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The French Revolution and the Irish Struggle, lecture by Seán Ó Brádaigh, Longford Branch, National Graves Association and RSF, 1989 November 9, 2020

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This short document printed by the Longford Branch of the National Graves Association reprints a lecture given by Seán Ó Brádaigh in Dublin on 21st January, 1989, to mark the 70th Anniversary of the first Dáil and explores links between ‘Irish and French Republicans – ‘Partners in Revolution’ 200 Years Ago’.

The last two pages of the document contains a short piece entitled ‘Start Talking About Irish Republicanism’ (STAIR) which argues that: ‘The present death, bloodshed and suffering being endured by the people of the six occupied counties can be trrced to the partition of our country by Britain’ and exhorts people to join STAIR which it describes as a ‘sub-committee of the Dublin Comhairle Ceantair, Sinn Féin Poblachtach’.

The conclusion is particularly notable:

As Irish Republicans we are all in the tradition of Tone and the United Irishmen. That tradition was born of an Irish separatism which was given a new direction and new lease of life by the inspiration of the events of 1789 in France. The generous ideas of the First French Republic born in blood 200 years ago, are part of an inheritance which has inspired very generation of Irish people since then and inspires us today.


We are children of Ireland, but we are also, as Irish Republicans ‘infants de la patria’ because the school of Irish Republicanism is a Franco-Irish school and we have all been there. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity are noble ideal which still inspire us and for which we still struggle, both North and South of the British-created border.

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