Category Archives: Republicanism post-1900
“Writing about the great events in Ireland (1913 Lockout-1916 Rising) Lenin described the Citizens Army as ‘the first Red Army in the World’ and remarked that the Irish workers had set an example for workers everywhere. Within a little more than a year of the events of the 1916 Rising a ‘similar body of armed men’ in Russia shook the world. Russian workers carrying rifles and wearing scarlet armbands appeared on the streets of St Petersburg and Moscow. Under the leadership of Lenin and Trotsky the insurrectionary seizure of power was organised which led to the founding of the first Workers State. – Liam Daltun, The Irish Militant, May 1966.
Liam Daltun was born in February 1936 in Westmeath and moved with his family to Ballymun, Dublin in the 1950s. His first employment, for about two years, was in Gael Linn, an organisation founded to foster the Irish language. He spoke Irish with a perfection rarely found outside of the Gaaeltacht. Dalton was a particularly gifted linguist, as he also spoke French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.
His association with radicalism went back to his youth when, at 18 years of age, he joined the IRA in 1954. He later left the IRA and operated with the breakaway Joe Christle group (Saor Uladh) during the 1950s republican Border Campaign. The Christle group, including Dalton, blew up nine customs posts along the border in 1956. Around this time he was arrested in Dublin; his trial was held the next day. At a time when Irish republicans refused to recognise the authority of the courts, he Read the rest of this entry
Main speaker: Noel Hughes, local historian
14:00 @ The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin, 15/03/2014
This event is free to the public. Bígí Linn.
The following interview with Frank Keane was carried out by Mick Healy. Frank was in Sinn Fein in the 1950s and 1960s; a member of the IRA in the early 1960s, including being O/C of the Dublin brigade; subsequently a member of the Irish Workers Group in London (1965-67) and then a founder-member of the Marxist-republican organisation Saor Eire. The interview appears on the Irish Republican Marxist History Project, along with video interviews Mick is currently building up.
James Connolly’s role in Irish history is well known and celebrated. However, Connolly also played a prominent part in the ‘New Union’, independent labour and socialist movements in Edinburgh. Allan Armstrong has written the first book looking at Connolly’s years in Edinburgh.
Friday, November 29th, 7.00 pm
Word Power Bookshop
43-5 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh