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Saor Eire raid on the Hibernian Bank, Droichead Nua (Newbridge) 1968 April 28, 2016

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.

A piece from The Irish Republican & Marxist History Project

After a raid on the National Bank in Kells, Co, Meath in 1969, Saor Eire issued their first official statement to the press claiming responsibility for the robbery and describing themselves as the Saor Eire Action Group. They signed the statement Michael Price, using the name of the 1930’s Socialist Republican leader and claiming that the money would be used to finance a movement which would strive for a Workers’ Republic……

You can read the full piece here


1. Seán Maguire - May 9, 2016

The comrades of the Irish Republican & Marxist History Project were kind enough to reference the Hungry Brigade’s account of the Newbridge raid. Our story goes into further detail and raises matters beyond what they dealt with in their account.

In particular that operation did not go down too well with the IRA as the gardai, in the hunt for the raiders, swarmed all over the northern end of the Wicklow mountains.

What Ructions and his crew were unaware of in all this was that during this time Cathal Goulding was organising a manoeuvre which would include every member of the Dublin Brigade drilling in the mountains – the whole business to be filmed for French television and to be shown all over Europe.

It was just as Goulding was shouting “make sure they see O’Leary with the fucking Bren gun,” when he saw Seamus Costello coming across the heather with the TV crew that Dunne shouted “Wrozzers!!!!” in his deep Dublin accent. Pandemonium ensued. The TV crew was reduced to a very brief, jittery film of IRA men bounding over the heather and bracken like wild deer and Goulding swore that he’d have Ruction’s guts for garters. Luckily all the IRA men evaded capture and got back to their base in Lacken while Ructions and his crew abandoned the car in theFeatherbed’s bog hole and then at nightfall made their way over the mountains to their base in Glenmalure.

I hope your readers are aware that all this is covered in our book, Irregulars, which is available free as a pdf download at http://hungrybrigade.com.

We hope to be releasing a bit of a sequel in the not-too-distant future.

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irishrepublicanmarxisthistoryproject - May 10, 2016

The Irish Republican & Marxist History Project would like to thank Sean for the above comment regarding the Newbridge raid in 1968. In addition this further information helps to fill in the blanks in the important history of Saor Eire and the Irish left Republicans from the 1960s-70s.

The Irregulars online book by The Hungry Brigade is a fantastic read and should be read by all.


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