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In a work for our times, documentary maker Brian O’Flaherty has interviewed a vast array of historians, political commentators and writers to examine the life of revolutionary James Connolly, writes Fiona Mac Donald. They discuss Connolly’s key writings and his vision of what an independent Ireland could achieve. Among the

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Donal O’Falluin reviews the Abbey’s new version of one of its most controversial plays, Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. “It appears certain that Nationalism has gained a great deal and lost a little by its union with Labour in the Insurrection of Easter Week, and that Labour has

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Sam McGrath reports on the third annual commemoration of George Brown, who fell fighting fascism during the Spanish Civil War. “The decision by over 45,000 Volunteers to serve in the International Brigades was one of the most striking affirmations of the human spirit in the modern era, where former opponents

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UNITE came into being in 2007 through the merger of existing trade unions. It is the biggest union in Britain with over 2 million mem­bers. Its Irish region membership numbers 60,000 north and south, under the leadership of Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly, who Kevin Brannigan interviewed for Look Left. Jimmy

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Kurt Nikolaisen explains the purpose of Love Music Hate Racism Ireland. Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) is a music-oriented cam­paign by the Anti-Nazi League and Unite Against Fascism in the UK. The campaign involves concerts aimed at spreading an anti-racist message. It follows in the tradition of the 1970s Rock Against Racism

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56 years after its first per­formance in the 50 seater Pike Theatre, The New Theatre: Dublin (66 seater) will honour the spirit of Brendan Behan by once again staging a huge theatrical work in a small intimate space.  The play is set in Mountjoy Jail on the day and night

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On 12th May 1916 James Connolly was executed by fir­ing squad in Kilmainham Jail, Dublin. Seriously wounded during the Easter Rising, he was tied to a chair to face his executioners. Workers’ Party President Michael Finnegan believes the Citizens’ Army leader’s legacy is vitally important today.  James Connolly was shot

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Sandra Conlon on an international seminar of communist and workers’ parties on the struggle for women’s rights It’s a long way from Ireland to Azerbaijan, yet a seminar of communist and workers’ parties held in Brussels on March 26th 2010 saw women from twenty four countries give voice to their

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Kevin Brannigan reports This season’s all-island Setanta Cup ended with Pat Fenlon pick­ing up his fifth title as Bohemians manager with his side overcoming Dublin rivals St. Patrick’s Athletic at Tallaght Stadium. The 2009/10 Setanta Cup was the fifth instalment of the cross-border competition and the fourth year in a

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Mark Hoskins reviews ‘The Good Thief’, which runs at the ‘Theatre Upstairs’ until April 24th. There’s something particularly Irish about the one man play. The fact that Connor McPherson’s The Good Thief is a noir tale of gangsters, betrayal and a femme fatal doesn’t change this one bit. The conversational nature of

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Mark Hoskins reviews 2008 Austrian heist thriller, Revanche, showing this month at Dublin’s IFI. The title conjures up images of a high octane thriller where Mel Gibson frantically tracks down the ruthless gang who murdered his family. Revanche however, written by acclaimed Austrian playwright Götz Spielman, tends more towards Greek

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Historian Brian Hanley writes on the history of the Irish Republican Congress. Nearly eighty years ago, left-wing republicans founded an organisation, which although short-lived, would leave a lasting effect on Irish socialism.

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