Nov 27 2013

THE GHOST OF JAMES CONNOLLY – Book Launch

THE GHOST OF JAMES CONNOLLY 

James Connolly and Edinburgh’s New Trade Union, Independent Labour and Socialist Movements (1890-96)

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James Connolly’s role in Irish history is well known and celebrated.  However, Connolly also played a prominent part in the ‘New Union’, independent Labour and Socialist movements in Edinburgh. Allan Armstrong, who conducts Radical Walks in the city, has written the first book looking at Connolly’s years in Edinburgh. It includes a Gazetteer of locations in the city linked with Connolly.

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Nov 13 2012

TURLOUGH MacDAID, 1930-2012

Category: Commemorations,Ireland,Scotland,Trade UnionismRCN @ 12:44 pm

 Allan Armstrong writes this tribute to Turlough MacDaid

Turlough receiving a lifetime achievement award from BECTU

Turlough MacDaid, a larger than life socialist and trade unionist activist, who had lived in Edinburgh since the early 1970s, died on 27th October. Turlough, although very much an outgoing person and always good company, was secretive about his personal life. His marriage broke up in the 1960s and his former wife and family left for Australia. It is thought that his father had been a lighthouse keeper from Barra, in the Outer Hebrides, whilst his mother had come from Rathlin Island, County Antrim.

Turlough first became an electrician working in the merchant navy. However, when his personal life took a tragic turn, he moved to Edinburgh. Here he became an electrician working in theatre and a leading activist in what became the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) [1].

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