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What’s happening with blog?

I haven’t been doing much on the blog for some weeks. . .

This is partly because of work on Redline blog and partly the interruptions of life in general.  I was away for ten days and tied up with other stuff and then I had a lot of other things to catch up with when I got back home.

I’m currently transcribing some more more Fintan Lalor stuff to go on the blog and then I just have to do some proofing and correcting on Constance Markievicz’s 1923 pamphlet What Irish Republicans Stand For and I’ll get that up.  It would have gone up long ago except I have a print out that I made of it back in the late 1980s and when me and a friend were typing it up I noticed that several lines were missing at the bottom of a number of pages.  I have had to wait several years to be able to get hold of those lines, but I’ve been able to find and fix them.

Then I have a substantial little body of books I need to review.  It is now several years since most of these books were actually published!!!  However, the stuff I tend to read is material that doesn’t date, so the reviews would still be highly relevant.

I’m still very keen to get other people writing for this site.

Also, Redline would love to run a piece on the anti-water charges campaign and its recent sweeping victory.  But everyone I ask is so busy with actual campaigning, no-one has time.  If anyone who reads this blog fancies taking it on, that would be great.

Email redlinemarxists@gmail.com

Redline is a totally independent site, it’s not aligned with any political organisation or tendency.  So there should be no complications in anyone writing for it.

 

 

Upcoming

Between the death of my father a couple of weeks ago and a massive load of work-work, the blog has again taken a back seat.

As of the end of next week, however, I will be unemployed.  I have work to do on my house, with an overgrown back yard of fruit, herbs and veges being strangled by weed and I have some stuff to do inside too.  Apart from that, however, I hope to make a bit more progress on getting things up on the blog.

 

The blog’s top five

Below are the top five articles on the blog and the number of views they have had:

Women’s rights and the national struggle, 1916-1922 5,646
The burning of the British embassy – 40 years on 4,683
Politics and the rise of historical revisionism 3,950
Saor Eire – Marxist and republican 2,770
Nationalisms and anti-nationalisms in Irish historiography 2,513

Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh

Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh.

I am still in the process of considering the future of this blog, but will be taking a little bit longer to make up my mind about things.

In the meantime, I want to get a few book reviews up and also to finish a piece on Fintan Lalor.

And I’m still looking for people to contribute pieces on Ireland from a Marxist-republican perspective.

Phil

 

Blog top 20

Below are the 20 most viewed pieces on the blog, excluding the home page/archives and ‘about’.  The top 12 have all had over 1,000 views: the most-viewed (ie Women’s rights and the national struggle, 1916-1922) has now had almost 5,000 views, while the Pearse biography has just gone over 1,000 views.

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
Saor Eire – Marxist and republican
Nationalisms and anti-nationalisms in Irish historiography
A history of the Provisional Republican Movement – part one of three
The New IRA and socialist-republicanism in the twenty-first century
The Easter Rising and the ‘blood sacrifice’
Republicanism and the national independence struggle, 1916-21
Chapter 4: The Home Rule Crisis
The working class and the national struggle, 1916-1921
In review: Joost Augusteijn on Patrick Pearse
The Rossville Street (Derry) Bloody Sunday murals
Interview with veteran socialist-republican Gerry Ruddy
A history of the Provos – part three
The Re-Imaging Programme in the six counties
Remembering Máirín Keegan, 1932-1972
A History of the Provos – part two of three
Remembering Peter Graham, 1945-1971
Interview with Jim Lane: veteran socialist-republican

Challenging the construction of republican ‘dissidents’

In the past few days I’ve been in contact with a number of republicans around Ireland and further afield, as part of my attempt to expand this blog’s readership and also to find more people to write for it.

One result is that I came in contact with someone who recently (2013) completed a master’s thesis on how republicans who continue to hold core republican views have been presented by the Provisionals’ leadership (and others – academics, media) as “dissident republicans”.  Larry has kindly agreed that I can use his MA thesis for the blog.

So, over the next couple of weeks, I hope to go through it and start getting it up on the blog.

I am trying to put aside time to work on a feature piece on Fintan Lalor and the Irish Revolution, as well as a bunch of reviews which I have been meaning to write over the past couple of years and haven’t, as other aspects of life have intervened continuously, as they are wont to do. . .

Once again, I am very keen to get other people involved in writing stuff for the blog.

Blog future

Just a short note on the future of the blog.

In the past, up til about a year ago, I tried to get heaps of stuff up on the site and cover lots of small things that were happening in Ireland.  However, it’s proved to not be possible to keep doing this and attempting to do so has become exhausting and also gotten in the way of having time (and energy) to get up more substantial stuff.

So, from now on, I won’t be making any attempt to cover various events as they happen within Ireland.  Instead I’ll put in links to stories on particular struggles maybe once a week – or once a fortnight if not much is happening at any time – from socialist-republican sites.  They have members on the ground involved in these struggles and do much more ongoing articles on them than I ever could.

Instead I’m going to concentrate on:

  • Historical material

  • Occasional in-depth work on particular contemporary issues of Irish politics and political economy

  • Book reviews

At the end of this year, I’ll also review whether it’s worth continuing the blog.

In the meantime, I’m really keen to run book and film reviews that anyone might fancy contributing, anything on the Irish economy/ies, the new political dispensation in the six counties, historical material, etc etc.

Phil

Blog top 20

Below are the 20 most hit-on pieces on the blog.  The top two – on women’s rights and the national struggle 1916-1922 and the aftermath of the 1972 British Army’s Bloody Sunday massacre – both have almost 3,500 hits.

  1. Women’s rights and the national struggle, 1916-1922

  2. The burning of the British embassy – 40 years on

  3. Politics and the rise of historical revisionism

  4. Saor Eire – Marxist and republican

  5. Nationalisms and anti-nationalisms in Irish historiography

  6. A history of the Provisional Republican Movement – part one of three

  7. The New IRA and socialist-republicanism in the twenty-first century

  8. The Easter Rising and the ‘blood sacrifice’

  9. Chapter 4: The Home Rule Crisis

  10. Republicanism and the national independence struggle, 1916-21

  11. Interview with veteran socialist-republican Gerry Ruddy

  12. In review: Joost Augusteijn on Patrick Pearse

  13. The Rossville Street (Derry) Bloody Sunday murals

  14. The working class and the national struggle, 1916-1921

  15. Remembering Máirín Keegan, 1932-1972

  16. A history of the Provos – part three

  17. The Re-Imaging Programme in the six counties

  18. A History of the Provos – part two of three

  19. Remembering Peter Graham, 1945-1971

  20. Interview with Jim Lane: veteran socialist-republican

Blog update

Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh.

A few days ago, this blog passed 100,000 hits.  A small, but creditable achievement for a blog based at the arse-end of the world, putting forward a Marxian-republican view on Irish society, economy and politics.

Family sickness and death, redundancy, moving city (once), moving house (several times) and house-hunting have all affected my input to the blog for some time now.  However, I’m hoping that 2015 will be different and things will get back on track again as I settle once more into a stable existence with an organised routine.

This year I want to get a lot more book reviews up on the site, along with new material on the Irish economy and Irish politics (eg the rise of Sinn Fein in the south).  I’ll be continuing to agitate for a united left-republican project around the 100th anniversary of the Rising – I see the Shinners are already organising their ‘broad front’ constitutional nationalist project around the anniversary, making the need for left republicans to get their act together even more urgent.

On historical material, I want to finish getting up my cache of Constance Markievicz writings, most urgently her 1923 pamphlet What republicans stand for.  And I want to start getting up material by the great revolutionary figure Fintan Lalor.  Lalor was given his due by Pearse and Connolly, but seems to have faded from the republican pantheon in more recent years.  It’s time to restore him to his rightful position.

I also want to continue to promote the valuable work being done on republican history by Mick Healy and by other folks such as Jim Lane.

I would also encourage blog readers to support the socialist-republican organisations – I believe that a key component of the way forward in Ireland is joint activity, testing out the possibility for mergers involving éirígí (the group that I am attached to), the Republican Network for Unity (RNU) and the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP).  Possibly even the 32-County Sovereignty Movement (32CSM), now that it has come out clearly for socialism.

I’m also keen that supportive readers contribute material to the blog.  So, please, send me reviews of books on Ireland, Irish films, pieces on history, culture, the economy, whatever.

I also continue to be involved in a blog called Redline.  It has several times as many hits as this blog – last December alone it had almost 10,000 hits (9,888 to be precise) – and so a lot of stuff of mine appears there, as well as a load of stuff on NZ politics, history, society, economy and a lot of anti-imperialist material with a particular focus on the Middle East, especially Palestine and the PFLP.  Redline is here.

Phil

Nollaig Shona Daoibh

To readers and supporters of this blog, Nollaig shona daoibh agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh.

The last six months of 2014 have been extremely hectic for me personally and one result is that this blog has taken a bit of a back seat.  Lots of stuff I had hoped to do simply didn’t get done.

In the New Year I will be extremely busy personally for maybe 4-6 weeks, but hope to get a few new pieces up on the blog.  After that, I’m hoping the blog will finally return to ‘normal’, with more in the way of feature pieces on Ireland today, especially politics and economy, as well as continuing historical stuff.

On the history side, for instance, I want to do some stuff on Fintan Lalor.

And I will continue to be lobbying for socialist-republicans to form joint committees to organise major activities around the 100th anniversary of the Rising.

Phil