#OTD in 1940 – Birth of singer and folk musician, Luke Kelly in Dublin. #LukeKelly #TheDubliners

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Luke Kelly was a singer and folk musician from Dublin, most famous as a member of the band The Dubliners.

Kelly was one of the best-known figures of the Irish folk music movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A Dubliner from the north inner city, he attended O’Connell’s Schools before emigrating to Britain in 1958. There he first became involved in the growing international folk music scene in which Ewan MacColl was a central figure, as well as joining the Communist Party of Great Britain.

In 1962 Luke Kelly returned to Dublin and quickly became a central figure in the city’s burgeoning folk music community, playing in sessions in O’Donoghue’s Pub on Merrion Row with the likes of Ronnie Drew, Barney McKenna and The Fureys. Not long after, he ended up forming a folk group with Drew, McKenna, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan, which he named The Dubliners. In 1965…

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Piltown, Co Kilkenny and It’s Involvement in The War of The Roses

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The Wars of the Roses, a series of civil wars between rival factions for the throne of England, does not on the face of it have much to do with Ireland or the Irish. True Ireland was nominally ruled by the English at the time, but this control really only extended to a variable but small part of Ireland known as the Pale, centred around Dublin, while the bulk was made up of largely independent fiefdoms of various lords. Of course any conflict will attract mercenaries and others looking for action and reward from the surrounding area, so some Irish undoubtedly did fight on English soil, but Ireland was more important as a place of refuge for those currently out of favour in the struggle, and as a launch point for further action in England.

The power struggle in England naturally weakened the English grip on Ireland, and the Pale…

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Kevin Barry Commemoration Rathvilly, and Frank Driver laying the wreath in Ballymore Eustace, Co Carlow.

Kevin Barry Commemoration, Rathvilly, and Frank Driver wreath laying in Ballymore Eustace

Rsf Kevin barrys commemoration rathvilly co carlow

with many thanks to: Josephine Hayden and Michael Maher, Republican Sinn Féin (RSF).

Below are photos taken at a property in Derrry City Centre this morning by IRSP activists.

The tenants are a young couple with a one year old baby and another baby due in four weeks.

As you can see from the photo s this property is not fit for purpose yet the landlord is receiving £90 per week from the housing .

We have arranged an emergency meeting for the family with the housing to get them out of this property and to stop the landlord getting paid for this flat.

Its shocking to see conditions like this in 2017 and more shocking that the landlord is getting paid for this.

With many thanks to: Irish Republican Socialist Party, IRSP Derry.