Category Archives: Rebel Lives

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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Rebel Lives: Volunteer Joe Murphy – Togher’s forgotten hunger striker

Joe Murphy’s death on hunger strike is largely overlooked in favour of his comrade, Terence MacSwiney who died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison only a few hours before-hand. Relatively little is known about Joe. Murphy was born in Lynn, … Continue reading

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Rebel Lives: Seán Murray – Marxist-Leninist and Irish Socialist Republican

Seán Byers’ book caught my eye in Easons in Cork City. It was quite appropriate that a book dealing with the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of Ireland would be selling in one of the city’s main bookshops … Continue reading

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Rebel Lives: Dr Noel Browne

This piece has been lifted from the Modern Distortions blog and gives a rather informative rundown on an often forgotten figure in Irish politics, particularly Left politics, Dr Noel Browne. Many thanks go to the original author for providing such an … Continue reading

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