James Connolly

James Connolly

James Connolly (1868–1916) was an Irish republican and socialist leader. He was executed by a British firing squad because of his leadership role in the Easter Rising of 1916. Connolly was the author of many books and articles, becoming one of the leading revolutionary theorists of his time. At the head of the Irish Citizen Army, Connolly’s vision and determination proved decisive in launching the rising which proclaimed the Irish Republic from the steps of Dublin’s General Post Office. This set in motion the sequence of events that would unleash the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921). While this did lead to 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties becoming independent of the United Kingdom, it left unresolved the question of Irish sovereignty over the entirety of the island. Indeed, it left unresolved the very conflicts Connolly presciently warned against when he wrote: “If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you.”






Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook

Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook

SKU: 9781604868265
Author: James Connolly • Edited by Mat Callahan • Preface by Theo Dorgan • Foreword by James Connolly Heron
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604868265
Published: 9/2013
Format: Paperback, ePub, PDF, mobi
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 96
Subjects: Music-Lyrics/History-Ireland

Praise

“My grand aunt Nora Connolly, in her book We Shall Rise Again, said of rebel songs: ‘For more may be remembered of a country’s history and treasured deep in the heart of a people through a song or a poem than through the pages of a history book’—how true. It was Nora who taught singers her father’s songs. ‘After 1916,’ she said, ‘I never did any more singing’—how sad. Now with this project and through the great talent and commitment of all involved we can hear Nora sing again.”
—James Connolly Heron, great-grandson of James Connolly and author of The Words of James Connolly



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