Monthly Archives: August 2012
by Mick Healy
Jimmy Roe was born in Albert Place, West Belfast on 14th December 1927 to George (an IRA member in the 1920s) and Emelia Roe, who was of Italian descent with ancestors who had fought with Garibaldi’s Redshirts.
Jimmy Roe grew up with a brother (George) and two sisters (Anna and Marie), under the twin influences of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and radical republicanism. He exhibited a keen interest and enthusiasm for the GAA.
Jimmy represented Antrim in hurling and football, playing on the Antrim team remembered for their defeat of Cavan in the 1951 Ulster football final. He was also instrumental in the development of Casement Park, which would later become the senior venue for Antrim GAA.
Moreover, Jimmy was proud of his class and as a young man he would join Fianna Eireann and later progress into the ranks of the Irish Republican Army. He would become associated with the republican struggle from the 1940s, befriending such stalwart figures as Read the rest of this entry
I’ve just finished expanding the article on the burning of the British embassy following Bloody Sunday and our side losing the initiative afterwards. It’s still at the same url: https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/the-burning-of-the-british-embassy-40-years-on/
I’m currently working on a review of Augusteijn’s surprisingly good bio of Pearse.
éirígí Dublin North East will mark the 90th anniversary of the execution of Volunteers Cole and Colley with a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, August 25th, assembling at 12.30pm at Beaumont House before the short walk to Yellow Road.