“James Connolly & The Re-Conquest Of Ireland” Swinford Presentation To Michael Martin On 29 April With Events In Kells On 2 May And Belfast On 6 May
Adolphus Sheilds, the Dublin organizer of the Gasworkers forerunner of GMB, was instrumental in bringing James Connolly from Scotland to Ireland in May 1896 as organizer of the Dublin Socialist Club the book shows.
GMB will present Michael Martin TD, leader of Fianna Fail, with a copy of the recently published book “James Connolly & the Re-Conquest of Ireland” at an event this evening in Swinford on Tuesday 29th April 2014. Media are invited to attend the presentation.
The author John Callow, the historian who rediscovered the Connolly manuscript that forms the basis of the book, is speaking in at the Jim Connell Festival in Kells on Friday evening May 2nd and at the Linen Hall in Belfast on Tuesday 6th. Media are invited to attend these events.
The 304 page book is based on a collection of previously unseen manuscripts by the great Irish revolutionary and trade union leader, James Connolly. The book, containing family papers and writings in Connolly's own hand - that were once believed to have been lost- are in the Marx Memorial Library in London.
James Connolly & the Re-Conquest of Ireland, profusely illustrated with original documents and photographs, and with specially commissioned artwork, explores Connolly's conception of nationhood, its loss and the continuing quest for social justice.
The publication of the book was supported by GMB, RMT, SIPTU and the Jim Connell Society. The Kells based Jim Connell Society looks after the monument to the Red Flag author in Crossakeil Co Meath. The Jim Connell Society annual free Mayday festival showcasing the values embodied in that anthem takes place in Kells and Crossakeil this weekend 2nd to 5th May. For details call the number below.
The details of the presentation are as follows:
At 7.30pm sharp Tuesday 29th April
Paul Maloney, Swinford born Regional Secretary of the GMB, will present the Fianna Fail leader with a copy of James Connolly & the Re-Conquest of Ireland and Micheal Martin will welcome the publication of the book.
The book is on sale at Easons and other selected bookshops in UK and Ireland and online at www.jamesconnollyre-conquestofireland.org or by mail order at the above prices plus p and p. email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sam Pella at 00 44 1632 636602. Copies of the book will soon become available for sale in Mellets Newsagents, Market Street, Swinford. The retail price is £20 or Euro 23.50 plus p and p where applicable.
Paul Maloney, Regional Secretary for South East of England, said “I am delighted to present this book to Michael Martin at an event that will help to bring the material in this book to a wider public marking the centenary of a series of events important to Irish history.
The book reproduces the manuscript of Connolly’s last major work, together with other documents that shed light upon his re-envisioning of Irish history and culture, the struggle for women's rights, and the fight to achieve an independent and socialist Ireland.
The book brings to life that the labour and trade union movement is one of the oldest and long running political institutions in Ireland - older than the either Fianna Fail or Fine Gael parties. The book sets out the crucial role the labour movement played at a critical juncture in Irish history.
GMB played a part in that history. GMB recall that it was Adolphus Sheilds, the Dublin organizer of the Gasworkers- forerunner of GMB- that was instrumental in bringing James Connolly from Scotland to Ireland in May 1896 as organizer of the Dublin Socialist Club.
GMB continues represent workers in the UK and Ireland. The 98th Annual GMB Congress will come back to Dublin in 2015 for the first time since the 2nd GMB Congress was held in the city in 1891.”
John Callow the author said “I am delighted to be speaking in Kells and Belfast on an important figure from the labour movement who played a key role at a critical juncture in Irish history.
The Citizens Army, and Connolly’s reassessment of where organized labour in Ireland should stand politically, arose from the lock out and defeat it ended with in1914. This legacy played a key role in the labour movement response to World War One that broke out later that year.
The book reproduces, for the first time, the manuscript of Connolly’s last major work, together with a range of other documents that shed fresh light upon his re-envisioning of Irish history and culture, the struggle for women's rights, and the fight to achieve an independent and avowedly socialist Ireland.”
Contact Paul Maloney 07801 343 839 or author Dr John Callow, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Mobile number: 07946 603325 or Jim Connell Society Brian Collins 087 6829205 or Dave Kearney GMB Dublin organizer 087 3291300 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880