Sources on Irish Citizen Army

join_armyThis is reblogged from Micheal at Laochra Uladh (see blogroll), an excellent blog dealing mainly with the Border Campaign (Operation Harvest) of 1956-62; I’ve left his American-English spellings as in the original, except that I spelt RoH out in full, so used the English-English for Honour.  I’ve slightly changed the order of items from the original and also stuck in an illustration.  I’ve also written a little bit about the ICA, albeit within chapters about wider events, which you can find here and here.  Lastly, Mick mentions that Brian Hanley’s article in Saothar on the ICA after 1916 is hard to find – I have a pdf of the Brian H article, which I can send to anyone if you drop me a line:

There’s no doubt that the Irish Citizen Army is one of the landmark organizations of modern Irish history. In honor of Labor Day here in America and the 100th anniversary of the Lockout, I’ve compiled some of the best links and online resources on them:

Very good introductory history: http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/cc1913/ica.html

James Connolly’s explanation of why they formed: http://www.marxists.org/archive/connolly/1915/10/forca.htm

Worth including is this instructional pamphlet Connolly addressed to the Citizens’ Army on revolutionary warfare: http://www.marxists.org/archive/connolly/1915/rw/revwar.htm

Recruiting poster and uniforms: http://www.theeasterrising.eu/160ICA/ICA.htm

Their Roll of Honour: http://comeheretome.com/2011/11/02/irish-citizen-army-ica-roll-of-honour-easter-1916/

Sean O’Casey’s Memoir: http://libcom.org/library/story-irish-citizen-army-sean-ocasey

Memoirs by volunteers:

Frank Robbins (later published as Under the Starry Plough): http://1913committee.ie/blog/?p=599

Matthew Connolly (brother of Sean, KIA): http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/reels/bmh/BMH.WS1746.pdf

James O’Shea: http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/reels/bmh/BMH.WS0733.pdf

Willie Oman: http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/reels/bmh/BMH.WS0421.pdf

Maeve Cavanagh: http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/reels/bmh/BMH.WS0258.pdf

Rosie Hackett: http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie/reels/bmh/BMH.WS0546.pdf

After 1916

On their little known existence from 1916-1930s. Brian Hanley wrote an excellent article on the subject (for Saothar in 2003), but it’s hard to find. Luckily SIPTU has a summary here: http://www.siptu.ie/aboutsiptu/history/thecitizensarmy/

AOH Hibernian Rifles

An article on their unlikely and today uncredited allies in the AOH’s Hibernian Rifles: http://www.theirishstory.com/2013/03/31/a-short-history-of-the-hibernian-rifles-1912-1916/

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Posted on October 1, 2013, in 1913 lockout, Border Campaign/Operation Harvest, British state repression (general), Civil War period, Constance Markievicz, Free State in 1920s, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Irish Citizen Army, James Connolly, Jim Larkin, Political education and theory, Social conditions, The road to the Easter Rising, Trade unions, War for Independence period, Women in republican history. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for the re-post Phil!

    RM Fox’s history is on my list but in the meantime these made good reading.

    Can’t help but speculate how they’d be useful today….

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