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Send us a Text Message. Siobhainn sits down with celebrated multi-faceted author Colm Tóibín and learns about his creative process, fun asides, and even a bit of a song. He is a novelist, short story writer, journalist, and non-fiction writer. In short, a fascinating person. Colm Tóibín's novels include the following, in no particular order: The So…
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Following on from the launch of the Workers’ Party nuclear energy policy https://workersparty.ie/nuclear-power-policy/ this week we discuss the state of current climate and energy policy in Ireland, and debate the best way forward for Ireland. This episode is chaired by Èilis Ryan, Workers’ Pary Ard Comhairle and former Dublin City councillor who s…
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In this episode of The Irish People podcast, we’re publishing a talk entitled The National Question in the Era of Imperial Decline by Alexander McKay of the Marx Engels Lenin Institute. The talk was recorded at a recent event organised by the Workers’ Party in Trinity College Dublin. You can find the Marx Engels Lenin Institute on YouTube, Twitter,…
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The Irish People podcast hosted a public meeting entitled "The EU Directive on Minimum Wage: Opportunity or Threat?" on Tuesday, 5th December in Wynn's Hotel, Dublin. Jack O’Connor, former General Secretary of SIPTU, Adrian Kane, SIPTU Transport, Energy, Aviation and Construction Divisional Organiser and Daryl D'Art, Lecturer in Labour Law and Empl…
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Over the past two weeks we have witnessed what can only be described as the ethnics cleansing of Palestinians in real time. Thousands murdered including children, women and medics, houses flattened and hospitals bombed, food, water and electricity cut off, while thousands more have been displaced. This situation did not begin on 7th October when Ha…
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In July 1936 Spanish workers across the country took up arms in response to a right-wing coup led by General Francisco Franco. The Civil War pitted the working class against the Spanish capitalists, backed by Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. Thousands came to defend the Republic from across the world, forming the International Brigades including man…
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“Being the story of twelve months in Hell, told by one of the damned, and written down by Robert Tressell” So read the original title page, drawn by Tressell. For this episode we speak to Scarlett and Sophie Rickard, known professionally as the Rickard sisters. They have created several graphic novels one of which is the Ragged Trousered Philanthro…
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Send us a Text Message. Interesting few minutes of discussion of speculation on what will happen to border, etc. after Brexit Tune in LIVE each week, we broadcast around the world! Saturdays, 11-1pm Central Standard Time. Go to www.1490.am to access the free stream! We would LOVE to hear from you! Shoot us an email info@chicagoirishradio.com, or co…
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Send us a Text Message. Siobhainn & Breege-crazy crazy day. My guests this morning generously stayed on for the crazy ride of doing a live broadcast over YouTube. Ba-na-nas! Great chat from Maida McQuinn Sugrue(Grandma, Tell Me a Story-https://www.amazon.com/Gramma-Tell-Story-Maida-McQuinn-Sugrue/dp/1956823182), author Richie Piggott (Cry of a Peop…
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Send us a Text Message. Ursula Bielski, featured guest speaker at iBAM, sits down for a chat and exchange of ghost stories and happenings. Wonderful story teller; she is a marvelous, generous guest. Ursula has written 12 books, including "Chicago haunts; Ghostlore of the Windy City", "More Chicago Haunts-Scenes from Myth and Memory", "Haunts of the…
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Send us a Text Message. Richie Piggott is a scientist, Irish trad music enthusiast, historian.....and more. Siobhainn met Richie at iBAM(Irish Books, Arts, and Music) for a chat-winding around and about, as these things do. Listen to Richies's story, how he ended up in Chicago, his journey towards writing this important historical book, & some stor…
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Send us a Text Message. iBAM-Irish Books Arts Music weekend at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago draws all that its title suggests! Lucky for me, a few people had a some time for a chat. This episode features actor/writer/spoken word performer Josephine Craven chatting about her main project- Lady Jane Wilde(mother of Oscar Wilde) aka "…
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Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly by Dr Peter Cole tells the story of one of the greatest heroes of the American working class. A brilliant union organiser and a humorous orator, Benjamin Fletcher was a tremendously important and well-loved African American member of the IWW during its heyday. Fletcher helped found and lead Local 8…
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In this episode we talk to historian and writer Liz Gillis about Women in Irish Revolution. Liz is from the Liberties. She is the author of six books about the Irish Revolution including, ‘The Fall of Dublin’, ‘The Hales Brothers and the Irish Revolution’ ‘May 25: The Burning of the Custom House 1921’ and the one we are going to focus on today, the…
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In this episode we focus on one of Irelands greatest revolutionaries, Anne Devlin. Anne is best knows as the housekeeper of Robert Emmet when in fact she was so much more than this. We are delighted to be joined by Mícheál O’Doibhilín. Mícheál is an expert on Anne. He has written an excellent book titled “Anne Devlin: The Bravest of the Brave” and …
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In this episode we focus on a woman who doesn’t always get the coverage she deserves, Elizabeth Gurely Flynn - the rebel girl. EGF was a member of the IWW, a Labour leader, an activist, a communist and founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. She was instrumental in the campaigns to save Joe Hill and Sacco and Vanzetti and was a fierce oppone…
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In this episode, Claire O’Connor is joined by Gareth Murphy, Head of Industrial Relations and Campaigns at the Financial Services Union (FSU), and Dr Daryl D’Art, researcher and lecturer in Industrial Relations and member of the Workers’ Party, for a discussion about trade union recognition and collective bargaining in the Republic of Ireland. Dary…
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In this episode we discuss the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, it’s formation, the introduction of internment and the events of Bloody Sunday. We are joined by Kevin McCorry. Kevin is originally from Belfast and was organiser of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association from 1969 until 1975. He was chief Stewart and on the lorry that…
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In this episode we discuss the Treaty and the Irish Civil War. We are joined by Dr Brian Hanley lectures in modern Irish history at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of a number of books and articles on twentieth century Irish republicanism and is currently writing about the global impact of the Irish Revolution.…
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In a special episode of the Irish People podcast we discuss the recent and frankly shameful decision by the British courts to grant the United States extradition request for Julian Assange. We are joined by Chris Williamson, former Labour MP for Derby North, a close ally of Corbyn, one of the few MPs who fought against the fake anti semitism smears…
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In this episode we talk about the Behan family with particular focus on Brendan and Dominic, their upbringing, their writing and their politics. We are joined by actor and writer Paudge Behan, whose mother was Beatrice, artist, author and wife of Brendan and historian, writer and broadcaster Donal Fallen. There is plenty of discussion, chat and a f…
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