Scotland Arise

Séamas Ó Conghaile, 5ú Meitheamh 1868, Dún Éideann, Albain - 12ú Bealtaine 1916, Baile Átha Cliath, Éire
Séamas Ó Conghaile, 5ú Meitheamh 1868, Dún Éideann, Albain – 12ú Bealtaine 1916, Baile Átha Cliath, Éire (Íomhá: Harry Kernoff. Cropped version of original cleaned in Photoshop)

James Connolly, son of Edinburgh and Dublin, with a message at the end of the 19th century for the land of his forebears that is just as relevant at the start of the 21st century for the land of his birth : “The great appear great to us only because we are on our knees. Let us rise.”

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9 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Míle Gaiscíoch and commented:
    Strange as it may seem, even from the other side of the world, I can hardly remember ever wanting anything so bad. For all my disappointment with “democracy”, I am PRAYING that it actually works this once. Albain Abú! #FREETHEUNICORN

  2. While one can only admire Connolly’s physical courage and his auto-didacticism as a working class intellectual born into poverty, it is interesting to speculate what would have happened if he and his ilk had ever actually succeeded in taking over in Ireland – not that that was ever a likely scenario given the attachment of the majority to their church – the record of far left Marxists taking over countries in the 20th c is not an inspiring one. As a doctrinaire Marxist, Connolly would probably have exterminated the Irish middle class or driven em into exile, and Ireland would have gone the same way as Russia, China, Cambodia etc.

  3. @john cronin
    Connolly was in the minority as a Marxist amongst his ilk, and he was eloquent about being a different kind of socialist: an IRISH one. Major financial powers backed the Russians and Chinese, the Irish had neither the blessing of international banksters or an imperial religious institution. Had their revolution succeeded, perhaps it would have been a check against the outright theocracy that ensued (continued) after they failed.

  4. “perhaps it would have been a check against the outright theocracy that ensued (continued) after they failed.”

    Unlikely, since the vast majority of the population were practicing believing conservative Catholics.

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