“As back through the glen I rode again And my heart with me fell sore For I parted then with valiant men Whom I never shall see ‘more But to and fro in my dreams I go And I kneel and pray for you For slavery fled a glorious dead When you fell in the […]
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.
Bobby Sands was an Irish revolutionary, Gaeilgeoir, song writer and poet who died on 5th May, 1981 after 66 days on hunger strike. He was 27 years old. It was estimated that more than 100,000 people turned out to pay their respects to their fallen hero. Sands’ poetry was written in gaol in the most […]
This news report is from 1991 and the IRA mortar bomb attack on Downing Street. As the British war cabinet was meeting to discuss the first war for oil in Iraq, they got a shock when mortars landed in the back garden and redesigned the entire space. This attack demonstrated the capabilities of the much […]
Ireland has both the good fortune and misfortune to have a large number of martyrs. Many honourable men and women have felt it necessary to step forward to fight the blight of British colonialism. Of those Rebels who were imprisoned, some chose to battle the foreign regime using the only weapon they had left to […]
This is a poignant piece of verse about the great revolutionary, James Connolly, who was executed by British forces whilst seriously injured during the Easter Rising, 1916. Connolly was tied to a chair so that he could be shot by a firing squad. Connolly The man was all shot through that came today Into the […]
The song below is posted in response to an article in the Irish News today by the Unionist columnist, Newton Emerson from Portadown. In his piece, Emerson suggests that Unionism is going to try to attack the singing of Republican songs, such as the one included here, as a means of opening up yet another […]
For anyone who wants to receive true insight into some of the disgraceful methods used by British state forces and their proxies within the paramilitaries of Unionism, I suggest that you first read this book, Lethal Allies, by the English journalist, Anne Cadwallader. It did not get the publicity that it deserved, upon release, due […]
John Kelly (Kelly of Killanne) (died c. 25 June 1798) lived in the town of Killane in the parish of Rathnure and was a United Irishman leader who fought in the Rising of 1798. While Kelly was obviously well known to rebel and loyalist alike during the short duration of the Wexford rebellion, almost nothing is […]
Nick Clegg is the former leader of the British Liberal Democrats. In this clip he is speaking about a potential alliance between the DUP and David Cameron’s Tory party. Clegg’s fears have now been realized, as the Conservatives of today are seen kowtowing to a Unionist party that is described by Clegg as having ‘regressive, […]
Here is an introduction to one the greatest Irish balladeers of today, or any day. Damien Dempsey is from working class Dublin. His songs are based upon the struggles of life to be found in everyday Ireland. If you want to understand life in modern Ireland, then let Dempsey be your guide.