The Paris Commune of 1871 was still fresh in the memory by the time of Ireland’s Easter Rising – and, for 1916 leader James Connolly, its radical politics and urban warfare offered an example to follow.
Oscar Wilde is known today for his satirical wit, but he maintained a lifelong interest in political affairs – one which would lead him to Irish nationalism, women’s suffrage and the fight against capitalism.
Today marks the 80th anniversary of James Joyce’s death. His writing was impacted by the great political intrigues of his time – from nationalism to religion, and his own sympathies for socialism.
100 years ago today, Irish revolutionary Kevin Barry was hanged at just eighteen years of age. Immortalised in song, his execution became an international cause – and fanned the flames of rebellion.
Post-independence Ireland saw a wave of monuments to the British empire being removed, but none more dramatically than Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin – blown up on the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
In April 1920 a general strike demanding the release of prisoners rocked Ireland and brought the country to a standstill – one hundred years later, it remains the pinnacle of Irish labour history.
On this day in 1867, a radical uprising in Ireland led by a follower of Marx’s First International sought common cause with republicans and workers of the world.
This week Belfast City Council blocked plans for a statue to Winnie Carney, a pioneering socialist, feminist and trade unionist. We remember her extraordinary life.