Mayo Book Launch “James Connolly & The Re-Conquest Of Ireland” In Swinford On Sunday 27th April As Book Goes On General Sale In Ireland
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.
There will be a Mayo launch of recently published book “James Connolly & the Re-Conquest of Ireland” in Swinford on Sunday 27th April 2014 to coincide with the book being stocked for sale by Easons. Media are invited to attend the launch.
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 author is John Callow the historian who rediscovered the Connolly manuscript that forms the basis of the book.
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 and promotes an annual free Mayday festival to promote the values embodied in that anthem. The next events are scheduled from 2nd to 5th May 2014 in Kells and Crossakeil.
The details of the launch are as follows:
From 7.30pm Sunday 27th April
Swinford Golf Club,
Local Councillors and politicians from across the political spectrum, including candidates for the forthcoming local elections are expected to be in attendance. Paul Maloney Swinford born GMB Regional Secretary for South East of England will be the main speaker.
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 email@example.com or call Sam Pella at 00 44 01623 636602. 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 that there is a Mayo launch 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 shows not only that the labour and trade union movement is one of the oldest political institutions in Ireland and but also sets out the crucial role the institution 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 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.”
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 GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880