Mick Healy has just informed me of the death of Ruairi O Bradaigh. I hope to get to the funeral but, in any case, I’ll be running a tribute to him as soon as I can.
In the meantime, there is an interview I did with Ruairi back in 1997, here.
The funeral is at midday Saturday in Roscommon.
I have been having a break recently, chilling out in the West Country. I’ve seen my current favourite musician, Seth Lakeman, playing at the Bath Music Festival and then I went down to Newquay to see him play at Lusty Glaze beach.
Two memorable gigs, the Bath one an indoor gig at the Forum with a packed house of about 1300, the Lusty Glaze beach performance about 5-600 of us in this sandy cove on the outskirts of Newquay, dancing away as the sun went down. Interesting audience at Lusty; next to me – I was right up front – was an old dear well into her 70s, dancing away with her walking stick.
Seth and his band playing ‘Setting of the Sun’, as the sun went down in the sea behind us at Lusty Glaze – spine-tingling.
Lusty Glaze is basically a little sandy cove, with cliffs on three sides, forming a sort of natural amphitheatre. You go down over 130 steps to the little cove. If you’re ever in Cornwall, catch the Sundowner sessions at Lusty.
Although I will be trying to get a few pieces up over the next couple of weeks, it may be early July before full transmission on the blog is resumed.
Mick’s filmed interview with Frank Keane is probably the next substantial thing we’ll get up.
The éirígí site has been running a series of pieces on activists from the 1916 Rising, including those who survived and fought on.
Kathleen Lynn: http://www.eirigi.org/latest/latest110513.html
Winifred Carney: http://www.eirigi.org/latest/latest050513.html
Eamonn Ceannt: http://www.eirigi.org/latest/latest070513.html
Michael Mallin: http://www.eirigi.org/latest/latest010513.html
Tom Clarke: http://www.eirigi.org/latest/latest290413_2.html
Padraic Pearse: http://www.eirigi.org/latest/latest210413.html
I’ve added my rejoinder to Rayner’s rejoinder to me. Scroll down from Rayner’s piece at: http://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/socialism-and-irish-republicanism-an-exchange-of-views-d-r-oconnor-lysaght-and-philip-ferguson/