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Jim Lane Socialist Republican Part 3 August 2, 2015

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Many thanks to the The Irish Republican Marxist History Project for sending this on.

Further information on Republican and Socialist Republican development in the 1950′ and 60’s. This is the story of Socialist Jim Lane who joined the IRA in 1954 he subsequently participated in Operation Harvest in 1956. He was a leading figure in the Irish Revolutionary Forces throughout the 1960s, this Cork-based group produced an influential publication called An Phoblacht. In addition the Irish Revolutionary Forces established Saor Éire (Cork) in 1968 and produced a paper called People’s Voice.

Saor Eire (Cork) Joined the Irish Communist Organisation, eleven months later they resigned. Those who left, of which Lane was one, then formed the Cork Communist Organisation, short time later they formed The Cork Workers Club who published a series of historical reprints of socialist classics.

Part One of the series

Part Two of the series

Alan MacSimóin Interview Part 2 February 22, 2015

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Via The Irish Republican & Marxist History Project
Part 1 of the interview

This is the story of Alan MacSimoin a long-time Anarchist activist who joined as a young man the Official Republican Movement (Sinn Fein). MacSimoin was central in the Murray Defence Committee in 1976-77 to stop the state execution of Anarchists Noel and Marie Murray for the killing of a member of the police. He was a founder member of the Workers Solidarity Movement in 1984.

Given over 40 years of political activism he gives his analysis on the current crisis within capitalism, also the lack of a response to the Palestinian struggle from western governments. Alan is currently involved with the Stoneybatter and Smithfield Peoples History Project and the Stoneybatter Against The Water Tax campaign

Socialist Republican Richard Behal (Part Two) February 18, 2015

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Via Irish Republican Marxist History Project

This is part two of the story of Irish Republican Richard Behal who as a young man joined the Irish Republican Army in Kilkenny he subsequently participated in Operation Harvest . (Otherwise known as the 1956-62 Border Campaign)

In 1965, one years before the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter rising, Richard was involved in an operation to attack the British naval boat HMS Brave Border with an anti-tank weapon in Waterford . The attack caused millions of pounds of damage to the boat.

In addition, he was arrested and remanded to Limerick prison from where he made a daring escape using a hack-saw to cut through the iron bars of the cell window.

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Socialist Republican Richard Behal (Part One) November 14, 2014

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The The Irish Republican & Marxist History Project has another of it’s series of video interviews up. This time with Richard Behal

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Alan MacSimóin Interview October 27, 2014

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Via The Irish Republican & Marxist History Project

Alan MacSimoin a long-time Anarchist activist and founder member of Workers Solidarity Movement.

He joined as a young man the Official Republican Movement (Sinn Fein) .

Within a short time he was involved with the Irish Anti Apartheid Movement’s boycott of South African goods in Ireland. He was also active with the Irish Anti Nuclear Movement that stopped the building of five nuclear power stations around the coast of Ireland in the 1970s.

Alan was central in the Murray Defence Committee in 1976-77 to stop the state execution of Anarchists Noel and Marie Murray for the killing of a member of the police.

Paul McCormack — Radical Singer Songwriter May 9, 2014

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via The Irish Republican & Marxist History Project

This is the Story of Droichead Nua (Newbridge ) native Paul McCormack, a singer songwriter who first became interested in Folk and Irish music in the 1960s.

McCormack ran a folk club with his friend Nicky Leahy called The Rakes of Kildare,the club ran for about three years in the 1970s.
Everyone who is famous today in Irish Folk music played the club. Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Luka Bloom, Mary Black, Paul Brady, Andy Irvine and Liam O’Flynn.

One More Round 2012 is the debut album from Paul McCormack a foreshadow of the future path of his career.

Republican Liam Sutcliffe (Part Two) February 16, 2014

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Via Irish Republican Marxist History Project

Part one was previously posted here

Republican Liam Sutcliffe (Part two)

Liam Sutcliffe gives his own account of the people who were branded terrorists in their youth and what it was like to live through those turbulent times.

In 1966 on the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter rising Sutcliffe was involved in an operation to blow up Nelson’s Pillar in O’Connell Street Dublin.

He was also instrumental in organising the funeral of Saor Eire member Liam Walsh, who in 1970 was killed in a premature explosion at the rear of McKee army base in Dublin.

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Interview with Terry Moore January 16, 2014

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Via The Irish Republican & Marxist History Project an interview with long time activist Terry Moore (Sister of Christy Moore, Lukka Bloom ) who also stood for Sinn Fein in Leinster in the 1989 European Elections polling over 2000 votes.

This is the Story of Droichead Nua (Newbridge ) native Terry Moore. Moore first became interested in the ideas of Marx while studying in Edinburgh in 1971.

She began working with the Irish Anti Nuclear Movement in the 1970s and Subsequently joined Revolutionary Struggle (Marxist Leninist group) that published an influential magazine entitled ‘The Ripening of Time’.

Terry Moore was active in the anti-H-Block movement in the in the 1980s as well as taking on the roll as the secretary of the Anti Extradition Committee. In addition she became a member of Sinn Fein’s Education Department working alongside Rose Dugdale and Jim Monaghan.

During the 1990s Moore became a community activist in Droichead Nua working on projects including the Bealtaine Arts Festival, Culture Factory and the Michael Garry House (for the homeless).

She is presently voluntary literacy tutor and secretary to JuneFest.

This is her story, in her own words.

Frank Keane Socialist Republican January 1, 2014

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This is the story of Socialist Revolutionary Frank Keane, who joined Sinn Fein in the 1950s. Within a few years he enlisted in the British Parachute Regiment to get basic military training. In 1963 Keane was appointed OC for the Dublin brigade of the IRA.

He emigrated to London in 1965 and associated with the Irish Workers Group. A Marxist political party established by Gerry Lawless.

Keane became an integral part of the Irish revolution when in 1969 he became a member of the organisation of Saor Eire. In 1970 he was acquitted for his alleged involvement in the Arran Quay bank raid in Dublin, when a garda was shot dead.

This is Frank Keane’s story, in his own words.

Interview with Jim Lane (Part Two) September 5, 2013

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Part one of the interview was Previously posted.

This second part of the interview includes reference to –

The Desmond Swanton Affair (1963) in Cork. (covered here on the CLR recently)

Opposition by the IRF / “An Phoblacht” / “People’s Voice”, to the attempted take-over by the Moscow line Communist Parties in Ireland, of the Republican Movement.

The anti Vietnam War Campaign in Cork.

Events of 1969 which led to a split in the Republican Movement…..

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