1798: The Year of Revolution
Date:May 1998
Organisation:Socialist Workers' Party (see Socialist Workers' Network)
Author:Mark Hewitt
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Subjects: 1798 Irish Rebellion

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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

21st January 2019

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

Written by Mark Hewitt, this pamphlet engages with 1798 in 18 pages. It covers a lot of ground, chapters included ‘Ireland in the 18th century’, ‘The Emergence of the United Irishmen’, and ‘Tone and the politics of the United Irishmen’. Other chapters examine the tactics of the United Irishmen, the issue of Reaction on the island and the Rising itself.

The introduction quotes Connolly who wrote that ‘few moments in history have been more consistently misrepresented both by open enemies and professed admirers than that of the United Irishmen’. And it argues against parties like Fianna Fáil attempting to ’stand in Tone’s tradition’.

The conclusion argues that while ‘Some claims that seeking a common class unity between Catholics and Protestants is unrealistic… the UI showed that genuine unity could be forged in revolutionary conditions’.

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