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Irish history , Irish politics – from today and yesterday ; all 32 Counties !

ON THIS DATE (21ST FEBRUARY) 42 YEARS AGO : IRISH REPUBLICAN ‘BURIED’ BY FREE STATERS UNDER SIX FEET OF CONCRETE. ‘Exhumed in glory a November moon was driftingAnd freedom’s light aglowWhen some IRA had gathered in a graveyard in Mayo.Those … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (7TH FEBRUARY) 78 YEARS AGO – WESTMINSTER EXECUTES TWO IRA VOLUNTEERS. James McCormack (aka ‘James Richards’) was born in Mullingar in County Westmeath in 1910, and he joined a unit of the IRA in Tullamore, County Offaly, … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (31ST JANUARY) 98 YEARS AGO : FIRST IRISH REPUBLICAN LORD MAYOR ELECTED. Tomás MacCurtain (pictured), was born on the 20th March 1884, and was murdered by British agents on the 20th March 1920, at 36 years of … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (24TH JANUARY) 156 YEARS AGO : DEATH OF A REBEL WHO FOUGHT FOR IRELAND AND GAVE SERVICE TO FRANCE. ‘Republished here is Some Notes of an Irish Exile of 1798: Being the Chapters from the Memoirs of … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (17TH JANUARY) 46 YEARS AGO – P.O.W. SWIM (WITH A DIFFERENCE!). 46 years ago on this date (17th January 1972), seven IRA prisoners escaped from an ‘escape proof’ British prison ship, which was anchored in Irish waters … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (10TH JANUARY) 37 YEARS AGO – SERIOUSLY ILL FEMALE REPUBLICAN POW “RELEASED ON LICENCE”. In October 1980, protesting POW’s in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh began a hunger strike for political status ; on the 1st December, … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (3RD JANUARY) 78 YEARS AGO : FREE STATE AGENTS TAKE PHYSICAL REVENGE ON SON OF REPUBLICAN LORD MAYOR. In Cork, in 1920, Irish republican Tomás MacCurtain was elected as ‘Lord Mayor’ of the city, just one of … Continue reading

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