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Well, a month has gone by and nothing. But today or tomorrow I will be getting up some notes on Connolly’s Labour In Irish History from a study/discussion group organised by Eirigi. It’s a couple of chapters where I led the discussion, chapters 8 and 9, in particular dealing with Emmet’s rebellion, which was even more radical than the main United Irish movement which had been crushed in 1798. Emmet was the kind of “last gasp” of the UI movement and especially proletarian.
The ten most-viewed pieces on the blog are currently:
The most-viewed piece on this blog is Women’s Rights and the National Struggle, 1916-1922. This has now had over 10,000 views.
Hope folks have found it useful!
Again, I’ve been rather lax with the blog, due to other commitments – and, I must admit, a certain amount of inertia. . .
My priorites right now are getting up more of Fintan Lalor’s articles from the 1840s and also starting to get up articles by Sean McLoughlin, appointed Cmdt-General by Connolly towards the end of Easter Week. Sean McL later played an important role in both the original and sadly shortlived Communist Party of Ireland (founded by Roddy Connolly) and in James Connolly’s Socialist Labour Party in Scotland.
He is the subject of a fine biography by Charlie McGuire. Charlie deserves much respect for rescuing Sean McLoughlin from obscurity. Every socialist-republican should buy Charlie’s book.
I am also keen to get other people involved in the blog: book and film reviews, historical pieces, and also contemporary economic analysis are particular areas of interest. At present it’s essentially me, with some articles by my friend Mick Healy. But Mick has The Irish Republican & Marxist History Project to keep him busy as his primary on-line focus.
I also want to advertise other blogs more consistently, such as the Irish Republican & Marxist History Project and John Bull’s Workhouse (about the six-county state and economy), which Belfast socialist-republican Liam O Ruairc (an occasional contributor to this blog) and veteran Cork socialist-republican Jim Lane are involved in.
Plus I will link more to material on sites such as Eirigi and Saoradh, as well as continuing to re-blog and link to stuff by Socialist Democracy.
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.
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.
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.
Below are the top five articles on the blog and the number of views they have had:
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.
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