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For a number of years the Irish Democrat carried its very own 'Connolly Column', publishing edited extracts from the writings of the Irirish labour leader and revolutionary James Connolly. With the arrival on the web of the James Connolly Internet Archive, which contains most of Connolly's major works and journalism, there has become little point in persisting with the column. We are replacing it with a link to the James Connolly Internet Archive. We will continue to publish articles about the life, work and relevance of the great Irish labour leader (below).

The legacy of James Connolly

Oration by Tom Redmond, Dublin District chairperson, CPI, at the annual tribute to James Connolly in Arbour Hill, Dublin, 15 May 2011.

Economics for Workers

James Connolly Memorial Lecture 2009 by John Foster

Connolly and the Easter Rising

The full text of Priscilla Metscher's contribution to the James Connolly 90th anniversary celebration, held in the London Irish Centre, Camden Town on 18 May 2006

Ripples of freedom and the 1916 Rising

Communist Party of Ireland general secretary Eugene McCarten the importance of Connolly's conviction that the working class must take a leading role in the struggle for national freedom and independence

James Connolly, Irish socialist

German-based Irish historian Priscilla Metscher examines the development of Connolly's political beliefs

James Connolly, 1916 and the 'blood sacrifice' myth

Peter Berresford Ellis examines Connolly's the background to participation in the 1916 Easter Rising and challenges the myth of the ‘blood sacrifice’

Republican, socialist, feminist:Connolly and the women's movement

Originally published in 2004 as the second part of her series on the Irish women’s movement in the revolutionary period, Sally Richardson looks at the key role played by James Connolly in linking suffragism and socialism.

The Irish flag

Taken from the Workers’ Republic of 8 April 1916, Connolly explains the significance of the Irish Citizen Army’s decision to hoist the Irish flag over Liberty Hall, the headquarters of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union

James Connolly: for the love of freedom

Priscilla Metscher takes a fresh look at the politics of the labour leader, marxist theoretician and Irish patriot James Connolly who identified the significance of linking the fight for socialism in Ireland to the struggle for national liberation (August/September 2002 edition)

A potent symbol of freedom

Peter Berresford Ellis recounts the history of Dublin's Liberty Hall and highlights its significance as a focal point in the struggle for social, political and national independence in Ireland (Oct/Nov 2001 edition)

Was Connolly an Esperantist?

Ken Keable examines evidence that labour leader James Connolly spoke Esperanto, the international language, and explains it's attractin to socialists and internationalists around the world. (August/September 2001 edition)

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