Category Archives: Irish second generation

My review of “Sound System, The Political Power of Music” by Dave Randall

Dave Randall is a professional musician and ex-member of the SWP. In this new book he charts his own awakening into the world of music and politics and tries to explain why music is so important to all of us. … Continue reading

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Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics..Johnny Guitar,Dare to be Free, People before Profit and John McGahern

Watch Johnny Guitar (Home). A classic film, looks like a western but isn’t. Made in 1954 by Nicholas Ray it reflects on US society at that time, McCarthyism and the witchhunt of radicals in society. Joan Crawford, 49, plays Vienna, … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch Dheepan (Home)…how much do we really know about the refugees who escape war in their country and arrive in the west? Few people know about the war in Sri Lanka and the role of militants, the Tamil Tigers, who … Continue reading

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Celebrating women of the Easter Rising; my review of We Were There 77 Women of the Easter Rising

Today is the actual day of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin when revolutionaries tried to kick the British government out of Ireland. Not an anniversary that the Irish government really wants to celebrate properly; it might … Continue reading

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Book review; 1916 Ireland’s Revolutionary Tradition by Kieran Allen

It is 2016 and this year is the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin. It was on 24 April 1916 that a group of socialists and republicans struck a blow against the imperial power of Britain and its … Continue reading

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Book Review: Marxism and Women’s Liberation by Judith Orr

Recently fundraising for a play about Mary Quaile, an Irish trade unionist, our group contacted all the feminist historians in this country and Ireland. Only 2 responded and made a donation they were the socialist feminists. One of them was … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch …Nowhere is Home..(watch on BBC IPlayer) Dexys film of their latest show. Totally eccentric, brilliantly brainy Kevin Rowland is one of my heroes. In Dexys Midnight Runners in the 70s he espoused the working class intellectual viewpoint dressed in … Continue reading

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