“The Pope is the enemy of Irish Republicanism and Irish independence” Should we commemorate the Catholic Church’s role in the War of Independence?

By Padraig Og O Ruairc Introduction – Ignoring faith and misrepresenting history?   Republican women pray outside Mountjoy Gaol in 1920 before the execution of IRA prisoner Kevin Barry. The official state commemoration marking the centenary of the Soloheadbeg Ambush and the start of the War of Independence began with Continue Reading

‘To extinguish their sinister traditions and customs’ – the historic bans on the legal use of the Irish and Welsh languages

A medieval Welsh judge. It was only in the 16th century that the Welsh language was banned from use in court. By Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc. Constitutionally both Wales and Northern Ireland are considered part of the integral and sovereign territory of the United Kingdom governed by the same legal Continue Reading

Today in Irish History – August 22, 1922 – Béal na mBláth, The Shooting Of Michael Collins

Collins National Army uniform. The death of Michael Collins, by John Dorney. Michael Collins was the IRA Director of Intelligence, Minister for Finance of the underground Republican government of 1919-21 and, unofficially, the leading figure in the independence struggle against the British. After he, Arthur Griffith and the other negotiators Continue Reading