Monthly Archives: November 2017
Friends and comrades of Liam Sutcliffe have organised a commemoration to mark Liam’s passing and his contribution to Irish national liberation and socialism.
The commemoration will be starting at St Patrick’s Cathedral at 1pm on Sunday 3rd December and marching to Mount Jerome Cemetery.
This is an independent commemoration, so please no party political material, but all Republicans welcome.
The Liam Sutcliffe Commemoration Committee has set up a facebook page, here.
Reposing at the Fanagan Funeral Home, Aungier Street, Dublin from 5pm until 7.30pm, Tuesday, 7th November, with family in attendance.
Requiem Mass at 11.30am on Wednesday, 8th November, in Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar Street (Aungier Street), Dublin.
Funeral thereafter to Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6W.
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by Mick Healy
Socialist-republican and former Saor Éire activist Liam Sutcliffe passed away suddenly at his home in Greenhills, Dublin on Friday 3rd November, 2017. His wife Bernadette, to whom he was married for over 60 years, died in February 2016.
Liam came from an historic Dublin working class area, The Liberties, and was recruited into the Irish Republican Army along with Tomás Mac Giolla in 1954. Within a few months he was operating as an IRA agent in Gough barracks in Armagh, passing important information to the Republican Movement.
This was part of the preparations for Read the rest of this entry →
Posted in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Border Campaign/Operation Harvest, Commemorations, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Political education and theory, Public events - Ireland, Republicanism 1960s, Republicanism post-1900, Revolutionary figures, Saor Eire
Oh, and the blowing up of Nelson’s Pillar in 1966!
Liam died at home in Walkinstown (Dublin) on Friday.
Check out the filmed interview with him here: https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/interview-with-liam-sutcliffe-socialist-republican-veteran/
We’ll provide funeral details as soon as these are known.
Does intense class conflict with bosses, cops and government necessarily lead workers to draw radical conclusions asks Barney Cassidy? To put the question another way, does struggle mean that the working class becomes conscious of what is in its own best interests?
In 1922 striking miners defending their jobs in the South African town of Witwatersand fought gun battles in the streets killing about 70 troops. The political conclusion those white workers drew from their experiences was that they needed a Nationalist-Labour Pact with the Afrikaaner Nationalist Party. This was despite the involvement of the newly founded Communist Party of South Africa in the struggle. Even intense and bloody class conflict is no guarantee that the working class will necessarily act in its own best interests.
That’s a lesson it’s worth holding in mind when reflecting on politics in the north of Ireland.
Seán Mitchell, a member of Read the rest of this entry →