Ballymun News, No. 1
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution
12th June 2017
Thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive
This is an interesting publication which appears to be linked in some respect to Official Sinn Féin. It’s broad thrust is that of a community/residents/tenants newspaper and it has a lot of material in it ranging from news about the area to cartoons and ballads. Subjects addressed include school meals and attacks on the government.
The editorial board thanks ‘The Galway News’ ‘for their invaluable assistance’. There’s also a brief note on Joe McCann noting that ‘on the 13th of April, one year ago, the British paras shot Joe McCann dead in his native markets area of Belfast… one of the finest of our latter day revolutionaries’.
Any further information about it or those involved would be very very welcome.
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By: eddie walsh | 1st November 2018, 8:55pm
Ballymun news was started by several people of which the most prominent was the late Sean O Cionnaith of Official Sinn Fein.
Re: Ballymun News
By: Turlough Kelly | 26th July 2020, 4:39pm
This isn't quite true - Sean wasn't centrally involved the Ballymun News. The editor was Peadar Kelly (my late father) and the deputy editor was Tommy Gibson.
Peadar would have been involved with OSF at the very outset of publication but this was never a "party line" publication, and his association with OSF ended not long into its run. The Ballymun News shifted to an annual publication from the mid-80s and survived in that guise until roughly 2003. In the 70s or 80s, it briefly expanded to cover other areas of North Dublin, under the name Satellite, but this iteration was short-lived. Peadar passed away last year.
Re: Re: Ballymun News
By: Aonrud | 27th July 2020, 2:00pm
Thanks very much for the information, Turlough. Great to get a bit more background on it. I'm impressed it kept going in some form until 2003!
By: WorldbyStorm | 5th December 2018, 8:01pm
Thanks Eddie, that's good to know, and much appreciated.
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