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Saor Eire activist Seamus Ryan, 1937-2014
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by Mick Healy
The funeral took place on July 23, 2014 in Mount Jerome cemetery, Dublin, of former Saor Eire activist Seamus Ryan who died after a long illness in London.
Seamus was born in September 1937 in Dublin and as a teenager joined the Republican Movement. In 1956, like others of his generation, he emigrated to London to find employment. He later became an accomplished photographer, creating hundreds of remarkable images which are a vital part of the history of the Irish left-wing in Britain.
He later became involved with the Trotskyist Irish Workers Group (IWG), along with his friends Liam Daltun, Frank Keane and Gery Lawless. Around this time his photographs were featured frequently in the IWG monthly magazine, the Irish Militant.
In the late 1960s he forged links with Saor Éire, a militant Marxist-republican group which was set up in the 1960s by former members of the IRA and a layer of Trotskyist activists associated with the Fourth International.
Seamus was arrested in 1967 at Northchurch Road, Dalston, London and charged with possession of Read the rest of this entry →
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