‘Saoirse – Irish Freedom is the voice of the Irish Republican Movement. The monthly newspaper of Republican Sinn Féin, it takes its name from Irish Freedom – Saoirse, a Fenian paper which first appeared in November 1910 and continued as a monthly publication until December 1914 when it was suppressed by the British authorities. Among the contributors to that paper were Bulmer Hobson, PS Hegerty, Terence McSwiney, Pádraig Pearse, Ernest Blythe, Piaras Beaslaí, Pat Devlin, Fred Cogley, JW Good and Roger Casement.
Irish Republicans have always attempted to produce a newspaper, as a means of speaking to the people. As revolutionaries we have had to rely on our own resources to counter-act the status quo message promoted by the Establishment media…’
(from here.)

The June 2020 issue of this Irish republican newspaper can be downloaded here for €1.50 – the newspaper, and the organisation which produces it, are (obviously!) not State-funded and your custom would be greatly appreciated. Thank You – GRMA!


“Our opinion of people depends less upon what we see in them than upon what they make us see in ourselves…” – Elizabeth Bellenden Clarke (aka ‘Sarah Grand’, pictured), who was born in County Down, Ireland, on this date, in 1854 ;

‘Sarah Grand was born Frances Elizabeth Bellenden Clarke in Donaghadee, County Down, on this day in 1854. She was a feminist writer and a major character in the ‘New Woman’ movement in the late 19th century, when women were beginning to have careers that could offer them financial independence from a man. Sarah Grand was the pen-name she adopted for her work. In 1868 she was expelled from her school for actively protesting against the Contagious Diseases Act, which solely blamed prostitutes for the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

She married an army surgeon and through his work she gained an extensive understanding of the anatomy (and), drawing on her own experiences in that work, became a leading female writer. She separated from her husband after they became estranged. She trusted her writing to support her and moved to London (where) her most notable works were ‘The Heavenly Twins’ and ‘Babs the Impossible’. She wasn’t always praised for her work, but she did have a following, and her publications always attracted attention and created debate. One of her most noted fans was fellow Irish writer George Bernard Shaw…’ (from here.)

‘Sarah’ entered formal education at 14 years young when the family moved to Yorkshire, in England, and she attended ‘finishing school’ in Holland Park. Her (unhappy) marriage to an army surgeon ended in 1890 when she left him and their son to pursue a writing career in London and anonymously published ‘Ideala: a Study from Life’ at her own expense but it wasn’t until she wrote ‘The Heavenly Twins’ that she found success.

Influenced by Josephine Butler’s campaign against the ‘Contagious Diseases Act’, the novel explored men passing on syphilis to their families and the restricted lives of women. Published under the pseudonym ‘Sarah Grand’, it became a best seller ; she published and lectured on women’s suffrage and became president of the ‘Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies’ in Tunbridge Wells, in Kent, England.

Frances Elizabeth Bellenden Clarke (‘Sarah Grand’) died at 89 years of age on the 12th May, 1943, in Wiltshire, in England.


From ‘The United Irishman’ newspaper, June, 1955.

Death of Mrs. Nellie Hoyne Murray…

Upon Nellie’s release from Kilmainham Jail in 1923, her health became impaired, hence her journey to California. She was the wife of George Murray, and for 20 years she was the Secretary of the ‘Irish Republican Club’ ; she leaves her husband and a daughter, Mrs Chris Flanagan. Requiem High Mass was offered by Father John Acton and the pastor, Msgr. Martin McNicholas, preached the sermon.

The flag bearers were Richard Phelan and Thomas Ward for the American and Irish flags, and the pallbearers were Bill Sullivan, Dr. J.O. Murrin, Tommy White, Tom Dwyer, John J. O’Reilly and Denis Shea. The casket was draped in the Tricolour and, at the graveside, in Calvary Cemetery, Thomas White, President of the ‘Peter Murray Irish Republican Club’, gave a tribute on behalf of the members of that organisation.

Bill Hayden of Kilkenny Dies in New York ;

We regret to announce the death in New York on May 7th of Bill Hayden, an uncompromising Irish republican who served two terms in Kilkenny Jail under the Black and Tans and Free State forces.

His untimely passing occurred following a car accident and he is mourned by many Irish in this city including his friends and comrades of the GAA and the Clan na Gael. Patrick O’Mahoney of the Clan na Gael and John (‘Kerry’) O’Donnell, President, New York GAA, paid last tributes to the dead Irish republican. Mr. O’Mahoney said – “Your comrades in Ireland’s struggle will remember you all their lives as well as your friends who play the games of the Gael.

I regret you cannot sleep in your native soil in some quiet churchyard, but such is denied you, Bill, because native traitor and foreign tyrant have, through all the years, made sure the youth of Ireland should seek the emigrant ship and eventually fill a grave far from home.”

(END of ‘American Items Of Interest’. NEXT – ‘The Cult Of The False Prophets’, from the same source.)


The heavy-handed official response to a number of Irish publications and websites has drawn attention to this country’s growing satirical network. Which can only be a good thing. By Noel Baker.

From ‘Magill’ magazine, July 2002.

With the ongoing situation in the North there is fertile ground for satire, but ‘Newt’ has no truck with taking a middle ground or ostensibly ‘objective’ position just for the sake of it ; “The real problem is balance”,, he says, “the idea that for every poke at ‘them’ you need to take a poke at ‘us’, with the writer assumed ‘neutral’. I made it clear from day one that I wouldn’t do this – I declared myself a unionist, and I just call it like I see it. Eight years into the ceasefire it shouldn’t still be considered ‘biased’ to take a mainstream political position – that’s what neutralises satire, and it’s also an attitude that still keeps most people away from politics in general.”
He adds – “Pure negativity would just make me another part of the problem. I know that even in the case of preaching to the converted, a lot of the ‘Portadown News’ readers never realised there were other people about who shared their attitude, so even that’s a good thing.”

Those behind the monthly ‘Evil Gerald’ website (sample headlines – ‘Regularities Discovered in Fianna Fail Accounts’ and, during the foot-and-mouth crisis, ‘Last Remaining Irish Cow Located And Slaughtered’) are in accord, and don’t believe that a push towards a more obviously mainstream publication would benefit them.

First established in UCD (‘Ireland’s Worst College’, according to ‘The Slate’), ‘Evil Gerald’ was launched on the web some 18 months ago. Up to 15 people are now involved, with a nucleus of six or seven writers at the helm and, according to those who run it, between the months of November and March last it received 1.5 million hits – half of those from America. “The beauty of a website is that it’s there, and it’s always there,” opines ‘Alan’ (no second names here, either) of ‘Evil Gerald’… (MORE LATER.)


From ‘The United Irishman’ newspaper, November 1954.

Seán McBride took the same political line as Costello and de Valera – ignored the fact that there is a British Army of Occupation enforcing the division conquest of our country, scathingly referring to the recent republican actions in the North as “intrusions on partition” !

For refusing to fall into line with the Leinster House policy of ignoring the facts, Mr Liam Kelly calls the republican methods “illogical and unreasonable.” Little wonder that ‘The Dublin Evening Mail’ newspaper summed-up all their attitudes as “an historic fusion”, for this indeed is what it was. The shadowy differences between the political parties, north and south, are now seen to fade away in the light of realities.

So much so that they would now appear to have formed an alliance to preserve the status quo and the basis of this alliance is misrepresentation. They all, as one, have misrepresented the republican policy by trying to insinuate that republicans wish to start a civil war rather than the obvious simple purpose – to get the English invader out!


Thanks for reading – Sharon and the ‘1169’ team. Stay safe, and ‘play’ safe. Or at least don’t be as reckless as the old you. Or, if you must be, don’t get caught. But if you do get caught, leave our name out of it (especially if we were out partying with ya, but done a bunk out the side door before the Covid Cops arrived)…! And if you are ‘persuaded’ (!) to mention our name, don’t do it as a bail reference, ’cause the Judge’ll increase yer sentence for givin’ him bogey info…and then, when ya eventually get out, you’ll be ‘judged’ again – for rattin’ on us…

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A mother of three (and a Granny!) and a political activist , living in Dublin , Ireland.
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