Internationals in the Irish Civil War

A part of Scottish life for 200 years, Scotland’s Irish community has also been part of the global Irish diaspora during that time. As such it has played a role in the transnational movements associated with the campaigns for various forms of Irish independence. This was vividly illustrated during the 1916 Rising when Volunteers travelled from the west of Scotland to join the rebellion.

This article is a short history of the revolutionary involvement of those members of the Scottish unit of the Irish Volunteers who fought in Dublin in 1916.

What follows below is a short history of the revolutionary involvement of those members of the Scottish unit of the Irish Volunteers who fought in Dublin in 1916, through the guerrilla campaign by the Irish Republican Army [IRA] against the British from 1919-21 and during the Irish Civil War that followed the split in the IRA over the Treaty with the British government.[2]

These sixteen are a small proportion of the roughly 250 Irish Volunteers in Scotland in 1916. This latter figure rose to around 2,500 by the time of Truce between the Republicans and the British in 1921.[3] According to Gerard Noonan roughly 250 members of the Scottish Brigade of the IRA fought in the Irish Civil War on the pro-Treaty side and five died. While roughly 50 fought on the Republican side.[4]

Of course, these figures are dwarfed by the numbers who fought in the Great War. Elaine Mac Farland states that 30,000 Glaswegian Catholics were in the British armed forces in 1916.[5] While Géraldine Vaughan quotes a figure of 15,000 Irish Catholics from Scotland for 1915, that is before conscription had been introduced.[6]

Given that around a fifth of these men had joined Irish Regiments, and that these regiments were heavily involved in British efforts to supress the Rising, it is possible that there were more Glaswegian Catholics voluntarily fighting for the British than against them in Dublin in 1916. Stephen Coyle lists three Crown Forces fatalities of the fighting with Glasgow addresses.[7]

From Bikes in the 1920s to electric bikes in modern day Ireland

History does tend to repeat itself, especially in Ireland! From having the tramlines back in the early 20th century which were then for some reason pulled up only for us to have to lay down the Luas 80 years later which as you might have guessed is a light rail service. This was one of the most baffling things to be seen in this country in a long time. Dublin, a European capital city and now the tech hub of Europe only got a light rail system 15 years ago. For some reason the light rail was pulled up roughly 80 years ago only to be laid back down at huge cost to the state just 15 years ago.

This system was known as Dublin tramways and was central to the famous Dublin lockout which was a strike action in the 1940s. These days with have the modern version of the tramways known as the Luas and it is a great system if it was a little late being implemented in our capital city. Now another new form of transport is coming to our streets in the electric scooter and the electric bike. There is also talk of extending the Luas line out to Dublin airport which is way overdue. From Dublin airport the only means to get into the city or anywhere in the country is using the bus service which is obviously quite slow.

You can get the air coach which links Dublin city to the airport but the rest of the country have to get a bus into the city to then get a bus or train where they are going to. Other forms of transport like the electric bike are also now being seen on Dublin city streets. The electric bike conversion kits mean that you can make your bike electric thus this is another great mode of personal transportation that is now taking off. www.ebikeobsessed.co.uk mention that almost 5% of bikes are now electric which is a huge statistic. Who knows…we could all b flying around in hovercraft in 20 years!

 

Interested To Hear What People Think About Electric Scooters in Ireland?

So this isn’t really a history related post but I am very interested to see what people think on the topic as there seems to be a bit of a buzz on forums like boards.ie and reddit about this topic. The topic I am referring to if you hadn’t guessed by the title is of course electric scooters. For some reason these seem to get people really worked up whether it is defending them or saying that they should not be on the roads etc. I have no idea why this is such a divisive topic so I am interested in and hoping to get some comments on what people think on these.

electric scooter law ireland

I commute about 40 minutes to work each day and the last bit of my commute is a ten minute walk so one of these electric scooters could be just what I need for the last bit of my commute each day. I have read crazy stories about fines given for having these on the roads, not in Ireland but in other countries around the world. Obviously these are piped up by the media or maybe a propaganda campaign by law enforcement to show their tough stance on these scooters.

Are electric scooters legal in Ireland?

I have done a bit of research on the topic and by that I mean I have Googled to see what the story on them is in Ireland. According to one site over at https://www.escooterstore.ie/ they are indeed legal as they require a push off to start the journey. Other people on reddit are saying that they are still illegal and have to be taxed to be on the road. Other sources say that they will be legalised fully soon and that they are trying to figure out the best way of dealing with the new electric scooters.

In my opinion they seem great and I can’t see any downside to them apart from accidents but that happens with bikes too so that is not really a reason to not legalize them. Interested to know if anyone uses them regularly and what the pros and cons are in their opinion? Thanks and I will be back with some more history soon!

 

 

New Irish Independence Drama Available On Your Android TV Box

Netflix have finally released the long awaited TV series known as “Rebellion”. It is based on the real life events of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland in which several thousands freedom fighters took on the might of the British Empire. Each episode is approximately 50 minutes long and there is 6 episodes in season 1. I must say as a history buff I was a little disappointed in the TV series. It does not really capture the scale or the significance of the 1916 rising and instead portrays it as a small band of outcasts fighting for a cause nobody else seems interested in.

Not Historically Accurate:

Whatever your thoughts are on the rising you must agree it was one of the most significant events in Irish history and was certainly more than just a small band of what appears to be children and a few adults in the TV series Resistance. That said it is still worth a watch but mainly because surprisingly there is not many TV series about this period in Irish history which I find deeply disappointing. Also you will recognise most of this cast from the TV series Love/Hate which for some reason is not available on Netflix but it is available on other apps from your android TV box for those of you that have one. If you don’t have one we highly recommend them from androidtvboxes.ie as we got one of them last year and it has almost every TV series on it!

For anyone interested in a more accurate picture of the 1916 rising the film Michael Collins is still the best portrayal of the event both historically and from an entertainment standpoint. Of course this was a big budget movie but still Rebellion just didn’t do it for me and looked like a low budget project. Again this is just my opinion as it does have a 7/10 rating on IMDB but again as a history buff I just didn’t like how the events were portrayed. Let me know what you guys think..maybe I am too harsh!

 

Ireland’s Recent History – Instagram, Teeth Whitening and more!

You might be surprised to hear that the desire to have whiter teeth is not some new fad of the 21st century. You would think this considering how vein our society has become in the last 20 years or so. This is down to a number of things but social media has a been a huge factor in this.

The rise of Instagram in particular has been thousands of now famous “Instagrammers” who make a living off of taking photos of themselves. When typed out that seems absolutely bizarre but none the less it is true. Ireland is no different and we to have fallen into this narcissistic society.

Gym membership has gone through to roof which is a good thing but it is more for the look than the health aspect. To go with this industries like teeth whitening are also booming according to Glorysmile.ie who have reported huge growth in the last few months. 20 years ago guys would not have had their teeth whitened or gone to tanning beds but now it is socially acceptable.

Is this leading to the death of our culture as we all become more and more like the USA? There is an argument for both sides. Of course the Irish culture has diminished rapidly in the last 20 – 30 years. Due to the boom known as the Celtic Tiger we lost our ways in the success that we secured.

It was the first time Ireland has seen such financial success and we did not handle it well by any means which meant that a lot of people took huge losses in the following decade from 2008 when the recession hit Ireland hard. We did not prepare for the bad times in the good times and this should be a lesson learned as again our economy looks to be getting good again.

We hope that great organisations like the GAA will keep a strong hold on Irish culture and so far they have done a great job. Money can lead us down the wrong path but they have kept true to their roots and we hope this continues so we have a strong Irish culture going forward.

 

 

How far Ireland has come?

As 2018 nears its end and we are coming close to celebrating 100 years of independence it is amazing to think just how far our little country has come. Of course being Irish we are biased but we have had a huge impact on the world and that is without invading any countries or any sort of powerful military moves. hundreds of thousands of Irish are now in the UK and it is said that after Dublin, London has the second most Irish people in the world. We then also have millions of citizens in the US with Irish blood especially in cities like Boston, New York and Chicago.

In recent years countries like Canada and Australia are extremely popular destinations for Irish to go and work for a year. Sometimes this is done out of necessity such as when the recession hit us bad in 2008 and other times it is just out of a sense of adventure. New Zealand is another destination that has become popular although not as much so as Australia where the major cities are overrun with Irish. I am not sure if we are seen as a good presence in these places but I believe we are.

Back home Dublin is thriving again and is fast becoming the biggest tech hub in Europe. Dublin has transformed from an old mistress into a thriving cosmopolitan city. Dublin now is unrecognizable when compared with even 25 years ago. We now have the Luas which is the light rail system, the M50 bypass  and lots of employment. Now the tables have turned with many people coming here for work.

The roads have improved tremendously and we have a good bicycle lane network which is well used as well as seeing things like electric scooters and hoverboards being used as a commute to work. Who would have thought all of this 25 years ago? Long may it continue and I dare say no other nation has had a big an impact on the world than Ireland without any sort of military conflict. Ok the USA is the worlds entertainment industry but per capita Ireland still wins!!