Monthly Archives: August 2012
Remembering Vol. Jimmy Roe
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
Current top 20 pieces
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.
Current top 20
Saor Eire – Marxist and republican
Politics and the rise of historical revisionism
Women’s rights and the national struggle, 1916-1922
The burning of the British embassy – 40 years on
Interview with veteran socialist-republican Gerry Ruddy
Remembering Máirín Keegan, 1932-1972
The New IRA and socialist-republicanism in the twenty-first century
A history of the Provisional Republican Movement – part one of three
The Easter Rising and the ‘blood sacrifice’
A history of the Provos – part three
Remembering Peter Graham, 1945-1971
Smashing H Block and republicanism today: an interview with F. Stuart Ross
Turf-cutters continue protests
Chapter 4: The Home Rule Crisis
Organising against the household and water taxes (and the septic tank tax too) – Newbridge
A History of the Provos – part two of three
Republicanism in the twenty-first century – report on a meeting
The changing nature of six-county society
Massacring miners: the ANC, the Provos and the lessons for the struggle in Ireland
Cole/Colley commemoration, Dublin, Sat, August 25
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.
Further reading: Constance Markievicz oration on second aniversary of Cole/Colley and éirígí article on their commemoration