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the song / the man / the monument

Jim Connell
(1852-1929)

the man who wrote 
"The Red Flag"

 


For Crossaliel May 2009,
click here

For Crossakiel May 2008, click here

For Crossakiel  May 2003, click here

For Crossakiel May 2002,
click here

For photos of the day and a video of Billy Bragg singing the song, click here

For more about the 
life of Jim Connell 
and the 
history of the song, 
click here

For more about the monument in Crossakiel and how it came to be,
click here

For the song itself, 
lyrics, click here
and  sound files, 
click here

For news of the new cd, which includes several versions of the song, 
click here

For information about how to buy the cd, 
click here

For video of the song being sung at the launch of the cd, click here

For the index to the Songs of Irish Labour website, 
click here
 


On 26 April 1998 a monument to Jim Connell was unveiled in Crossakiel, Co Meath, Ireland on the spot where he addressed a crowd of 600 in 1918.  He was born nearby in Kilskyre in 1852.  He wrote the song "The Red Flag" in 1889 and it quickly became an anthem of the international labour movement.  It has been sung, with fire and fervour, for over a century.  Jim Connell died in 1929 in London. 

Here are some photos of the day in Crossakiel: 
 
 

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Peter Cassells, General Secretary of Irish Congress of Trade Unions, addressing the crowd
 


 


New website for Jim Connell Festival
HS speech from Crossakiel 2009
Come back to Crossakiel 2009. For info, click here
Come back to Crossakiel in 2008. For info, click here
Come back to Crossakiel in 2003.  For info, click  here

Come back to Crossakiel in 2002.  For info, click  here
Come back to Crossakiel in 2000.  For info, click  here
To find out what was happening in 1999, click  here

For more sound files, click here

For the index to the labour songs website, 
click here

An album on cd and  audio cassette entitled 
SONGS OF IRISH LABOUR 
has recently been released.

   What tracks are on it ?  Click  here  to see.

How can you get it ?  Click  here  to see.
 
 

Featured in both are original songs 
       written and sung by  Martin Whelan

Bread & Roses  and  Talk to me of freedom
 

Links to other labour songs websites: 
 

This website is constructed by Helena Sheehan.
             web designs / digital photos by Helena Sheehan
 

Some related  websites by HS:

Has the red flag fallen ?
European socialism: a blind alley or a long and winding road ?
Grand narratives then and now :
150 years after the Communist Manifesto
The fate of marxism     multimedia marxism
Marxism and the philosophy of science: a critical history
     Caudwell    Bernal      Haldane     Lysenko
World views

 E-mail:   helena.sheehan@dcu.ie
 


 
 
 
 

 


For information about Bread and Roses Productions, 
click here

For links to related websites, 
click here
 


 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 


 
 
 
 
 
 


For more about the 
life of Jim Connell 
and the 
history of the song, 
click here

For more about the monument in Crossakiel and how it came to be, click here

For the song itself, 
for  lyrics,
click here
and  sound files, 
click here

For info on the CD, 
click here
 


 

For the index to the songs of Irish labour website, 
click here

For link to Bread and Roses Productions,
click here

For links to related websites, 
click here