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The “I remember” series of essays written by Bob Purdie 1940-2014.
In his last few years, Purdie a former member of the International Marxist Group wrote several autobiographical essays on his Facebook page, several essays deal with his days in the IMG in the 1960s-70s. In addition there are numerous essays on Irish politics in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. These essays deserve to be remembered and preserved.
The Irish Republican Marxist History Project have published Remembering the Official Republicans by Bob Purdie. (not included in the series of essays) and also uploaded a pdf with links to all 106 pieces by Bob Purdie.
Many thanks to Irish Republican Marxist History Project for sending this on…
The book launch of “From The GPO To The Winter Palace: How a Workers’ Revolution Was Lost & How a Workers’ Revolution Was Won” by Rayner O’Connor Lysaght Introduced by Joan Collins TD
A Rare photograph of Marxist and Saor Éire activist Máirín Keegan with Eamonn McCann during the interruption of the premiere of A State of Chassis at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre in 1970. June 6, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics, The Left.
A Rare photograph of Marxist and Saor Éire activist Máirín Keegan with Eamonn McCann during the interruption of the premiere of A State of Chassis at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre in 1970.
Liam Daltun: 50 years after the Easter Rising, a Socialist Republican’s “Reflections on the Easter jamboree May 31, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in The Left.
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The Irish Republican Marxist History Project has an article appeared in the London monthly of the Irish Workers’ Group, “Irish Militant”, in May 1966 reflecting on the Easter Rising.
It can be read here
Unrequited Love ……. February 22, 2016Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics, The Left.
The fourth Annual Frank Conroy Commemoration in Kildare December 13, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in History, Irish History, The Left.
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On Saturday 12th December 2015, a very interesting Frank Conroy Commemoration took place in The Liffey Studio , Newbridge. With the screening of The Republican Congress Presented by Donal Fallon and Directed by Donal Higgins . The documentary tells the story of the political organisation that was founded in 1934 by Left-wing Republicans Frank Ryan, George Gilmore and Peadar O’Donnell.
Donal Higgins said” I was attracted to the story of the Republican Congress as it seems to me to be a fairly
overlooked part of our history. In fairness, the Congress only lasted two years, so it’s not surprising that they’ve
been overlooked. But these were the people who went to Spain to defend Republican values at a time when the
whole country was supporting Franco. I also think that the Congress has some resonances for society today”.
Paul McCormack sang “Men and women heard the call and went to fight for good and all and in the ranks there standing tall a young man named Frank Conroy”. As he entertained the crowd including councillor Reada Cronin, at the Frank Conroy commemoration who died in 1936 fighting with the International Brigade.
Many thanks to the person who forwarded this.
IRSP loses members December 1st 1975 December 1, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in The Left.
Interesting little piece from the RTE Archives this morning which carries an interview with Seamus Costello
20 members of the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) resigned on 1 December 1975. Two days earlier, 11 members of its National Executive had walked out of an Ard Comhairle in a dispute over control of the INLA. These included Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, who had helped found the party the previous year with chairman Seamus Costello, and meant that the presence of the IRSP in Northern Ireland was substantially weakened.
Republican Congress Directed by Donal Higgins, will be screened at the 2015 Frank Conroy Commemoration November 17, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in Culture, The Left.
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In honor of Andrew, and The Devil. With a special and very rare tip of the hat to Mark P for inspiration.
“It’s like it’s forever still the 1980s in their heads. Turn up the Red Army Choir and watch the bombs drop”
[As a side note, the usual TWIMBLT will still go up, but I just couldn’t let this opportunity pass]
Még tréfából is baszd még oroszországot
‘Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit’ September 16, 2015Posted by irishelectionliterature in The Left.
The nub of the statement
PBP and the AAA have notified the Registrar of Political Parties to formally register ‘Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit’ to contest the General Election with the intention of getting enough TDs elected to be an official Dail group/party in its own right. The Registrar has accepted our proposal for a merged Dail party and it is expected to take effect in three weeks after the period of public notification, at which time we will formally hold a press conference with further details.
Interesting to see how this plays out. Will there be others invited? will some already declared candidates withdraw?