Banna Strand – Roger Casement

This popular ballad is sung throughout Ireland, in respect of the memory of Roger Casement, a hero of the 1916 Rising. A variation on the lyrics can be found here. Banna Strand (unknown author)  ‘Twas on Good Friday morning, All in the month of May, A German Ship was signalling, Beyond out in the Bay, … Continue reading “Banna Strand – Roger Casement”

Parade for RIGHTS in 2016

The following is the text of the talk delivered by Diarmaid Ó Cadhla at the parade held in Cork on the eve of the actual Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, 23rd April. There is widespread celebration of the 1916 Rising, huge numbers are attending events to pay their respects to the men and women … Continue reading “Parade for RIGHTS in 2016”


To honour the Irishmen and Irishwomen of 1916 we must make a reality of the principles for which our forefathers laid down their lives – we must cherish the children of our nation equally, we must have unfettered control of our own destiny, we must assert our sovereign right. To do anything less is to … Continue reading “1916-2016 CENTENARY YEAR”


This letter was received by the O’Donovan Rossa Centenary Commemoration Committee from William Cole Rossa (great-grandson of Rossa), for use at yesterdays ANTI-EVICTION, POVERTY AND FORCED-EMIGRATION march and rally in Cork. The committee will continue to organise events (on a non-Party political basis) around the Centenary of the 1916 Rising.  Interested groups or individuals are invited … Continue reading “ROSSA IRISH REBEL”

1916 – Let’s have a People’s Celebration?

Celebrate the Centenary by rebuilding the Unity of ‘Irishmen and Irishwomen’ in the great cause for which our Patriots struggled! A .PDF copy of this article can be downloaded here. Our Patriots wre self-less; they never counted the cost; they sought no fame; there was no greed; they were content to ‘scatter the seed’. Our … Continue reading “1916 – Let’s have a People’s Celebration?”

James Connolly was proud to raise the Green Flag of Ireland.

It is neither Social Class nor Philosophy, but Democracy that is the issue today Let’s make our own analysis of today’s conditions, to create a decent future is something we must do for ourselves. James Connolly made a unique and original contribution to our history. He revealed more on the fundamental truth previously highlighted, in … Continue reading “James Connolly was proud to raise the Green Flag of Ireland.”

Fornocht do chonac thú – ag Pádraig Mac Piarais

Fornocht do chonac thú Fornocht do chonac thú, a áille na háille, is do dhallas mo shúil ar eagla go stánfainn. Do chualas do cheol, a bhinne na binne, is do dhúnas mo chluas ar eagla go gclisfinn. Do bhlaiseas do bhéal a mhilse na milse, is do chruas mo chroí ar eagla mo mhillte. … Continue reading “Fornocht do chonac thú – ag Pádraig Mac Piarais”

For what died the sons of Róisín?

Leader of the Easter Rising 1916 Pádraig Mac Piarais, born 10 November 1879, executed 3 May 1916. Together he and James Connolly united the patriotic movement with that of the working class, the resolution of whose interests remains inter-dependant. “The cause of labour is the cause of Ireland, the cause of Ireland is the cause … Continue reading “For what died the sons of Róisín?”

‘The Fool’, a poem by Pádraig Mac Piarais

The Fool Since the wise men have not spoken, I speak that am only a fool; A fool that hath loved his folly, Yea, more than the wise men their books or their counting houses or their quiet homes, Or their fame in men’s mouths; A fool that in all his days hath done never … Continue reading “‘The Fool’, a poem by Pádraig Mac Piarais”

The Murder Machine

Preface This pamphlet is not, as its name might seem to import, a penny dreadful, at least in the ordinary sense. It consists of a series of studies of the English education system in Ireland. The article entitled “The Murder Machine” embodies an article which appeared in the Irish Review for February 1913. The article … Continue reading “The Murder Machine”