James Connolly and the struggle for Irish independence

Date: Sunday 21st October
Time: 15:00 - 16:45
Location: Student Central, room 3E
Speaker: Ben Curry

150 years ago, James Connolly was born to Irish parents in Edinburgh’s Cowgate slum. He would grow to be the greatest Marxist ever produced by these islands; an iconic figure in the history of the Irish working class.

Executed by the British army in 1916 following his leading role in the Easter Rising, Connolly’s courage and sacrifice stand out as an inspiration to revolutionaries everywhere. His ideas remain an important contribution to the Marxist understanding of national oppression and the struggle against it.

In this session Ben Curry discusses the life of James Connolly: the man, his ideas, and their relevance for Marxists today.

Recommended reading: James Connolly and the 1916 Easter Rising