ON THIS DAY: 6 JULY 1969: Jimmy Steele oration, and the beginnings of a split in Sinn Féin and the IRA

There is an interesting snippet of Irish republican history available on You Tube. It is part of Belfast IRA volunteer Jimmy Drumm’s oration in 1969 at the reinternment of Peter Barnes and James McCormack who had been executed in England in February 1940. The speech was a significant gambit in the simmering split within the […]

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