The Hidden Connolly 2

In Issue 2 (May 1998) we continued to publish articles by James Connolly which had never appeared since his execution. “Soldiers of the Queen” [Workers’ Republic, 15 July 1899] The opprobrious epithet “hired assassins,” so often applied to the Army by Socialist propagandists, seems to many people in Ireland—accustomed as they are to the double-dealing … Continue reading The Hidden Connolly 2

Unfurling Red Banner

In November 1997 the first issue of Red Banner opened like this: Red Banner is a revolutionary socialist magazine. If you are sick of the way the world is run, then Red Banner is for you. We intend to present socialist ideas to as many people as we can, and to develop and apply those … Continue reading Unfurling Red Banner

Revolution in legend and reality

In March 2016 Red Banner bowed out with Issue 63, which featured the first English translation of this article by Victor Serge. The Russian-Belgian revolutionary Victor Serge (1890-1947) lived in Russia from 1919, witnessing the triumphs and tragedies of its revolution. As well as working for the revolution within Russia, he attempted to win over … Continue reading Revolution in legend and reality

The case of Michael Fennell

In Issue 62 (December 2015) Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh unearthed the story of a man jailed for innocently opposing war. Someone must have been saying things about Michael Fennell because, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested one day, on 18 April 1915 on Shelbourne Road in Ballsbridge. While the area has often served as … Continue reading The case of Michael Fennell

Oh, what a lovely war?

Maeve Connaughton marked the centenary of the first world war in Issue 58 (December 2014). Listening to much of the standard media coverage of the first world war’s centenary, you get a scratchy feeling at the back of the throat, and a certain tightness in the lungs. No doubt about it: this time round, the … Continue reading Oh, what a lovely war?


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