People

‘Trampling the rights of a free people’: Coercion in Nineteenth Century Ireland

Suspects arrested under the Coercion Act 1881 at Roscommon. By John Dorney According to the Republican historian Dorothy MacArdle, in the 19th century Ireland was governed, ‘almost continuously since the Act of Union’ by Coercion Acts, which ‘made every expression of national feeling a crime’.[1] She quoted the Liberal politician Continue Reading

“The road for the cattle – the land for the People” The Castlefergus Cattle Drive and the death of IRA Volunteer John Ryan

IRA Volunteer John Ryan, killed during land agitation , 1918. Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc looks at the shooting of IRA Volunteer John Ryan who was shot dead by the RIC at a time when the politics of the ‘land question’ and popular protest against Irish involvement in the First World Continue Reading