I had hoped, now that I’m unemployed, to have more time for the blog, but it’s amazing how the day fills up with other work. Also, until a day ago, my only means of accessing a computer and the internet was by walking over the hill to the little port library which has five computers for public use. Now, however, I have a laptop, although I currently can’t really afford to hook up to the internet.
Anyway, I have been thinking quite a bit about the future of this blog.
It did occur to me to wind it up, and offer anything I wanted to write about Ireland to the éirígí site, as some time ago I became a member of Clann éirígí and have been heavily involved in producing the Clann’s bulletin.
However, the site has a core group of readers and it does argue some politics of its own: for instance, I support a woman’s right to choose on abortion and I think that should be the party position. I also think that the left-republican groups should form a united committee to plan for Easter 1916 events. I think it would be bordering on criminal if each group simply organises its own events.
Imagine 1916. Pearse leads the Irish Volunteers out one day in one place. Connolly leads the ICA out another day in another place. The two movements never speak or co-ordinate. Crazy, huh? Let’s hope that the left-republican groups don’t adopt such an approach to commemorative events, especially for the 100th anniversary.
Well, let’s not just hope; let’s argue for an ard comhairle of representatives of the various organisations to organise national events and, at local level, comhairle ceantair or cúigí to organise district or regional events.
Anyway, back to the blog and you.
As well as Read the rest of this entry
This came from veteran socialist-republican Jim Lane in Cork, and is part two in his centenary year series on the history of the Cork Volunteers Pipe Band
Regular readers may have noticed that not much has appeared on the site over the last month or more. Rest assured, the blog is still very much a going concern. Likely, however, it will be another two-three weeks before things get back to ‘normal’.
In the meantime, hopefully you’ll go back through particular categories and catch up on things you haven’t had the chance to read before.