An Eochair, No. 8
Date:1974 c.
Organisation:Sinn Féin [Official]
Publication:An Eochair
Issue:Number 8
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Subjects: Prisoners Rights Mozambique

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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

13th August 2018

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

An Eochair is presented as the Bulletin of the Irish Republican Movement in Long Kesh and it takes an avowedly left wing line. Its political orientation is clearly to the Official Republican Movement, and there is a piece on ‚”The Ard Fheis that wasn’t” which describes the Provisional Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Dublin’s Mansion House which “illustrated more than anything the lack of agreed policy in their political wing (I refuse to call their political wing Sinn Féin)”.

There are a range of pieces in it including a page long article on FRELIMO in Mozambique.

There’s another piece on “Why Long Kesh Burned” which describes the events when on October 20th of that year Long Kesh was set on fire Republican prisoners. In it Long Kesh is described as “Europe’s only Concentration Camp”.

There is also a piece on the Irish Small Farmer and poems and illustrations from prisoners.

A very interesting document. Any further information about its provenance, number of issues and so on would be much appreciated.

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  • By: charlie Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:18:00

    Hi there,

    The Linen Hall Library, Belfast, records that at least 15 editions were released between 1973-77.
    They have
    No.1, No.3 – No.14n.d., c.1973, Sept 1973 – n.d., c.1975;new ser. No.1 1977
    Translated that means the first they have is from 1973, and 14th is thought to be from 1975. A new series started in 1977, but only 1 edition was collected.

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:16:19

    Thanks charlie, that’s very useful to know.

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  • By: Joe Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:59:22

    It was ‘revived’, or a magazine with the same name was produced by the Official Republican Movement after it split from the WP. I think that might be in the Archive as well. Don’t think more than one issue came out.

    Thinking about this… this was published between ’73 and ’77. I joined the WP in ’85 or ’86, less than 10 years later, and the likes of the stuff in An Eochair was pretty much nowhere to be seen or heard in the Dublin WP I joined.

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:40:14

    That’s so true, it’s an incredible turnaround. I was in the party a couple of years before you and it was exactly the same. No mention of this sort of stuff. Indeed only Bodenstown and the lily as a link back to that.

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