2021 sees the centenary of the gerrymandered statelet of Northern Ireland.
The Irish Republican Socialist Party was founded in 1974. It follows in the revolutionary tradition of Wolfe Tone, Karl Marx, Frederich Engels, VI Lenin, and James Connolly. In Ireland's many areas of abject poverty, the IRSP carry out much-needed community work helping out the meek of the earth.
The IRSP can clearly be seen to have upheld the politics of James Connolly, the founder of Irish Republican Socialism, where the class struggle and national liberation are inseparable.
This is unspoilt rural Ireland at its best and one of the best places in the world to forget the rat-race of modernity and chill out. Having a few Euro on you helps, but an excursion in Inishowen can be done relatively cheaply.
For anyone facing a criminal trial with a possible prison sentence, it can be one of the most stressful situations one can find themselves in. If a prison sentence is imminent, or at least a likely outcome, then it makes sense to orientate oneself to the reality of imprisonment.
The Hunger Strike of 1981, which followed the earlier, equally determined but unproductive 1980 Hunger Strike, was the zenith of the blanket and no-wash protests that had begun in 1976 following the summary removal by the British occupational administration of Special Category Status
With so many people visiting Ireland these days and Gaeltachts (Irish speaking areas) being established even in cities, the aim of this article is to provide some basic translations of significant words from English into Irish.
Connolly's Republican Socialism, his militant trade unionism, his adherence to Marxism, his membership in the Irish Socialist Republican Party and his rejection of one-dimensional nationalism, are irrefutable and uncomfortable truths for those who have erroneously attempted to hijack his legacy.
Whether we like it or not, there are few moments of the day which are actually our own. Our fascination and fears of living in an Orwellian surveillance dystopia are well-founded, with nearly 100% CCTV blanket coverage in most population centres.
"The first thing to note is that in my son's veins flowed the blood of the Irish rebels" Ernest Guevara Lynch, father of Che
Project Echoes was an alleged secret offensive linked to Operation Gladio. Some may be unfamiliar to state-sponsored murder and the phenomena of what has become known as "collusion" in the north of Ireland.
Crumlin Road Gaol, known locally as The Crum, or HMP Belfast, as its official title proclaims, is situated unsurprisingly, on the city-centre end of north Belfast's Crumlin Road. It was built in Victorian times, by the architect Charles Lanyon, who also designed Kilmainham Gaol, in Dublin and QUB
The Hostel had become a vision of Hell on earth for workers, the neighbors and the residents themselves. Incompetent management and middle-management were the real authors of the abomination that Brunswick degenerated into.
Brunswick House began with very admirable principles. No-one should be deprived of the right of shelter because of their lifestyle. However, management neglect and the pursuit of profit made it Hell on earth for both workers and residents.
Ronnie Bunting, assassinated along with his friend and comrade, Noel Little, was a prime example of an IRSM activist. He gave his life for a secular, Socialist Irish Republic. Ronnie's ideology lives on and will never go away.
The period known as The Troubles lasted from 1969 to the late 1990s. The conflict was at it's most ferocious during the 1970s and contrary to shallow media analysis which depicted it as an inter-tribal dispute, in reality, it was a national liberation struggle borne out of a denial of civil rights.
Toby Harnden's book, 'Bandit Country: The IRA and South Armagh', is very pro-British in outlook. However, it is worth reading, not least for its insight into the often naive British military occupation's thinking into the capabilities of South Armagh's elite insurgents.
Helping an addict or alcoholic in one's own family, irrespective of one's experience in that field, can be highly frustrating and heartbreaking.
Seamus Costello was a giant of Irish revolutionary politics. His belief that national liberation and the class struggle are symbiotic is being vindicated daily as we move closer to a border poll.
The Stop-Pull Dog Harness, available online and virtually every pet shop, is a brilliant solution for dogs who tend to overly pull when using an ordinary leash. It is safe, painless and excellent training aid.
The Lost Revolution by Brian Hanley and Scott Millar is, so far, the most definitive history of the Official IRA, The Workers Party and their political rollercoaster ride through Irish politics
Prescription medicine abuse, born out of poverty, is growing in Ireland, and the old 'war on drugs' approach, which has never worked in the past with illegal narcotics, is predictably failing again. Harm reduction and regulation would make the dealer as redundant as the Bootlegger of old.
The Shankill Butchers were the most prolific serial killers in UK legal history. It is only recently that it has become widely accepted that state forces, at the very least, were only too aware of their deeds and identities, as the continued their carnage
Mickey Devine helped found the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) in Derry in 1975. Mickey was the tenth and last of the H-block Hunger Strike, laying down his young life on 20 August 1981. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
The Eddystone Lighthouses, through trial and error, became literal wonders of the civil engineering world. Smeaton's successful Tower based on the tensile strength of the Oak Tree became the world standard for rock lighthouses, saving thousands of lives and maritime vessels.
Hopefully, this short, humble article will go some way to demystify the seemingly endless amount of Irish political acronyms. A working-knowledge of acronyms often painted on walls in working-class areas will give visitors a sound indication of whether they are in either Republican or Loyalist areas
Brendan Hughes, the urban guerilla fighter, the prison escaper, the hunger striker, the IRA intelligence officer who bugged the British Army's HQ and later evened-up Republican firepower with his introduction of the Armalite into IRA arsenals, will never be forgotten.
With just a modicum of TLC, food and exercise your dog will love you unconditionally. A dog can become your eyes, ears, and chief protector, if necessary. They really are humankind's best friend.
Billy 'King Rat' Wright was a sectarian serial killer and alleged British agent who enjoyed carte blanche to carry out his terror campaign in Mid-Ulster. All that was to change when he entered the H-Blocks and became a target of an elite INLA unit.
An analysis of James Connolly, the Irish Republican leader of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Marxist revolutionary and Trades Union Organizer.
"A Very British Jihad", published on Kindle in 2019, was a groundbreaking expose of state-sanctioned murder in the North of Ireland. These were dangerous times, not just for Republican activists or Catholics but for lawyers, journalists, and human rights campaigners.
In recent times, the influence of the various loyal orders has diminished. However, membership of these secret societies, with their bizarre rituals, is still a significant phenomenon in the North of Ireland.
The Irish Republican History Museum is dedicated to the late Eileen Hickey who initiated the project and donated so many of the exhibits. The museum has over 5000 artifacts that chronicle the history of resistance to the British occupation of Ireland.
Clove oil at around $3 a bottle can ease the intractable pain of dry socket (alveolar osteitis) and dental pain.
Only a 30-minute drive from Derry, Fort Dunree Military Museum on Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula is a fascinating site to visit. Dunree, Dun Fhraoigh as Gaeilge means “Fort of the Heather” and suggests that this site has been an important defensive site throughout history.
Irish Republican flags are potent symbols of resistance and patriotism in what has become history's oldest occupation. At various times in Ireland's history, many of these flags and emblems have been banned, such were their revolutionary significance.
Fastnet Rock earned its nickname, Ireland's Teardrop, because it was the last Irish landfall that millions of emigrants to North America would ever see. Fastnet's Irish name Carraig Aonair meaning lone rock is apt for this tiny islet surrounded by the treacherous waters of the North Atlantic.
Ireland's political murals largely reflect a culture born out of resistance and anti-imperialism in Irish Republican working-class areas. Loyalist murals stress their sense of Britishness and fealty to an empire of old. Tours are increasingly popular, attracting thousands of visitors every year.
During the period of conflict in Ireland known as 'The Troubles' the Armalite rifle became synonymous with Irish Republicanism.
The Crumlin Road Gaol saw approximately 25,000 political prisoners pass through its grim doors in its 150-year life as a prison.
The Karl Marx memorial tomb is situated in the east section of London's Highgate Cemetery. Every year, many thousands of people come to visit the last resting place of the founding father of modern Communism.
During the 1932 Relief Strike, sectarian divisions were discarded and working-class solidarity became a reality in Belast.
It is now an accepted perception that a suicide epidemic among young people has visited Irish working-class areas of high social and economic deprivation.
Learn about some of the most barbaric crimes ever committed during the troubles.
With the rise of the ethno-supremacist far-right in Europe and North America, this article takes a critical look at its manifestation in the northeast of Ireland.
A brief history of the Starry Plough, the flag of Irish Republican Socialism