of 1922, Jim Greenan has provided some additional information… Read More Lorcán Ó Ciaráin Of Magheramenagh Castle

Thomas Kent And The Hatred Of The Unionist Demagogues

On a day that has witnessed a state-funeral for the disinterred remains of Thomas Kent, a fifty-year-old commandant of the Irish Volunteers executed by a military firing squad in the aftermath of the Easter Rising of 1916, it is worth noting the reactions of the political leaders of the British unionist minority in the north-east of our country. From… Read More Thomas Kent And The Hatred Of The Unionist Demagogues

A British Tank On An Irish Street

On the 13th of January 1921 a number of British soldiers manning a vehicle-checkpoint on O’Connell Bridge, the main river-crossing in Dublin city, opened fire on a crowd of men, women and children protesting their presence, killing two civilians and wounding five others. Exploiting subsequent unrest in the capital’s northside districts on the 15th of… Read More A British Tank On An Irish Street

An Inconvenient Truth Of The Irish Revolution

One of the great, populist myths on the right and far right of German politics during the 1920s and ’30s was the claim that the country had been “stabbed in the back” during the closing months of World War I by a minority cabal of left-wing agitators and Jewish financiers. Without that betrayal at home and the conspiracy… Read More An Inconvenient Truth Of The Irish Revolution

Partition Is Wrong In Ukraine But Right In Ireland?

  Apparently ethno-religious separatists carving off regions of clearly defined national territories through violence and the threat of violence, with the partition of those territories, the forced movement or repression of communities opposed to the separatists, and ultimately perhaps the retention or annexation of the breakaway zones by those foreign powers who actively encouraged the… Read More Partition Is Wrong In Ukraine But Right In Ireland?

Belfast’s Fianna Éireann During The Irish Revolution

  Due to the baleful influence of the Neo-Unionist lobby in the Dublin press corps since the 1970s popular culture in Ireland has tended to overlook the truly national character of the War of Independence. The volunteer-soldiers of the Irish Republican Army who sought to liberate our island nation in the first half of the 20th century… Read More Belfast’s Fianna Éireann During The Irish Revolution

Condemning Rebellion In Occupied France And Ireland

Today’s Irish Times newspaper carries a deeply offensive article examining the period of 1939-45 in France and what the author of the piece characterizes as the “armed rebellion” of the French Resistance against the mandated administration of the country by Nazi Germany and it’s collaborationist partners during World War II. In particular the journalist questions… Read More Condemning Rebellion In Occupied France And Ireland

Celebrating The Irish Who Fought Against Slavery

As Ireland’s plutocratic old guard grinds its teeth in anxiety at the approaching 2016 centenary of the Easter Rising, the insurrection that heralded the Irish Revolution in 1916, some from the Neo-Ascendancy class have sought solace in rival historical commemorations where they can express their true ideological loyalties (and perhaps true political identity too). Dismissing the remembrance of a risen people they have plunged into the records of the industrial-scale… Read More Celebrating The Irish Who Fought Against Slavery

From Ireland To Greece A Policy Of Divide And Conquer

Reading this account by Ed Vulliamy and Helena Smith in the Observer newspaper of Britain’s fermenting of the civil war in Greece from 1946 to 1949 I was struck by some parallels with the British government’s instigation of the internecine conflict in Ireland between the established Irish Republic and the usurping Irish Free State in… Read More From Ireland To Greece A Policy Of Divide And Conquer

Chronology of Irish History 1919–1923

Over the last year I’ve been contacted by a few people enquiring if I knew anything about the disappearance of the web-based “Chronology of Irish History 1919 –1923”, an invaluable month-by-month account of significant events from the War of Independence and Civil War created by Séamus Fox of Dublin City University and maintained on the DCU servers… Read More Chronology of Irish History 1919–1923

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

I’m not quite sure if the political establishment in Ireland is embarrassed, ashamed or terrified by the 2016 centenary of the Irish Revolution but there is definitely something amiss in the way they are reacting to the approaching anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916. After four years of stonewalling from various representatives of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition the… Read More The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The Irish Slave Mind

Given some recent conversations on ASF I thought this article might be of interest to a number of readers. It discusses the much vexed issue of the Irish “slave mentality”, the aberrant mindset found in a significant number of people on this island nation who place no value in their own linguistic, cultural or national identity but who instead wish to emulate the identity… Read More The Irish Slave Mind

John Redmond, From Gun-Running To Civil War

In recent years the historical figure of John Redmond MP, the head of the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) and self-declared “leader of Nationalist Ireland” during the early stages of the 1916-23 revolution, has been elevated to the status of a contra-republican icon by the Neo-Unionist tendency of Irish journalism and politics. In the run-up to… Read More John Redmond, From Gun-Running To Civil War

British Violence Good, Irish Violence Bad

Perhaps I should change that headline to a more accurate one? “British Violence (By Irish People For Britain) Good, Irish Violence (By Irish People Against Britain) Bad” For that in essence is the argument put forward by former Taoiseach and aficionado of several right-wing think-tanks John Bruton in a number of recent speeches. Of course… Read More British Violence Good, Irish Violence Bad