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Art And The Revolution

  By Jim Slaven In 1884 Aloysius O’Kelly’s Mass in a Connemara Cabin became the only painting of an Irish subject ever to be exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon. In subsequent years it was also exhibited and well received in London and New York before vanishing at the end of the nineteenth century. The … Continue reading

Report From Connolly Conference

This article first appeared in the latest edition of The Irish Voice and can be downloaded here. By Jim Slaven Last month the James Connolly Society hosted one of the most significant political events for Scotland’s Irish community in decades. People from throughout Scotland attended the Connolly Conference 2013 to listen to speakers from Scotland, … Continue reading

Peadar O’Donnell Weekend 2013


COINTELPRO, Assata Shakur And Obama’s FBI

By Larry Pinkney “History is important. If you don’t know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.”—Howard Zinn The infamous U.S. government’s Counter Intelligence Program … Continue reading


In late 2012, former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas met with Zapatistas and local artists in the Mexican state of Chiapas. The trip was initiated by Caleb Duarte from EDELO who describes the project as: “A multimedia exploration of the artistic and political connections between the Black Panther Party and the Zapatista movements as … Continue reading

James Plunkett Short Story Award

“Publicists of all kinds, philantropists, literary men, lovers of their kind, poets, brilliant writers, artists, have all been conquered by the valiant heroism of the Dublin workers …” James Connolly spoke these words about the 1913 Lockout – the 100th anniversary of which occurs this year. Indeed, it is through the most famous novel of one … Continue reading

James Connolly – A Working Class Hero

This documentary, James Connolly – A Working Class Hero, is a comprehensive look at the life and work of James Connolly. From his birth in Edinburgh’s Little Ireland to his execution by the British state and via his life in the United States this great documentary explores Connolly and his times. Featuring contributions from the … Continue reading

Jack Doyle

Above is a very powerful version of the song ‘The Contender’ by Paul McGrath. The song was made famous by Christy Moore, whose version is at the bottom of this post, and is about Jack Doyle who died on 13th December 1978. Popularly known as ”The Gorgeous Gael”, Jack (Joe) Doyle was born into a working … Continue reading

The Price of Sugar

Tonight BBC Scotland are screening the first episode of their Addicted to Pleasure series. The first programme features actor Brian Cox looking at sugar. It might be great. However it might not be, so here is a great documentary on sugar. The Price of Sugar looks at the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, tourists flock to … Continue reading

The British Ideology

By Jim Slaven So the Olympics are over and it is time to reflect on the significance of London 2012. While the coverage has been extensive, none of it has come close to a brilliant book published before London 2012 had even started. French intellectual Marc Perelman’s extended essay Barbaric Sports does a great job … Continue reading

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