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…

The Foggy Dew – Daoirí Farrell (Irish Rebel Song)

“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 […]

Tribute To Ireland’s Hunger Strike Martyrs

As will be seen from the following presentation, the tactic of hunger strike has been employed by Irish Republicans since the beginning of the 20th century. Irish martyrs first died on hunger strike in their fight against the British Occupation of Ireland just after the Easter Rising of 1916. Thomas Ashe perished in this way […]

Paddy Joe McGuigan – Irish Rebel, Songwriter And Performer

Lovers of Irish folk music, particularly rebel songs, will be familiar with tunes such as The Men Behind The Wire and The Boys Of The Old Brigade. But how many will know who wrote them? It’s a sad fact that too often those who take the time to pen such great ballads are often overlooked. […]

#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 […]

Irish Rebels – Irish Soldier Laddie (Irish Rebel)

Here’s a rousing Republican ballad to set you up for your day. This well known song was written by a Belfast man by the name of Paddy ‘Paddy Joe’ McGuigan, who was a member of the popular Republican folk group, Barleycorn.  Paddy Joe died in 2014. He left behind many fine songs and they form […]

The First Dungannon Convention — seamus dubhghaill

The first Dungannon Convention of the Ulster Volunteers on February 15, 1782 calls for an independent Irish parliament. This is the parliament that Henry Grattan also campaigns for and later becomes known as “Grattan’s parliament.” The Irish Volunteers are a part-time military force whose original purpose is to guard against invasion and to preserve law […] […]

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Radio Interview (1998)

Ireland has produced many notable political leaders over the years. Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was one of them. Born in Longford in 1932, Ó Brádaigh was from a strong Republican family, his father Matt having been an IRA volunteer who was wounded in action. Ruairí held the position of Chief of Staff of the IRA from […]

Dominic Behan – Sergeant William Bailey (Irish Rebel)

Many readers of Rebel Voice will know of Brendan Behan, poet, song writer, playwright and likable rogue. Fewer of you will be familiar with his younger brother, Dominic, who was five years his junior. Dominic Behan, who also went by his Gaelic name of Doiminic Ó Beacháin, was born on 22nd, October, 1918 and died […]

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.

Jack Lukeman – Irish Folk – The Minstrel Boy

This is a solid standard in the Irish folk tradition, here performed by the wonderful Jack L. If there’s one thing that Ireland does well, it’s to produce songs of sadness and loss. Rebel Voice says that’s all very well, but fuckin’ hell, let’s have some victories to write a few verses about. We could […]