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Left Archive: An t-Oglach, the Official Organ of the Irish Volunteers, October 21st 1921 February 6, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.


To download the above please click on the following link. An-t-oglach-1921

Please click here to go the Left Archive.

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

This document from 1921 pushes the timeline of the Archive back to the 1920s, and arguably sits on the edge of what can be considered ‘left-wing’. However as the official publication of the Irish Volunteers at that time it is not inappropriate given the foundational aspect of that organisation to subsequent formations – there are An T-Oglach’s from Sinn Féin in the 1960s already in the Archive. And it gives us an opportunity to call for documents from earlier in the twentieth century.

In terms of contents it is interesting that the document focuses on ‘Ireland and the Irish’.

The front page carries an account of language usage in the Irish Republican Army whereby ‘in districts which are purely Irish-speaking officers have insisted on the command’s being given in English and most of the instruction has been given in the official language of the enemy’. It notes calls for G.H.Q. to issue an order that all training in the Irish-speaking districts should be conducted entirely in Irish. During the period of intensive guerrilla warfare and Flying Columns such an order would be difficult to be carry into effect and even at the present time when military training is our chief activity certain practical difficulties are liable to arise in carrying out such an order everywhere’.

Interesting it also notes:

Volunteers should not allow their attention to be distracted or their energies to be slackened by the foolish rumours of happenings in London.

Other articles include a piece on using cover during military engagements, ‘The Revolver’ and ‘Night Training’. There’s also discussion of ‘The Indian Situation’ and the prospect of troops being taken from there to impose order in Ireland.


1. EWI - February 6, 2017

Amusingly enough, ‘An t-Óglach (new series’, as issued by the Free Staters not months later, would walk back so many of the positions of its predecessor (‘war conditions’ were different, y’see). As well as concerning itself with trying to deny and obfuscate press reports of National Army atrocities such as machine-gunning prisoners trapped on beaches etc.


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