‘Forgotten Revolution’ now available on Amazon

Available now from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle. ‘Forgotten Revolution [The Centenary Edition] The Limerick Soviet 1919’. A defining account of the workers’ role in the War of Independence from 1916 to 1921, including the stirring events of the Limerick Soviet 1919. Promo Video  Paperback Kindle The National Launch is in Limerick City Library 29 …

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A City defies an Empire: The Limerick Soviet of 1919

Our story begins with a young man named Robert Byrne. He was born on 28 November 1889 in a respectable two-storey red brick house at 5 Upper Oriel Street in Dublin. He was named after his father, Robert, a fitter by trade, from the nearby North Strand. His father was a cousin of the famous …

A City defies an Empire: The Limerick Soviet of 1919

It begins with the life and death by gunfire of a young man named Robert Byrne, Irish Republican and trade unionist. He was born on 28 November 1889 in a respectable two-storey red brick house at 5 Upper Oriel Street in Dublin. Oriel Street is in the North docklands behind the present-day International Financial Services …

The poet, the lady and the Lord… and some bluebells

Sometime in May 1945, the poet Patrick Kavanagh visited Dunsany, county Meath, to meet the eighteenth Lord Dunsany, a celebrated playwright and author. Dunsany was a major influence on writers and artists, particularly in the genre of fantasy literature. His most celebrated protégé was the tragic figure of Francis Ledwidge, the labourer-poet from Slane in …

To end Homelessness, we must amend the Constitution

Today’s news that more than nine thousand people are homeless in the State means that the protection given to private property in Article 43 of the Constitution needs to be curtailed immediately. Otherwise, the politicians are left powerless to intervene against the prevailing market forces that are determining this unacceptable outcome and are forced to …