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My review of “Stranger in a borrowed land: Lotte Moos and her writing” David Perman (2012)

Thank goodness lockdown is easing and once again I can browse the shelves of City Library in Manchester. And this book is the kind of gem that you can only find in public libraries. The name “Moos” stopped me as I had already read Merilyn Moos’ extraordinary novel,   “The Language of Silen…

Jodie Clark: Proud Cork woman and Irish Community Activist

IBRG march: Spirit of 1916 in 1991. Photo by T.Shelly  Jodie Clark’s involvement in the Irish in Britain Representation Group reflected the way in which the organisation drew in Irish working class people who were prepared to get stuck into grassroots organising. Women and men who experienced ant…

My review of “Memoir: My Early Life” by Joe Mullarkey (2021)

In his  memoir Joe Mullarkey, one of the key members of the Irish in Britain Representation Group , reflects on what it means to be Irish and his experiences of being an activist in key events that affected the Irish in Britain over twenty years. He was born in Bolton in 1942,  but his mother died…

My review of “Feminism and the Servant Problem Class and Domestic Labour in the Women’s Suffrage Movement” Laura Schwartz

Both my mother and aunt’s first job in England  after arriving from Ireland  in the 1940s was as servants. Both of them hated it. My aunt ran away from her employer and my Dad had to return to pick up her clothes and the paltry wages she was owed. The title of this book is ironic: it was not the…

My review of Seeing Ourselves Women’s Self-Portraits Frances Borzello

First published in 1998 Frances Borzello’s “Seeing Ourselves Women’s Self Portraits” has never been out of print. And reading it I know why. It is not only very well written, it is a unique story of the history of women’s self portraiture which is demonstrated with 200 pictures as well as…

My review of Twyford Rising Land and Resistance Helen Beynon with Chris Gillham

Twyford Down was  the birthplace of ecological direct action in the UK and environmental campaigns of today have been shaped by the events that took place there. In this new,  and inspiring history of the Twyford Rising,   it is the activists who tell their story through words, photographs and l…

The Spirit of the Irish in Britain Representation Group continues …..

IBRG as a functioning organisation did not exist after 2005.  Pat Reynolds did continue to be active in campaigns such as Christy McGrath and  put out statements from time to time in the name of IBRG. He continued both personally and politically to assert the rights of the Irish community in Brita…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group, part twenty five, 2005

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. Christy McGrath’s story written in prison 2005 On 9th January Pat Reynolds and Andy Parr…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group, part twenty four, 2004

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. On 17th January Pat Reynolds went to Gartree Prison in Leicestershire to see Christy McGrat…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group, part twenty three, 2003

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. IBRG Website In January the IBRG attended the Irish in Britain Parliamentary Group meeting…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group, part twenty two, 2002

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. Christy McGrath Campaign leaflet IBRG attend Irish Equalities Group Meeting On 10th January…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group, part twenty one, 2001

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. Launch in  November  of a book that includes history of Manchester IBRG. TUC’s refusal…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group, part twenty, 2000

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. Bloody Sunday campaign postcard. Last Bloody Sunday March On 22nd January IBRG branches att…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group, part nineteen 1999

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. IBRG Manchester leaflet 1990s. On 18th January IBRG members attended a public meeting at th…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group part eighteen 1998

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. Coventry IBRG and Leo O’Reilly picket IBRG Reject British Flawed Proposals.  On 12th Jan…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group part seventeen 1997

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. What do you want to do ? New mailCopy 1997 IBRG Election leaflet. On 16th January the trial…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group Part sixteen 1996

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. Manchester IBRG Irish Heartbeats Conference 1996

Killed in El Salvador 3 December 1980; the Murder of Maura Clarke and her Sisters.

Jean Donovan, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel and Maura Clarke Guest post by Geoff Cobb. I am a high school history teacher and author of books on Brooklyn history I also write for Irish American magazine, The Irish Echo newspaper and the New York  Irish History round table journal. My research on Irish pa…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group Part fifteen 1995

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. IBRG Officers before meeting with Mo Mowlam of Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Irela…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group Part fourteen 1994

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. Kate Magee Support Group – one of many successful campaigns. Photo by Kevin Hayes. The IB…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group part thirteen 1993

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. Leaflet was part of campaign to defend Irish community against PTA. On New Year’s Day  I…

The History of the Irish in Britain Representation Group part twelve 1992

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. Kate Magee arrested in 1992. Photo Kevin Hayes. On 18th January 1992 the IBRG Ard Choiste w…

My review of “Five Days, Five Nights” by Manuel Tiago (Alvaro Cunhal)

Five Days, Five Nights,  was written by Manuel Tiago ( the pen name of Portuguese Communist Alvaro Cunhal)  in the 1950s, whilst he was a prisoner of the fascist regime that ran Portugal for nearly fifty years. The story only takes up fifty nine pages,  a story of a young man, Andre, and his esca…

History of Irish in Britain Representation Group Part eleven 1991

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. IBRG and supporters in Dublin at the 75 Anniversary of the Easter Rising 1991 On 12th Janua…

History of the Irish in Britain Representation Group Part ten 1990

Patrick Reynolds was one of the founders of IBRG and played a key role in its history. He is now writing up that history and putting it into the context of radical history in Britain and Ireland in the C20th. Victory day for Winchester Three. Campaigners celebrate at Old Bailey 1990 after hearing ve…


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