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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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CABHAIR SWIM, 25TH DECEMBER 2017 : THE DAY ‘SUPERMAN’ FLEW IN…! As dark clouds rumbled, wondered I:How come this grumble from the sky?The dark clouds clashed and tore asunder,This very sky that we stood under!Cold and dark was that Christmas … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (20TH DECEMBER) 95 YEARS AGO : POACHER-TURNED-GAMEKEEPER SHOT DEAD BY IRA. ‘Seamus Dwyer was christened James and took the Irish form of his name in later life. He was the younger of twin boys ; he and … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (6TH DECEMBER) 96 YEARS AGO : A TERRIBLE CATASTROPHE IS BORN. One of the leaflets (pictured) distributed by Irish republicans in late 1921 to counteract anti-republican propaganda that the ‘Treaty (of Surrender)’ was “a stepping stone” to … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (29TH NOVEMBER) 97 YEARS AGO – FALSE HOPE AND AN ALIBI. Pictured, left – the remains of two Galway IRA Volunteers, Patrick and Harry Loughnane, who were tortured and killed by the Black and Tans in November … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (22ND NOVEMBER) 94 YEARS AGO : DEATH OF AN IRA HUNGER-STRIKER. Andrew Sullivan (aka Andy O’Sullivan, pictured, left), 5th Battalion, Cork 4th Brigade, was one of three IRA men to die on hunger-strike in 1923 – he … Continue reading

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