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Weapons Of The Irish Revolution

I thought these military-related articles would interest quite a few ASF readers (those of you who haven’t discovered the pieces for yourself, of course). First up is the always excellent … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

John Bruton. Why?

John Bruton, former Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach na hÉireann, writing in the Irish Independent newspaper manages once again to prove his reputation as the idiot savant of Irish politics, as … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · 14 Comments

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 … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 49 Comments

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 … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 26 Comments

Some Irish Stories

A few quick links to articles and posts that I have enjoyed over the last week or so. First up is this piece from the excellent historical website, The Cricket … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 3 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 7 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · 11 Comments

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 … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

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 … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 10 Comments

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 … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 19 Comments

The Irish Famine Of 1925

These are the people, the right-wing Nationalist forces, that initiated and won the counter-revolutionary civil war of 1921-23 and this is the conservative Irish Free State they replaced the liberal … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 20 Comments

Ireland’s Great Betrayal

What date marks the end of Ireland’s War of Independence? It is a question more debated than you might think (along with the commencement of the struggle itself, with both Cork … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · 12 Comments

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 … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · 15 Comments

The Scandal Of The 1916 Battlefield Quarter

As Dublin City Council continues to debate and prevaricate over saving what is left of the capital’s 1916 Battlefield Quarter below is a timely reminder of the background to the … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Irish Republic

I remember writing an essay many years ago where I stated that the Irish revolution was the making of Ireland’s language revival and the Irish counter-revolution was its breaking. Nothing … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 29 Comments

The Politics Of Brutal Bruton

Former Fine Gael leader and arch Euro-federalist John Bruton is generally regarded as the most economically right-wing Taoiseach Ireland has had in living memory. His term of office in the … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · 6 Comments

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 … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · 15 Comments

France Had Pétain, We Nearly Had Redmond

John Redmond is probably one of the more divisive figures in Irish history and rightly so. The patrician head of the Irish Parliamentary Party whose followers eulogised him with an … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 23 Comments

The Real Subversives In Ireland

The twisted psyche of the ruling elites in Ireland is never plainer to see than when one of them emerges from the Big House to criticise the revolutionary stepping stones that … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 28 Comments

The 100th Anniversary Of The Redmondite Putsch

In June 1914 the autocratic leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party or IPP, John Redmond MP, staged something of a putsch within the ranks of the Irish Volunteers (IV), the nationalist paramilitary … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Negationists Ahoy!

So that tired old spy/informer/traitor of yore, Seán O’Callaghan, is back peddling his same tired old “analyses” of political and military events in Ireland. Or more specifically the bit of … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

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