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Any ideas about this poster? August 31, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Ireland, Irish Politics, The Left.

A poster that I was sent recently (many Thanks) that I have little or no idea about.
I’m not sure when it is from , the circumstances it refers to and if it was produced by the Dublin Council of Republican Congress, its hard to make out at the bottom of the poster.


1. Phil - August 31, 2012

November 2nd 1923 was a Friday, so that’s a start.


Tom Redmond - August 31, 2012

Phil ,I think its later. The clue is the republican Congress – 1934 perhaps. . The action seems directed aagainst the Blue Shirts – O Duffy’s mob. The Congress dispite its short lived existance did do a lot of on the ground work e.g. preventing
evictions in the slums , protecting left wing meetings, selling their paper. My olde fellow was very involved in these struggles. So I am inclined to believe the poster was from these hectic days.

By the way they always asked for “monster” participation !


WorldbyStorm - August 31, 2012

I think you’re right Tom. Would the term ‘fascist’ have any historical meaning in ’23? Odd about the ‘recruitment to the Empire’ line.


2. Brian Hanley - August 31, 2012

It’s from November 1934, a Republican Congress protest at a rally addressed by Eoin O’Duffy in the Mansion House. The Blueshirts had actually split by this stage so it was actually a ‘Fine-Gael’ splinter event! Congress propaganda against the Blueshirts tended to use both anti-fascist and Civil War motifs; so they would have accused the Blueshirts of being pro-British or pro-Empire. (In actual fact the Blueshirts tended to be the most nationalist/Michael Collins types within Fine Gael and had plenty of 1916-21 veterans among their officers). Anyway Frank Ryan and Peadar O’Donnell spoke at this I think.


3. Roasted Snow - August 31, 2012

I wonder what the reference ‘remember the 77’ alludes to? Civil War fatalities?


eamonncork - August 31, 2012

77 was the number of Republican prisoners executed by the government during the Civil War.


Jim Monaghan - August 31, 2012

One of whom was a son of government minister McNeill and uncle of Michael McDowell.


EamonnCork - August 31, 2012

I’m not sure if Brian McNeill counts as one of the 77. I think the 77 figure refers to official executions. McNeill, and five comrades, were killed in suspicious circumstances in Sligo (probably shot after surrendering) and probably belong to the list of people who were unofficially executed.
Collectively they’re known as Sligo’s Noble Six. I remember there being a photo of them in the pub across from The Showgrounds.
Interestingly enough, despite his anti-republicanism McDowell does like to invoke the McNeill connection as though it gives him some kind of aristocratic lineage within the state. He’s not the only that does this kind of thing of course.


Dr.Nightdub - August 31, 2012

I saw a reference somewhere recently to a new documentary being made about those Sligo killings, nearly sure it’s due to be broadcast on 20th Sept or thereabouts. McDowell is in it.


4. From November 1934, poster advertising a Republican Congress protest at a rally addressed by Eoin O’Duffy in the Mansion House « Irish Election Literature - August 31, 2012

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5. irishelectionliterature - August 31, 2012

Thanks a million for all the above info.


6. levdavidovic - August 31, 2012

Re ‘the 77′: remember hearing that every time Richard Mulcahy, Army Chief of Staff during Civil War, got to his feet in the Dáil the FFers whispered ’77, 77…’. It was also a reason why he didn’t get to be Taoiseach in 1948.


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