1916-1966: What has happened?
Date:1966
Collection:Remembering 1969
View: View Document
Discuss:Comments on this document
Subjects: 1916 Easter Rising

Please note: The Irish Left Archive is provided as a non-commercial historical resource, open to all, and has reproduced this document as an accessible digital reference. Copyright remains with its original authors. If used on other sites, we would appreciate a link back and reference to the Irish Left Archive, in addition to the original creators. For re-publication, commercial, or other uses, please contact the original owners. If documents provided to the Irish Left Archive have been created for or added to other online archives, please inform us so sources can be credited.

Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

2nd March 2009

In a way this document is unusual for the Archive. It appeared in 1966 and was, as a paragraph on page 1 notes:

…a collection of articles which attempt to asses the progress of Ireland, starting fifty years ago, in every field. All the contributors are Irish – Journalists, University Lecturers or Professional men and women highly respected in their own fields who have been asked to explain what has happened to the goals of the 1916 leaders. ‘1916 – 1966′ is produced by the non-profit undergraduate TCD Publishing Company….

Yet it presages future developments and attitudes quite clearly in an overview that incorporates a broad range of contributors included a youthful John Horgan, Séan O’Faolain, Anthony Coughlan, Bruce Arnold, Mary MacSwiney, Maire Comerford, Martin Donohue and Roy Johnson. Unsurprisingly, with that lineup there is a certain slant to the analysis. And the presence of Coughlan and Johnson point towards the future directions of the Republican movement.

Indeed on page 15 there is an interesting history which notes that:

JJanuary of last year saw the initiation again of violence in the Republic: the Abbeyleix affair, sparked by the visit of Princess Margaret, including the first organised physical demonstration since 1962. It was followed by small but news-making incidents, including the attempted machine-gunning of a boat of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy off the coast of Ireland.

A struggle within the Republican ranks between the old die-hard ‘unite or bust’ campaigners and a new left wing (but certainly not Communist) element culminated late last year in the final victory of the new wing. But because the destruction of the Plllar bore the stamp of the die-hards, what brought Ireland such fame may have been instigated by nothing more than the determination of one faction of the Republicans to prove to the others their vitality.

The new element advocates better social services and education, there is a distinct possibility they may be persuaded to sit in the Dáil – long considered an act of treason by ‘Real Republicans’ – but such a truly revolutionary step is unlikely to be aided by the 50 year celebrations and their accompanying confusion and doubts.

Indeed. Yet it is this opportunity to gain some insight into the thinking of those who sought to explain the present, as it was then, in terms of the past while almost entirely unaware of the future that lay directly ahead which gives this document a certain significance.


Comments

No Comments yet.

Add a Comment

Formatting Help

Comments can be formatted in Markdown format . Use the toolbar to apply the correct syntax to your comment. The basic formats are:

**Bold text**
Bold text

_Italic text_
Italic text

[A link](http://www.example.com)
A link

You can join this discussion on The Cedar Lounge Revolution

  • By: PJ Tue, 03 Mar 2009 06:26:41

    You’re still going to stick up the ‘Anniversary of the Internationalists in Ireland’ pamphlet?

    Reply on the CLR

  • By: WorldbyStorm Tue, 03 Mar 2009 07:59:00

    I am indeed, next week no less PJ.

    Reply on the CLR

  • By: PJ Callan Wed, 04 Mar 2009 07:47:19

    With the large files is there any advantage in using Winrar or having them scanned at lower resolution to make the file s smaller?

    Reply on the CLR

  • By: WorldbyStorm Wed, 04 Mar 2009 07:48:57

    It’s not a huge problem. I can always adjust the PDF at this end. So far I haven’t had any complaints but if people are worried I’d appreciate if they could say so…

    Reply on the CLR

  • By: Neues aus den Archiven der radikalen Linken - eine Auswahl « Entdinglichung Fri, 06 Mar 2009 09:52:48

    […] 1916-1966: What has happened? […]

    Reply on the CLR