Category Archives: Public events – Australia and New Zealand

Irish Night at the Canterbury WEA (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Tonight’s Irish Night is the second part of a talk on “Constance Markievicz: countess and revolutionary”.  It marks the end of this term’s advertised Irish Nights.

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Next term, Irish Night at the WEA will be continuing on a fortnightly basis, starting on Thursday, October 17.  Each session will run from 7.30-9pm, with an initial focus on women and the struggle for Irish freedom.

October 17: Bernadette Devlin: we’ll be showing a 1969 US television documentary on Bernadette Devlin, made shortly after she was elected to the British parliament.

October 31: Off Our Knees screening; this is a documentary about the civil rights movement in the north of Ireland in the 1960s and events there up to 1988, written and presented by Bernadette (Devlin) McAliskey.

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November 14: Mna na IRA: Rose Dugdale: this is an episode of a series of Irish TV documentaries on women who were involved in the armed conflict against the British military presence in Ireland; this episode is on Rose Dugdale, an iconic revolutionary figure whose background was in the English upper class.

Each showing will be accompanied by a short introductory talk.

November 28: The Troops Out Movement in Britain: a talk on the campaign in Britain for the withdrawal of British troops from Ireland

December 12: Political prisoners in Ireland today

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Constance Markievicz and the Irish Revolution

imagesJust in case there are any readers in Christchurch, New Zealand or any readers who know anyone in Christchurch, New Zealand, you might be interested in this talk on Thursday, September 5:  http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/irish-night-at-the-canterbury-wea-constance-markievicz-and-the-irish-revolution/

The talk is likely to end up in two parts, with the second part on Thursday, September 19.  Further talks will be on Padraic Pearse and also James Connolly; followed by some film screenings – for instance, “Off Our Knees”, made by Bernadette (Devlin) McAliskey in 1988, on the previous 20 years of struggle; plus a talk on the 1981 hunger strike and a talk on 1913 in Ireland and New Zealand.  (During the Great Dublin Lockout, NZ also saw its largest-ever industrial dispute in terms of the numbers of workers involved, with many of the activists being influenced by the same ideas as Larkin and Connolly.)

David Rovics prevented from entering New Zealand

images3US radical singer-songwriter David Rovics performs a number of songs about Ireland, as well as Palestine and other causes.  Some readers of this blog may be familiar with him.  He’s just been prevented from entering New Zealand – stopped at Narita Airport (Tokyo) and asked to speak to New Zealand Immigration on the phone.  The immigration official told him she’d been looking at his blog!

While the NZ Musicians Union are trying to get him into the country, gigs in Christchurch (tonight) and Dunedin (tomorrow night) have had to be cancelled.

Anyway, readers here might be interested in the story: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/progressive-singer-songwriter-david-rovics-banned-by-new-zealand-immigration/

Revised date for Dublin Lockout event Down Under

Please note the revised date for the Dublin lockout event in Christchurch (New Zealand).  It is on March 23, not March 16 as was advertised on an earlier version of the poster below.

1913 Dublin Lockout. . . Down Under

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Ireland, Palestine: solidarity with the political prisoners

On Saturday, June 2, I gave a talk on the recent Palestinian hunger strike, the issues behind it and the Marian Price case at a public meeting organised by the Redline collective in New Zealand.  It can be read here.

Urgent need for a broad prisoner solidarity movement

The article below first appeared under the title “A Broad ‘Prisoner Solidarity Movement’?” over on The Pensive Quill, here.  I agree very strongly with the points made by the article’s author, who is an activist in the Prisoners Solidarity Group, Cork.  I also think that supporters of the struggle outside Ireland have an important role not only in drawing public attention in the countries we’re living in to the prisoners’ situation but also in pressing the various parties and organisations we support within Ireland to work for a united prisoners campaign:

by Johnny McGrath 

Is the time not ripe for a broad ‘Prisoner Solidarity Committee’ to be formed? Made up of representatives of all POW representative groups, IRPWA, Cogús, F+F Group, Cabhair, IRSP, Éirígi, as well as active groups and ex-POW groups, like Duleek Independent Republicans, PSG, Friends of Marian (Dublin), Teach na Fáilte etc (forgive me if I have left anyone out) and including someone from a neutral standpoint like Independent Workers Union (I.W.U.). There are at present pickets, protests, white line pickets, marches, car convoys happening in various parts of the country like Cork, Dublin, Duleek, Dundalk, Derry, Strabane, Belfast, Newry, Lurgan etc etc.

The lack of coordination and the variety of groups and organisations campaigning separately for the same issue can be offputting for those outside the world of Republicanism and on the left. A united broad campaign could generate a lot more support.

It has been said that the prisoners don’t have much support because the people don’t support the campaigns that some of the prisoners have been alleged to have been involved in. There have been political status struggles Read the rest of this entry

Hunger strike event, Christchurch, New Zealand

The 1981 Irish hunger strike and the conditions of political prisoners in Ireland today

In 1981 ten Irish republicans died on hunger strike to get back their political prisoner status.  As a result of their hunger strike much of what they demanded in terms of prison conditions was subsequently won.  Britain, however, continued to occupy part of Ireland.  In the 1990s the main opposition force to British rule, the Provos (Sinn Fein/IRA) were drawn into a ‘peace process’ and agreed to become part of the governing of the artificial ‘northern Ireland’ statelet.  Opposition to the betrayal of the struggle for complete freedom has been met with state repression and the conditions of prisoners in the northern statelet have been made much worse.

Come along to this meeting to commemorate the 1981 hunger strikes and hear about what is happening now.

 

Speakers:

Marla Hughes on the 1981 hunger strikes

Philip Ferguson on the situation now

 

7.30pm, Monday, Oct 3

WEA (Workers Education Assn)

59 Gloucester St

Christchurch

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