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The Blanket - A Journal of Protest & Dissent

Thank You

Robert W. White, Dean, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and
Margaret C. White, Cathedreal •
18 May, 2008

Imagine that you are interested in Irish Republicanism and you seek information on the years 1917-18, or 1923-38, or 1946-1955, or 1963-68 -- the interwar years.  In these years the stage was set for the Tan War, the ‘40s Campaign and the Border Campaign, and the founding of the Provisionals.  The war years dominate the literature, but the interwar years are essential for understanding IRA campaigns and their effects. 

For example, the more information we have on the years 1946-55, the more we understand IRA Chief of Staff Tony Magan’s unwillingness to recognize Dáil Éireann, de facto or de jure, why it was not until after the Omagh raid in 1954 that Magan and Tomás MacCurtáin called a meeting of all IRA OCs to explain the Army Council’s decision to vote in General Order No. 8, and why the formally titled “Resistance Campaign” became known as the “Border Campaign?” – in spite of continued objections by some activists of the 1950s.  Lest anyone believes this ancient Republican history (that is, anything before August 1969) is unimportant, keep in mind that these issues were important for people like Ruairí Ó Brádaigh - in 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, and 2002, and, assuming all goes well for the man, 2016.  For those who would prefer to ignore the continued activity of an alternative Sinn Féin, and alternative IRAs, we will rephrase the question:  Would our understanding of the Republican Movement in 1969-1972 be better if The Blanket had been available in 1963-1968?  Yes!

Founded in the spring of 2001 and continuing until May 2008, The Blanket has provided an invaluable service for scholars, journalists, and persons interested in Irish Republicanism who want to know what was going on in front of and behind the scenes.  Beginning with the Provisional IRA ceasefire of August 1994, Irish Republicanism embarked on a new path (at the time, at least, it seemed that the new path started then).  Key points on this path include the GFA of 1998, the Provisional IRA cessation in 2005, and the St. Andrews Agreement in 2006.  Irish Republicanism has never been monolithic (see Tone on the Belfast Harp festival).  Splits, dissention in the ranks, alternative and critical points of view, and informers have always been there (Saor Uladh, Saor Éire, and James Carey come to mind).  The Blanket has provided insight into aspects of Irish Republicanism that traditionally have been under-examined.

Critics may dismiss The Blanket as biased and out of the mainstream, but years from now The Blanket will be essential reading for people trying to figure out what happened between Martin McGuinness saying, “I reject the notion that entering Leinster House would mean an end to Sinn Féin’s unapologetic support for the right of Irish people to oppose in arms the British forces of occupation” (1986) and McGuinness and Rev. Ian Paisley working together as Deputy First Minister and First Minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly (2007-08).  Whether you like or hate The Blanket, those of us interested in understanding and interpreting modern Irish Republican must thank Carrie Twomey and Anthony McIntyre for their efforts.















































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Index: Current Articles


18 May 2008

Other Articles From This Issue:

This Rock of Republicanism
Anthony McIntyre

A History of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein:
1970-1976; 1976-1986; 1987-2007
Liam O Ruairc

Gerry, Come Clean, You'll Feel Better
Dolours Price

Strategic Failures Leading to Unease
Tommy McKearney

The Victory of Ideology
Jerry Pepin

The Blanket, One Last Time
Anthony McIntyre

In Praise of A Journal of Dissent
Mick Fealty

A Genuine Platform of Free Expression
David Adams

Folding Up The Blanket
Seaghán Ó Murchú

The Death and Burial of The Blanket
Michael Gillespie

History Will Decide
Mick Hall

Thank You
Robert W. White

Tales of the Vam-PIRA
Brian Mór

The Blanket: A Journal of Protest & Dissent
Carrie Twomey


24 February 2008

Fear Dorcha
Anthony McIntyre

An Dorcha
Richard O'Rawe

Brendan Hughes, Comrade and Friend
Dolours Price

Meeting Brendan Hughes, "The Dark", 1948-2008
Seaghán Ó Murchú

Still Unfree
John Kennedy

An Unrepentant Fenian
Martin Galvin

RIP Brendan Hughes: "The Dark"
Mark Hayes

For Darkie
Brian Mór

The Funeral of Brendan Hughes: Setting the Record Straight
Anthony McIntyre

Irish News Report of the Funeral of Brendan Hughes
Dolours Price

The Resolve of the Dogs
Tommy Gorman

Adams in the Dark
Brian Mór

Weep, But Do Not Sleep
Anthony McIntyre

Hard Times for Gerry Adams
Brian Mór

Tribute to Brendan Hughes
Bill Ashe

An Irony of Irish Politics
Dr John Coulter

Brendan Hughes, 1949-2008: Irish Republican, Soldier, Socialist
Mick Hall

Ride On
Anthony McIntyre

Brendan Hughes
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