Category Archives: Ireland

My review of “Joan Maynard Passionate Socialist” Kristine Mason O’Connor (2003)

What do you want to do ? New mailCopy Joan Maynard (1921-1998) lived her life through her politics. In the course of  her  76 years she was a parish councillor, a rural district councillor, a county councillor, a Justice of … Continue reading

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My review of “Class Power on Zero Hours”

In this new book a group of self identified communists demand a revolutionary approach to changing society. It sounds far fetched and outrageous,  but we are living in a society where revolutionary change by  capitalism  has already taken place,  as … Continue reading

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IBRG at the WCML;part six. A Welcome for IBRG at St.Brendan’s Irish Centre.

  In the 1980s when IBRG branches were being   set up across the country one of the biggest problems was finding somewhere to meet. There were many  Irish Centres,  but most of them did not want an Irish group with … Continue reading

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IBRG at the WCML; part five BBC, Censorship and the Irish Community

The 1980s saw the rise and rise of IBRG as a local and national  grassroots campaigning organisation that exposed not only the racism and discrimination facing the Irish in Britain but drew the links between those issues and Britain’s ongoing … Continue reading

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IBRG Archive at the WCML; N.E.Lancs IBRG and Irish Women in Britain.

IBRG was an organisation that reflected the history of the Irish in this country but one that was not frightened off linking up the present with the past – unlike many other Irish organisations in the era of 1981-2003. Branches  … Continue reading

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Margaret Mullarkey; working class, Boltonian, IBRG activist

  In archiving the history of IBRG it is noticeable how many women were active as national officers as well as playing a more hidden role as the backbone of the organisation at a branch level. Margaret was one of … Continue reading

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My review of “Sisters in Cells” by Aine and Eibhlin Nic Giolla Easpaig

  Aine and Eibhlin Nic Giolla Easpaig are unique in several ways. They were republican women political prisoners in the 70s – the first women of that era to be imprisoned in England, while their autobiography “Sisters in Cells” is … Continue reading

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My review of “The Metal Mountain” by John Healy

IT  is 30 years since John Healy wrote his classic “Grass Arena”  his autobiography of growing up Irish in London. Published at a time when the Irish in Britain were going through a time of renaissance from politics in groups … Continue reading

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My review of the exhibition of Flag of Covenience by David Dunnico

    Flag of Convenience David Dunnico Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery   25 May-28 June 2019 Stockport.artgallery@stockport.gov.uk   THE Union Jack has never been just a flag. In this new exhibition Manchester documentary photographer David Dunnico takes us on a … Continue reading

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My review of “Moving Histories Irish Women’s Emigration to Britain from Independance to Republic” Jennifer Redmond

  MORE Irish women than Irishmen have over the years emigrated from Ireland. In this new history of Ireland from the 1920s to the 1950s Jennifer Redmond uses an important array of new sources to tell their story. This includes … Continue reading

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