The Hungry Brigade Collective

The Hungry Brigade Collective is a very impressive history of 1960s republicans or if you like Saor Ulaidh and Saor Eire.The main characters are Ructions Doyle, Tommy Marsh, Noel Redican, Des Keane, Jimmy Clarke and  Simon O’Donnell, Republicans, Communists, Socialists, Civil rights campaigners and Anarchist bank robbers.

The Sixties, very roughly the period between the end of the 1956 – 62 Campaign (waged by the IRA and Saor Ulaidh) and the intensification of the Provisionals’ War in North of Ireland in the early seventies, was an irregular period in Irish political life.

This irregular period was, irregularly, a time when all the categories of Irish politics, from the nation to the polity, from Hibernianism to Republicanism, from Socialism to Unionism were actively thought about and fought over, in the streets and the pubs of Ireland, and in the dreams of Irishmen and Irishwomen.

That is the background to the stories contained in this book, which attempt to show how the irregularity of those times was answered in the name of the poor and the powerless and the rights of the people of Ireland by a group of men of no property and no name, or of many names:—the IRREGULARS. Link here- http://hungrybrigade.com/

From left to right: Larry Doyle, trade union activist; Des Keane; Tom O’Connor; Dan O’Connor; Noel Redican; Liam Sutcliffe; Simon O’Donnell; Jer O’Leary, actor. (Photo by Richard Whelan.)

From left to right: Larry Doyle, trade union activist; Des Keane; Tom O’Connor; Dan O’Connor; Noel Redican; Liam Sutcliffe; Simon O’Donnell; Jer O’Leary, actor. (Photo by Richard Whelan.)

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