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Public Meeting on ‘Radical Politics of The Late 1960s-70s’ September 12th in The Cobblestone July 30, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in 1970s), Irish History, The Left.

Many tanks to the sender who notes…

Following the contributions of each of the speakers, there will be a Q&A session. A number of Saor Eire veterans will be in attendance and hopefully will take part in the discussion. These include Frank Keane -Des Keane and Liam Sutcliffe.

The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer -BBC4 Documentary October 25, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in 1970s), Music.
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Some of the blurb about the Documentary from the BBC site

In 1978 the Undertones released Teenage Kicks, one of the most perfect and enduring pop records of all time – an adolescent anthem that spoke to teenagers all over the globe. It was the first in a string of hits that created a timeless soundtrack to growing up, making the Undertones one of punk rock’s most prolific and popular bands.
Unlike the anarchic ragings of the Sex Pistols or the overt politics of the Clash, the Undertones sang of mummy’s boys, girls – or the lack of them – and their irritating cousin Kevin. But their gems of pop music were revolutionary nonetheless – startlingly positive protest songs that demanded a life more ordinary. Because The Undertones came from Derry, epicentre of the violent troubles that tore Northern Ireland apart during the 1970s.

Athlone AC Milan 1975 October 23, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in 1970s).

A lovely bit of film describing the nil all draw between  A.C. Milan and Athlone Town in the 1975 EUFA cup… and John Minnocks penalty miss.

Athlone lost the return leg 3 nil.

A great article on it from “A History of Athlone Town FC”

picture via another great article on the game here


Muhammad Ali vs. Al “Blue” Lewis in Croke Park July 1972 September 13, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in 1970s).

The CLR wouldn’t be known for its boxing coverage, however I found this on Youtube and given the venue and the man involved thought it worth posting.

Left Archive: Socialism and Democracy: Paddy Carmody, Irish Marxist Society [split from CPOI], c.1977 August 6, 2012

Posted by WorldbyStorm in 1970s), Irish Left Online Document Archive.

To download the above file please click on the link: Irish Marxist Society

This document was issued by the Irish Marxist Society. The IMS – which split from the Communist Party of Ireland in 1976, was eurocommunist in orientation, strongly pro-feminist and antagonistic to the two nations theory. Its members ultimately joined the Labour Party. Obviously any further information on the IMS would be very gratefully received by the Archive.

This document is 12 pages long, A5 in format and consists of an essay on the issues of Socialism and Democracy. In the Introduction it notes that:

The confusion on the question of freedom and democracy largely arise because the societies in which socialist revolutions have won have been semi-feudal and the carry overs from pre-Revolutionary societies have become identified with Socialism. Lenin and the leadership of the 1917 revolution tried to transcend the limitations of the society in which they operated. Marx had pointed had made his own history, not in circumstances chosen by himself [sic].

It takes a strongly anti-Stalinist line;

Stalin, instead of fighting against the authoritarian legacy of Tsarism, used it to crush all opposition. The ambiguous attitude of the Communist movement, up to recently, to the question of freedom stems from this period. The varieties of distortions of Marxism which are at present operating on the left in ireland, whether Stalinist, Trotskyist or Maoist, all have in common a complete divorcement from Irish society and Irish history.


This explains their weakness in the face of the general attack from the right. Its difficult effectively to defend civil liberties when the alternative society you propose would deny them also.

Interestingly it is strongly supportive of the United Irishmen.

The United Irishmen were a profoundly democratic movement. James Connolly in his ‘Labour in Irish History’ drew attention to the almost socialistic ideas which some of its leaders expressed. In the crucial of a double oppression the hammer of the future was forged.

Under various headings, ‘Stalinism’, ‘Connolly’, ‘Democracy in Ireland’ and ‘Democracy and the North’ aspects of socialism and democracy are teased out. In the latter it is supportive of the S.D.L.P. ‘its present policy, no matter what disagreements socialists might have with the views of some of its leaders, is the only feasible policy if sectarianism in NI is to be defeated’. It is harshly critical of P.D. and ‘the various forms of Trotksyite organisations… [from whom] comes the cry that a socialist must never compromise with anybody’. And it says that ‘the fact that Unionism keeps splitting and yet is still able to maintain its hold over the majority in the North has been contributed to by the exclusivist policies of the left including Official Sinn Féin’.

Interestingly it argues that ‘united movements do not have to be continually thinking of the time when they will break up… this conception has been particularly well developed in both theory and practice by the Italian Communist Party and by the Socialist-Communist alliance in France. Their conception is of buiidling a socialism in which all sections of the population, apart from the monopolies, would participate. This perspective is based on the fact that the advanced capitalist countries have already been through a capitalist and democratic revolution and that circumstances are vastly different from those prevailing in the feudal countries in which socialist revolutions have taken place’.

And it appears to seek cooperation with a very wide variety of forces.

In Ireland it is not just a question of cooperation with avowed socialists. The FF party, in its rank and file contains many of those who would be in Labour, Socialist or Communist Parties in Europe. There are also progressive forces within Fine Gael.

Carmody had an interesting political career. As a note at the end of the leaflet says, he was Secretary of the Rathfarnham Branch of the Labour Party from 1946-1948. He then was a founder member of the Irish Workers’ League and a member of its successor the IWP. A member of the National Executive of the Communist PArty of Irealnd and former editor of the Irish Socialist from 1961 to 1975. He wrote under the name A. Raferty a range of documents, including ‘Socialism and Social Ethics’, ‘The Fenians’ and ‘The Exploited Island’.

“Coming Out, Being Seen, Making History” July 31, 2012

Posted by Tomboktu in 1970s), Civil Rights, Film and Television, History, LGBT Rights.

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