Category Archives: Republicanism post-1900

Book launch of Mick Ryan’s ‘My Life in the IRA’

Video on the book launch; the book I think concentrates on the years of the Border Campaign (Operation Harvest):

 

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1995 PhD thesis (USA) on the IRA’s WW2 “England Campaign”

I got this from a friend in Belfast; it’s the list of details of a PhD thesis on the IRA’s bombing campaign in England during WW2 (S-Plan).

It can be difficult pdfing stuff, with letters running together. Thus, in the table of contents, number II currently reads “To blow and bum England from her moorings” – this would suggest a rather different kind of IRA and rather different set of campaign activities! It should actually read “To blow and burn England from her moorings”!

“TO BLOW AND BURN ENGLAND FROM HER MOORINGS”: THE IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY AND TH ENGLISH BOMBING CAMPAIGN OF 1939

DISSERTATION
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky

By Jane C. Woods
Lexington, Kentucky
Director: Thomas Cogswell, Professor of History
Lexington, Kentucky
1995

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents…………………………….. iii
Table of Charts………………………………… v
Table of Illustrations…………………………. vi
Notes on Sources……………………………….. 1
Introduction …………………………………. 7

I. “Direct Action”: 16 January – 28 February . . . . 32
Chapter 1. “Zero Hour” …………………… 34
Chapter 2. Minimal Force …………………. 51
Chapter 3. The Legalities…………………. 93

II. “To Blow and B u m England from her moorings”: 1 March – 28 Jul y ……124
Chapter 4. The Second Phase………………. 128
i. “The I.R.A. meant business” ………. 128
ii. “We have them on the run ” ………….. 168
Chapter 5. A Throughly Unpleasant Duty . . . . 191
i. Diligence Without Assistance ……… 191
ii. Situation Critical ……………….. 204
Chapter 6. “The Courts are making a hash of things”….. 226

III. “Drastic Demands” ………………………. 268
Chapter 7. The Government1s Solution……….. 268
i. The Committee for Home Affairs………. 274
ii. First and Second Readings – Commons . . 292
iii. “No more than half a policy”………… 307
iv. Committee of the Whole House and Third Reading….310
v. The Lords …………………………. 321
vi. The Commons – Final Reading and Passage…………..327

IV. “Each Irishman knows how to die”: 29 July – 1 December…..339
Chapter 8. “Hitler will finish the job you’ve started”……………………..339
i. “I never thought . . . that I would be going back like this”…………. 339\
ii. “We have the bombs and we know where to plant them” ………..359
iii.”There was a loud boom ” ……………..371
iv. “Masters in our own house”………….. 387
v. “The great December cartridge hunt” . . 408
Chapter 9. “A dangerous game we are in” . . . . 418
i. “It is your job to find out ” ………… 418
ii. “Something of importance was going to happen”: The Trial of the Coventry Conspirators ..429

Conclusion……………………………………. 464
Epilogue……………………………………… 473
Bibliography ……………………………….. 480
Vita …………………………………………. 488

95th anniversary of execution of Rory O’Connor, Joe McKelvey, Dick Barrett and Liam Mellows

December 8 marked the 95th anniversary of the execution without trial of left-republicans Liam Mellows (1895-1922), Rory O’Connor (1883-1922), Joe McKelvey (1898-1922) and Dick Barrett (1889-1922).  The four had been taken prisoner after the surrender of the anti-Treaty forces in the Four Courts in Dublin on June 30.

In the ten months of the civil war the Free State would murder in cold blood more republicans than the British had in the almost three years of the war for independence (aka the Tan War).

 

Further reading (three chapters from my old MA thesis, written in 1995 and the first few months of 1996):

From Truce to Treaty: the pan-nationalist front divides

Civil war, counter-revolution and the consolidation of the Free State

Winners and Losers in an Unfree State

 

Liam Sutcliffe commemoration

On Sunday (December 3) about 100 people attended a special political commemoration for veteran socialist-republican Liam Sutcliffe, who died on Friday, November 3 and whose funeral took place in Dublin on Tuesday, November 7.

See: Liam Sutcliffe: a revolutionary life

and Filmed Interview with Liam Sutcliffe

Tracing Frank Conroy

by Mick Healy

On 13 December 1936 Frank Conroy, a member of the Republican Congress and the Communist Party of Ireland, sailed on the Holyhead ferry, alongside Frank Ryan, determined to defend the Spanish Republic against the fascist rebellion.

This Spanish Civil War hero died on 28 December 1936 fighting with the 15th International Brigade.

With no clue to when or where Frank Conroy was born or any trace of his family, and with only a few snippets of information about his involvement in the Spanish Civil War, the Frank Conroy Commemoration Committee organised its first event on 16 December 2012 at the Republican Memorial in Kildare.

Historian James Durney, who attended this first commemoration, said that, while all historical references to Conroy mention that he was from Kildare, it’s not clear if he was from the Read the rest of this entry

Street Stories Festival, Smithfield, Dublin, Fri, Dec 1 – Sun, Dec 3

Liam Sutcliffe commemoration, Dublin, Sunday, Dec 3

 

 

Friends and comrades of Liam Sutcliffe have organised a commemoration to mark Liam’s passing and his contribution to Irish national liberation and socialism.

The commemoration will be starting at St Patrick’s Cathedral at 1pm on Sunday 3rd December and marching to Mount Jerome Cemetery.

This is an independent commemoration, so please no party political material, but all Republicans welcome.

The Liam Sutcliffe Commemoration Committee has set up a facebook page, here.

Repose and funeral details for Liam Sutcliffe

Liam by The Spire of Dublin, the monument which eventually replaced Nelson’s Pillar. Photo: Luke Fallon

 

Reposing at the Fanagan Funeral Home, Aungier Street, Dublin from 5pm until 7.30pm, Tuesday, 7th November, with family in attendance.

Requiem Mass at 11.30am on Wednesday, 8th November, in Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar Street (Aungier Street), Dublin.

Funeral thereafter to Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6W.

 

Liam Sutcliffe: a revolutionary life

Liam with other Saor Eire activists

by Mick Healy

Socialist-republican and former Saor Éire activist Liam Sutcliffe passed away suddenly at his home in Greenhills, Dublin on Friday 3rd November, 2017.  His wife Bernadette, to whom he was married for over 60 years, died in February 2016.

Liam came from an historic Dublin working class area, The Liberties, and was recruited into the Irish Republican Army along with Tomás Mac Giolla in 1954. Within a few months he was operating as an IRA agent in Gough barracks in Armagh, passing important information to the Republican Movement.

This was part of the preparations for Read the rest of this entry

The First West Cork History Festival and West Cork’s War of Independence: sectarianism, the Kilmichael Ambush, Tom Barry and Peter Hart

This is a great little 24-page pamphlet, edited by the redoubtable Jack Lane and published by the also redoubtable Aubane Historical Society.

It takes up the ongoing anti-IRA, anti-republican campaign being waged by supporters of the late Peter Hart, a Canadian historian who went to great (and questionable) lengths to present the west Cork IRA as being guilty of “ethnic cleansing” and sectarianism against local Protestants in the war of independence.  Hart also made out that the IRA gunned down Crown Forces who had already surrendered at Kilmichael, in the famous ambush led by legendary IRA figure Tom Barry.

The Festival organisers shied away from debating this stuff, and it was left to the Aubane Historical Society to challenge the anti-republican propaganda masquerading as objective history.

Below is a pdf of the pamphlet.  At the same time, please consider making a donation to the Aubane Historical Society and helping them with their very valuable work.

Contact Jack: jacklaneaubane@hotmail.com
Contact their book sales: https://www.atholbooks-sales.org

PAMPHLET