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ON THIS DATE (8TH JULY) 39 YEARS AGO : DEATH OF OUR 17TH HUNGER-STRIKER. ‘The fourth IRA Volunteer to join the (1981) hunger-strike for political status was Joe McDonnell, a thirty-year-old married man with two children, from the Lenadoon housing … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (1ST JULY) 153 YEARS AGO – DEATH OF ‘MEAGHER OF THE SWORD’. “Abhor the sword – stigmatize the sword? No, for in the passes of the Tyrol it cut to pieces the banner of the Bavarian, and, … Continue reading

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IN THIS MONTH (JUNE) 143 YEARS AGO : “YOU’LL NEVER SEE THE LIKES OF THEM AGAIN..” The graphic shows alleged members of the ‘Molly Maguires’ being led to their death. ‘On 21st June 1877, in the anthracite-mining county of Schuylkill, … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (17TH JUNE) 46 YEARS AGO : IRA BOMB WESTMINSTER. On Monday, 17th June 1974, the then IRA decided to make it’s presence felt, once again, in ‘the Belly of the Beast’ – a 20lb device exploded at … Continue reading

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‘SAOIRSE IRISH FREEDOM’ NEWSPAPER JUNE 2020… ‘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 … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (3RD JUNE) 46 YEARS AGO : FORCE-FED IRISH HUNGER-STRIKER DIES. Michael Gaughan (pictured), the eleventh Irish republican to die on hunger strike, was four months away from celebrating his 25th birthday. Immortalised in song by Seamus Robinson, … Continue reading

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ON THIS DATE (27TH MAY) 143 YEARS AGO : BIRTH OF A PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT MEMBER-IN-WAITING. ‘Francis Sheehy-Skeffington did not enter his wife Hanna’s details on the 1911 Census form at their home…as the suffragettes had a campaign of non-cooperation with … Continue reading

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IN THIS MONTH (MAY) 266 YEARS AGO : BIRTH OF A ‘UNITED IRISHMEN’ FOUNDING FATHER. “Nor one feeling of vengeance presume to defileThe cause, or the men, of the Emerald Isle.” – the words of William Drennan, physician, poet, educationalist … Continue reading

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ONE-THIRD PLAYGROUND, ONE-THIRD RIC MEMORIAL, ONE-THIRD BROWN-ENVELOPED APARTMENT BLOCK FOR A BUILDER BUDDY? Another Moore Street fiasco in the making? A Fine Gael political representative is currently flying a kite to gauge reaction/opposition to a proposal to build a playground … Continue reading

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‘SAOIRSE IRISH FREEDOM’ NEWSPAPER MAY 2020 FREE DOWNLOAD… ‘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 … Continue reading

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