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The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers' Party Paperback – September 3, 2009

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A riveting tale Tribune Excellent Sunday Business Post An indispensable handbook Irish Independent Hugely impressive Irish Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Brian Hanley is a lecturer in Irish history at the Queen's University, Belfast, and the author of A Guide to Irish Military Heritage and The IRA 1926-1936. Scott Millar is a journalist with the Irish Examiner.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland (September 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844881202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844881208
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,910,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Claffey on September 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
In December 1968 the Tipperary branch of Sinn Fein proposed to the movements Ard Fheis (general assembly) that ` in the future the Easter Lily be supplied with adhesive backing'. I bet they wished they hadn't.
Easter Lillies (or paper reproductions of Lillies) were worn to commemorate the Easter 1916 Rising. Sinn Fein (and the IRA) divided the following year into two rival factions.
One faction, the more politically aware at the time of the split- and marginally less violent, became known as the `Stickies', based on adhesive backing for their Easter Lilys. This book describes the history of the `Stickies'.

The book is an exhaustive study of the movement, and I was struck by the sheer amount of drudgery and meetings that the political activities took - meetings, committees, resolutions and so on. There was an `education' centre in Mornington, where debates seemed to have raged. The movement became more and more doctrinaire Marxist, and the rage among the left wing between various forms of Marxism is vividly described. The Stickies combined military-like discipline with a political program and were quite genuinely feared by the political classes during the 1960s and 1970s, as being equipped to benefit if the political situation tipped into turmoil. However the book does not manage to convey the sheer unpopularity of the Stickies in the South during the 1970s - I remember in 1979 the party supported the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, when almost the rest of the world condemned it.
The party was known to infiltrate trade unions and media organisations to gain influence and `educate' the masses, but even though this was supposed to be secret, the main `infiltrators' - Des Geraghty, Eoghan Harris - were pretty well known as `Stickies'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2011
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How Fenians turned leftists, and then split into militants and paramilitaries, one faction campaigning, the other operatives bankrobbing, to bring about a 32-County Socialist Republic sounds familiar. But this isn't the Sinn Féin and IRA most know (at least outside Ireland). The Provisionals, who took the media and then political spotlight, split in 1969-70 from the original, then-Marxist republicans, who were forced to call themselves Officials, but their put-down as Sticks or Stickies soon stuck (the way they wore their Easter lily pin) while Pinheads for their soon-to-be bitter rivals more than cousins never did. Brian Hanley's written a fine history of the earlier IRA, in its humbled incarnation 1926-36 after it fell from power after the Civil War and the rise of its enemies as the Free State. So, he and journalist Scott Millar possess the acumen and patience necessary to finally tell the Official's story, after five years of interviews and research.

As with the IRA in the 20c, victories proved brief and setbacks long-lived. The narrative recalls the years of regrouping after the failure of Operation Harvest, a futile late-1950s guerrilla action in the North of Ireland. Leaders entertained a political wing to accompany the traditional "physical-force" strategy. Gradually, as British-trained Communists and radicals coalesced around a Dublin-based core of believers, the 1960s found republicans involved in civil rights, resistance to British and foreign-owned businesses and property holders, and causes that placed the activists more and more on Ireland's tiny far-left, even as many republicans carried the considerable counterweight of Catholic dogma.
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By JORDI BELTRAN GILI on November 7, 2013
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Interesting book and very good quality.a very good item by the people interested in this issue.i recommend to buy it
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