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Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement

Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets have always been central, almost sacred, forms of communication within Irish republican political culture. While social media is becoming the primary ideological battleground in many democracies, Irish republicanism steadfastly expresses itself in the traditional forms of activist journalism.

Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters is a long-term analysis of the development of Irish republican activist media since 1998 and the tumultuous years following the end of the Troubles. It is the first in-depth analysis of the newspapers, magazines and online spaces in which the differing strands of Irish republicanism developed and were articulated during a period where schism and dissent defined a return to violence.

Based on an analysis of Irish republican media outlets as well as interviews with the key activists that produced them, this book provides a compelling long-term snapshot of a political ideology in transition. It reveals how Irish Republicanism was moulded by the twin forces of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the violent internal ideological schism that threatened a return to the ‘bad old days’ of the Troubles.

This book is vital for those studying Irish politics and those interestedin activism as it provides new insights into the role that modern activist media forms have played in the ideological development of a 200-year-old political tradition.

Handling urban overflows

handled as customers rather than inmates, state subjects, or patients, in competition with other travel corporations and institutions. Situations in which people or goods piled up, crowded places, and congestions, standstills, and jams had to be dealt with and avoided. How were crowds of customers to be handled in transit spaces like the urban railway station? What happened when strangers with different cultural and social backgrounds were confronted with the necessity of dealing with one another? Managing vast numbers of travelers called for new logistics, services

in Overwhelmed by overflows?
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The families of craft, clerical and service workers

at Walton. Milford and Brocton became a much busier place when the passenger station opened in 1877.104 The locality was, and remains, a favourite local beauty spot, and hoards of people came on the train from Stafford, Rugeley and elsewhere. Henry’s work at Milford signal box was hard, particularly for a man with one arm and now in his middle age. It was shiftwork and this was a very busy stretch of railway. Until an overbridge was built in 1877 he also had to open and close the level-crossing gates on the local road.105 Henry and Ann Giltrap had seven children

in Divergent paths
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Leeds in the age of great cities

: footware and clothing. In common with its commercial tradition and history, Leeds had well-developed legal, financial and business services, including the only provincial stock exchange. Transport links were improved still further with the coming of the railways and Leeds was served by three stations: Leeds New, Central and Wellington Street. The railways altered the fabric of the city centre, not only through the building of stations but also through embankments and viaducts which altered the skyline. In terms of the growth of the Jewish community, the building of the

in Leeds and its Jewish Community
John Jennison and the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens

. Jennison brought out an advertisement for the Zoological Gardens at Belle Vue, thanking the public for their liberal support, and detailing additional attractions. Notably, a quadrille band, conducted by the Cambrian family, which had proved very successful at Higher Broughton, was available every day during Whitsun week.27 More significantly Jennison laid emphasis on the importance of transport to the zoo: excursions were laid on for large parties by railway for 3d. The Longsight railway station, which had initially disappointed Jennison by being located too far from

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Ashton or Hurst and he will tell you’.19 The reporter asked the porter at Ashton train station and, sure enough, he gave directions to Ingham’s home almost two miles away. As a boy, Ingham had played football in the fields at Hurst: ‘far away over fences and d ­ itch – ­often by moonlight’, and as he developed he became ‘a centre half-­back, standing over six feet, teetotal for thirteen years because he wanted to keep fit, walking two miles to his work, walking at night with the Hurst team for training purposes, playing fifteen seasons without missing a single Saturday

in The emergence of footballing cultures
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The imperial metropolis of Heart of Darkness

dying Kurtz can think of nothing but the metropole, in fact, dreaming of a return journey in which kings meet him at railway stations. chapter1 21/12/04 11:07 am Page 35 Tale of the city 35 Kurtz’s images of wealth and fame significantly include ‘my ideas’ along with ‘My Intended’, ‘my station’, ‘my career’: The wastes of his weary brain were haunted by shadowy images now – images of wealth and fame revolving obsequiously round his unextinguishable gift of noble and lofty expression. My Intended, my station, my career, my ideas – these were the subjects for the

in Postcolonial contraventions
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-­under-­Lyne, Waterhouses being situated north-­west of the town. The area has been transformed somewhat since 1846, with Charlestown becoming subsumed into the modern Ashton townscape while Waterhouses forms part of the Daisy Nook country park, close to the former Hollinwood Canal. Long Tom Kershaw was the son of the landlord of the Old Ship Inn.29 It is worth noting at this point that Charlestown was part of the railway line that connected Manchester with Sheffield and that Charlestown railway station, present-­day Ashton-­under-­ Lyne station, had opened earlier that year. This may

in The emergence of footballing cultures

and he had not been long in Stafford before, in 1841, he married a local Catholic woman, Susannah Follows. She was a servant from a humble family in Bednall, four miles south of Stafford, and the marriage was one of social equals. Even so, with his job on the railway, Robert and Susannah could aspire to modest security. They had four children in the 1840s, and in 1851 were living in a small house in Mill Bank, five minutes’ walk from the station. Two of Susannah’s young relatives, Charles and Susan Follows, were also living with them, the former listed as a

in Divergent paths
The 1940s to the 1960s

enabled him to be demobilised in Australia, where he thought he would stay; unsettled in Sydney, he changed his mind in time to return home courtesy of the navy. Back in Manchester he nursed an ambition 30  Migration from austerity to prosperity to become a railway station-master, realising, at least, an upward transition from manual to white-collar employment. Moving through the rigid railway ranks, by 1951 he achieved his ambition; he also married Helena, who was pregnant with their first child when frustrations at work caused him again to look further, this time to

in Migrants of the British diaspora since the 1960S