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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: 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: Staff Captain Joe McCann – Revolutionary Socialist Republican

The above image has become one of the most iconic images of the conflict in the north-east of Ireland, not only for what the photo itself captures, but also the story behind it. A guerilla fighter crouched beneath the Starry … Continue reading

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Rebel Lives: Óglach Donnchadh de Barra – Volunteer Denis Barry

Today we bring you the second in our ‘Rebel Lives’ series, a tribute to Cork republican hunger striker, Vol. Denis Barry. This piece was originally published by our comrades at Rebel Cork’s Fighting Story, and can be viewed here. Although … Continue reading

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Rebel Review – “Jimmy’s Hall”

After a short hiatus we are back with the first in our Rebel Review series, which we hope to make a regular feature on our blog. Today we post a review of Ken Loach’s film on the Irish Communist Jimmy Gralton, … Continue reading

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The Connolly Column

The following piece was gratefully submitted by one of our readers and is a brief overview of the legendary Connolly Column of the International Brigades that fought to defend the Spanish Republic during Franco’s counter-revolution I recently finished reading the book … Continue reading

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