#OTD in 1901 – Birth of socialist politician, Roddy Connolly (James Connolly’s son), in Dublin.

Roddy Connolly served as Aide de Camp to his father James Connolly and Pádraig Pearse in the General Post Office during the Easter Rising. He was only fifteen years old at the time. Fearing for his son’s safety James Connolly made Roddy leave the GPO on Wednesday. ‘I remember my father was extremely upset. He […]

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#OTD in 1901 – Birth of socialist politician, Roddy Connolly, (James Connolly’s son) in Dublin.

Roddy Connolly served as Aide de Camp to his father James Connolly and Pádraig Pearse in the General Post Office during the Easter Rising. He was only fifteen years old at the time. Fearing for his son’s safety James Connolly made Roddy leave the GPO on Wednesday. ‘I remember my father was extremely upset. He […]

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1979 – The memorial to James Larkin (21 Jan 1876 – 30 Jan 1947) on O’Connell Street, Dublin is unveiled. Larkin, a revolutionary socialist, dominated the Irish Trade Union movement. G. B. Shaw once described him as ‘the greatest Irishman since Parnell’.

Today a statue of “Big Jim” stands on O’Connell Street in Dublin. The inscription on the front of the monument is an extract in French, Irish and English from one of his famous speeches: Les grands ne sont grands que parce que nous sommes à genoux: Levons-nous. – Ní uasal aon uasal ach sinne bheith […]

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