Free app on Irish history

This 2013 video is called James Connolly: Ireland’s Greatest (RTE Documentary).

This video says about itself:

Dec 7, 2012

A new comprehensive documentary on the life of James Connolly. The film traces Connolly’s life from his childhood in the appalling squalor of the Cowgate slums in Edinburgh to the tragedy of his execution in Kilmainham in May 1916. James Connolly — A Working Class Hero is the fullest account of a man who worked single-mindedly for a decent, just and free life for workers everywhere. The film reveals how Connolly was unique among his comrades, a self-taught scholar, a Socialist, a Marxist and the outstanding Labour leader of Ireland.

The Royal Irish Academy writes:

Free App A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

21 March 2013

The Royal Irish Academy, the National Museum of Ireland, and The Irish Times are collaborating with the EU Presidency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Adobe to bring you a gift of A History of Ireland in 100 objects ‘from the people of Ireland to the people of the world’.

It is available as an interactive app for Apple iPhone and iPad, for most Android tablets and on the Kindle Fire, from our website, as well as associated app stores. You can also experience the book on your computer, smartphone or eReader by clicking on the ‘eBook‘ button below. The gift is free to download until the end of March.

4 thoughts on “Free app on Irish history

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  2. 1933:

    In Ireland, bishops were exhorting little children to rehearse their latest poetic homily: “Holy Mary, Queen of Ireland/ Make thy children cling to thee/ From all communistic dangers/ Ever keep our country free.”

    Connolly House had been recently opened as the headquarters of the Revolutionary Workers Groups, shortly to become the Communist Party of Ireland. Groups of former army officers organised as the “blueshirts,” Ireland’s fascistic equivalent of similar gangs in Italy, Spain and Germany, were encouraged by press and pontiffs to launch a violent attack on the centre. Charlotte Despard, a famous suffragette and campaigner whose brother had been lord lieutenant of Ireland, had joined the British Communist Party three years before.

    The Worker carried a long poem of hers as an antidote to the bishops’ malevolence. For her, the despised Irish communists were an honoured band of men and women:

    “With a noble creed to spread/ And in kinship close with all of those/ Who toil for their daily bread/ Gathered themselves together./ To bring the people light,/ To make them see, and know, and feel/ Their miserable plight.”


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