Padraic Colum was an Irish poet, dramatist, playwright, novelist, children’s author and collector of folklore. He was born 8th December 1881 and passed on 11th January 1972. He was well known as one of the leaders of the Irish Literary Revival, when there was a massive increase in appreciation in for the Gaelic heritage of […]
Padraic Colum – Irish Rebel Poet
Padraic Colum (Columb) was born on 8th December, 1881, in a Longford workhouse where his father was employed. He was the eldest of seven siblings and when his father moved to the USA in 1889, having lost his job, to take part in the Colorado Gold Rush, Padraic and his family remained in Ireland. His […]
Thomas Davis Poem – My Land
Originally posted on Rebel Voice:
Thomas Davis was an Irish Republican of the 19th century. He is widely regarded as the Bard of Republicanism. My Land She is a rich and rare land; Oh! she’s a fresh and fair land; She is a dear and rare land This native land of mine. No men than…
Reflections On The Ten – Poem By A.D.
Originally posted on Rebel Voice:
This piece of verse comments upon the major occurrences of the poet’s life. It moves in a cryptic manner through global events coming to rest upon the tragedies that marked his life more fully than the others. “The Ten” refers to the Irish hunger strikers who were martyred in the…
Luke Kelly – Parcel Of Rogues (Scottish Song Of Resistance)
Previously, Rebel Voice brought you this song as performed by the Scottish balladeer, Dick Gaughan. https://rebelvoice.blog/2018/03/15/parcel-o-rogues-dick-gahan/ This time, we present to you one of Ireland’s finest, Luke Kelly. Luke was a founding members of the Dubliners. His voice is special. It has the earthy and slightly rough tones of a working class man, to match […]
John Spillane – Passage West
John Spillane is a renowned singer-songwriter from the beautiful city of Cork in Ireland. He is a popular constant on both TV and radio on the Emerald Isle. Here is one of his better known ballads. The lyrics in this track are poetry and when set to the haunting melody serve to take the listener […]
#OTD in 1981 – Day 8 | Bobby Sands recorded his diary for the first seventeen days of his hunger strike in which he detailed his thoughts and feelings on the momentous task that lay ahead of him. — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland
Bobby Sands was one of the greatest of Irishmen. He was a Republican, Socialist, poet, songwriter, Gaelic speaker, warrior and, sadly, martyr. He died on 5th May, 1981 aged 27. His birthday is on the 9th March. He is a hero for Rebel Voice. In a few hours time I shall be twenty-seven grand years […]
The Ballad Of Mossfree – Poem By A.D.
Here is a poem about the nomadic life lived by some wandering minstrels, or troubadours, across the world. It’s not an existence for everyone, but there is a certain romanticism to it. Rebel Voice has heard that girls like the guitar players. But was it true that for many years they also loved to spend […]
Brendan Behan – Red Envoy – Poem By 16-Year-Old Irish Rebel
He was 16 when he set off on his own to blow up parts of England. His time in a borstal gave him the materiel for a book. He wrote poetry in both Gaelic and English. He had famous friends across the globe. He stayed in the Chelsea Hotel. He drank himself to death. He was Brendan Behan. This is his poem.
Only the Present – Poem By Resident Poet, A.D.
Here is a light bit of verse from our resident poet. It expresses sentiment that most of us can understand. The niggling thought that perhaps we could have done things differently. Only the Present Springs a wish upon a thought, The past still yet to come, Held loosely in a drifting clasp Of hedonistic fun; […]
Jeff Beck – Women Of Ireland
Jeff Beck is a blues legend and for a very good reason, he can fecking play. In this video we can hear him perform a rendition of the Irish folk ballad, Women Of Ireland, in Madison Square Garden, NYC in 2013. It’s instrumental only on this one. The song Women of Ireland or “Mná na hÉireann” is […]
Celts And Saxons – Rebel Poem By Thomas Davis
In this piece of inspired verse, Thomas Davis calls to all those born on the island of Ireland to stand together as Irish people, in opposition to the yoke of English colonialism. He believed that the Irish identity did not depend on bloodlines but on feelings of the heart. His hope was that those of […]