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To mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday last year, we spoke to Dr. Brian Hanley about the reaction in the Republic of Ireland to the events in Derry on 30th January 1972, when British soldiers opened fire on civil rights marchers, killing 14 and injuring several others. The reaction in the South saw walkouts and strikes, a national day of mourning, the burning of the British embassy in Dublin, and mass protests around the country.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/35-bloody-sunday-reactions-in-the-republic-of-ireland/

Episode 35: Bloody Sunday: Reactions in the Republic of Ireland, with Brian Hanley — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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🎙 New podcast episode:

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/45-one-small-step-by-michael-flavin/

We talk to academic and author Michael Flavin about his novel, One Small Step . Published by Vulpine Press, the novel tells the story of a young boy from a Northern Irish catholic background growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s and the impact of the 1974 Birmingham bombings. We discuss Michael’s own background, coming from an Irish family in Birmingham, which he drew on for the novel, and his research into the Troubles, which also led to publishing the academic article, “Four Typologies of Leadership Applied to a Survey of the Provisional IRA and Sinn Féin in the Troubles ”.

Episode 45: One Small Step, by Michael Flavin — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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in our January activist interview for the Irish Left Archive Podcast, we spoke to left activist, Vincent Doherty.

We discuss his politicisation growing up in Derry; his role in the Derry Republican movement and perspective on the Officials and the divisions which led to the formation of the IRSP; his work with the IMG and Troops Out Movement in England; joining Peoples' Democracy and his central role in the H-Blocks campaign during the 1981 hunger strikes; his move towards Sinn Féin and the influence of People’s Democracy; and his perspective on the contemporary left in Ireland.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/44-vincent-doherty-offical-sinn-fein-international-marxist/

Episode 44: Vincent Doherty: Offical Sinn Féin, International Marxist Group, Troops Out, People's Democracy, H-Block Committee, Sinn Féin — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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Finally, we finished the year speaking to Orla Egan and Megan Luddy O'Leary about their book, Diary of An Activist, which is an illustrated memoir of social activism in the 1980s and 90s in Cork.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/43-diary-of-an-activist-by-orla-egan-and-megan-luddy-/

Episode 43: Diary of An Activist, by Orla Egan and Megan Luddy O'Leary — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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In December, we had a special episode with Alan Kinsella of @electionlit@mastodon.online to introduce Snapshots of Political Action, a new joint project from Irish Election Literature and the Irish Left Archive, which aims to bring together material distributed at individual demonstrations, marches, rallies and protests in Ireland, providing a view of the different political strands and groups that come together in campaigns.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/42-snapshots-of-political-action-documenting-protest/

Episode 42: Snapshots of Political Action: Documenting Protest — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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We returned in November with an interview with Pádraig Mannion, who has been a member of Official Sinn Féin and then The Workers' Party since the 1970s. We discussed his politicisation as a student, and the many activist and electoral campaigns he has been involved in, as well as the politics and development of the Workers' Party.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/41-padraig-mannion-official-sinn-fein-and-the-workers/

Episode 41: Pádraig Mannion: Official Sinn Féin and The Workers' Party — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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We finished our Spring episodes with a discussion of the book, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh: The Life and Politics of an Irish Revolutionary, by Robert White, looking at the history of Ó Brádaigh, Republican Sinn Féin and the issues raised by the book with friend of the podcast, Charles Tuba.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/38-ruairi%CC%81-o%CC%81-bra%CC%81daigh-the-life-and-politics-of-an-irish/

Episode 38: Ruairí Ó Brádaigh: The Life and Politics of an Irish Revolutionary, with Charles Tuba — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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In March, we were joined by Mags O'Brien, who has been active in left campaigns and Trade Unionism since the 1980s. We discussed the divorce referendum campaigns of 1986 and 1995; her experience with the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza in 2011 - which was captured at sea and the crew held in an Israeli jail; her work as a tutor with the SIPTU College and combining her activism and trade unionism; and her edited volume, Left Lives in 20th Century Ireland Vol. 4 –- Women.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/37-mags-obrien-divorce-action-group-gaza-freedom-flotilla/

Episode 37: Mags O'Brien: Divorce Action Group, Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Women and Trade Unionism — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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In February, we were joined by Belfast anarchist Jason Brannigan, who discussed his political background, the anarcho-syndicalist group Organise!, Just Books, and the development of anarchism in Ireland.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/36-jason-brannigan-organise-just-books-and-anarcho-sy/

Episode 36: Jason Brannigan: Organise!, Just Books, and Anarcho-Syndicalism — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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To mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday on 30th January, we spoke to historian Dr. Brian Hanley about the reaction in the Republic of Ireland to the events in Derry in 1972, when British soldiers opened fire on civil rights marchers, killing 14 and injuring several others.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/35-bloody-sunday-reactions-in-the-republic-of-ireland/

Episode 35: Bloody Sunday: Reactions in the Republic of Ireland, with Brian Hanley — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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We started the year speaking to Mark Fitzpatrick about the anarcho-punk scene in Cork in the late 1980s, his involvement in hunt sabotage in Ireland and the UK, and his perspective on the animal rights movement and its relationship with the Left.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/34-mark-fitzpatrick-anarcho-punk-hunt-sabotage-and-animal/

Episode 34: Mark Fitzpatrick: Anarcho-punk, Hunt Sabotage, and Animal Rights — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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🎙 Since we've posted our first podcast of 2023 this week, here's a round up of interviews we did in 2022.

We took a bit of a longer break this year, but still added interviews with some fascinating guests from different strands of the left.

Many thanks to all our guests who have given us their time to be on the podcast, and to everyone who has been listening! We have plenty more episodes to come, so we look forward to speaking to more guests this year, and hopefully widen the range of left activism and organisations already covered.

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We have a new podcast episode lined up for tomorrow 🎙

Meanwhile, if you haven't listened to the latest one, we spoke to @orlaegan@mastodon.ie and Megan Luddy O'Leary about their recently published illustrated book, Diary of An Activist.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/43-diary-of-an-activist-by-orla-egan-and-megan-luddy-/

Episode 43: Diary of An Activist, by Orla Egan and Megan Luddy O'Leary — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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