Ireland’s Bedraggled Journey

Republican SINN FÉIN Poblachtach

Part one of a speech delivered by Ard Chomhairle member John Joe McCusker at the Ruairi O’Bradaigh summer school in 2017. Giving a brief historical narrative of Irish Republicanism up to the present day.  

Each year, perhaps on several occasions Irish Republicans are requested to review and reassess Ireland’s bedraggled journey from the time of Brian Boru to the present day.  I use the word bedraggled because for the past eight hundred and fifty years our people have never know true freedom, been subjected to harsh penal laws, transportation, evictions and starvation.  Despite this we have never accepted slavery, defeat or conquest.

The English fully recognised following the 1798 Rebellion that they could only frustrate the efforts of Irishmen and Irishwomen to claim their place among the free nations of the world.  Despite the Repeal act of 1782 and the Act of Renunciation in 1783 which put the Irish Parliament…

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