Category Archives: Rebel History

The Future is Unwritten: Culture And Struggle

Culture, and specifically music, is an often neglected but hugely important factor in any struggle against an oppressive system. In modern times, we’ve largely ignored the cultural struggle. Most music today only props up the individualist consensus and is a … Continue reading

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“Kilmichael’s road, what worth?” – The usurpation of our revolutionary past

“Barry’s dead, does no-one hear? 
Kilmichael’s road — what worth? While Irishmen wear rusty chains that beseth them from their birth.” – Bobby Sands, The Sleeping Rose Irish Republicanism is at one of its most factionalised states in its history, arguably … Continue reading

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Rebel Lives: Volunteer Martin O’Leary – Ballyphehane’s Soldier of the People

In 1971, Ireland was in a flurry of militancy, with the republican movement, despite the recent ’69/’70 split, playing a key part. Both the Official and Provisional wings of the movement played heroic parts in the Civil Rights Movement, opposition … Continue reading

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Rebel Lives: Volunteer Denis Spriggs – A rebel, a patriot, a martyr

Denis Spriggs was a volunteer in C Company, 1st Battalion of the IRA’s No.1 Cork Brigade. He lived in Strawberry Hill, just off Blarney St. in the northside of Cork City. Spriggs was a plasterer by trade and was active … Continue reading

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Rebel Lives: Volunteers Tony Ahern and Dermot Crowley – Mayfield’s fallen martyrs

It is impossible to tell the story of Volunteers Tony Ahern and Dermot Crowley by just writing about one, their story is in many ways a single one. Vol. Anthony (Tony) Ahern was born on the 15th Novermber, 1955. He … Continue reading

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Happy New Year Readers!

Happy New Year to all our readers, from all the Rebel City Writers! The first posts were published to this blog on the 10th of January 2015 and it’s fair to say we’ve done alright over the past 12 months. We … Continue reading

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1916 – Unfinished Business

The idea that 1916 was a simple blood sacrifice or a romantic and spontaneous uprising by a group of fanatics will be parroted out to no end in the coming months. It doesn’t help that this is a revisionist myth. … Continue reading

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