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A front-page news story of the September 17, 1970 issue of the Irish Times informed readers of the disruption of the satirical review “A State of Chassis” at the Peacock Theatre. The show was about the civil rights movement and growing conflict in the six counties and was written by John D. Stewart, Tomás MacAnna and Eugene Watters.
Protesters objected to what McCann called the “abysmally ignorant” portrayal of the north and its caricature of Bernadette Devlin.
Among those taking part was Mairin Keegan, a prominent figure in the Marxist-republican organisation Saor Eire.
We haven’t started it yet, due to involvement in other stuff. However, it should be getting going at the end of this month.
It will likely be done through an email group, with members of the study group doing reading each week, someone taking on to present a synopsis and then everyone discussing the reading through the email group.
Because people are in different time zones – NZ, Canada, the US and western Europe – skype or other such hook-ups are not really possible on a weekly basis. But we could all possibly manage occasional such link-ups. . . ?
You can contact the people initiating the study group by emailing: email@example.com
I look forward to studying with some of you!
The pieces below have all had over 1,000 views. The most-viewed, on women and the national struggle from the Rising to the Treaty and civil war, has had almost 8,000 views; the one on the assault on Markievicz has had 1,025; the rest are part way in-between:
Women’s rights and the national struggle, 1916-1922
The burning of the British embassy – 40 years on
Politics and the rise of historical revisionism
Nationalisms and anti-nationalisms in Irish historiography
Saor Eire – Marxist and republican
The Easter Rising and the ‘blood sacrifice’
A history of the Provisional Republican Movement – part one of three
The working class and the national struggle, 1916-1921
The global-historical significance of the 1916 Rising
The New IRA and socialist-republicanism in the twenty-first century
Republicanism and the national independence struggle, 1916-21
Chapter 4: The Home Rule Crisis
The Rossville Street (Derry) Bloody Sunday murals
In review: Joost Augusteijn on Patrick Pearse
The lesbian fighters of 1916
The assault on Markievicz – as fact-free as it is malicious
Sign the petition to abolish the Special Criminal Court:
The Special Criminal Court was set up by Fianna Fail in 1972 as part of their attempt to suppress the national liberation struggle that had re-erupted in the late 1960s. The ‘Soldiers of Destiny’ were worried that there was mass support in the south for the struggle in the north, especially following the burning down of the British embassy in Dublin in early 1972 after the British Army massacre of peaceful protests in Derry on Bloody Sunday.
The southern state sought to regain the initiative and repression of republicans through things like juryless courts, secret evidence and so on was the order of the day.
One of the most notorious of the Special Criminal cases was the Sallins train robbery case in 1976. A mail train was held up and robbed and the state, worried about the rise of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, arrested five members – Osgur Breatnach, Michael Plunkett, John Fitzpatrick, Nicky Kelly and Brian McNally. ‘Confessions’ were beaten out of four of them. Evidence of the beatings was simply dismissed by the judges and the men were convicted on the basis of confessions alone, although two jumped bail and fled the country. It took four years before several convictions were overturned, but the last one took until 1984.