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Earlier in the week, I scanned up the covers of around 20 political pamphlets (from 1963 – 89) that my uncle passed down to me. Here is the first full scanned up pamphlet – The Teachings of Padraig Pearse by A. Raftery (March 1966)

Paddy Carmody (1927 – 1979), who wrote under the pseudonym of A. Raftery, joined the Irish Workers League in 1948. He became a leading figure in the Irish Workers’ Party, then the Communist Party of Ireland; as author of various pamphlets on Irish history.

It is believed that Carmody started using a pseudonym after he was sacked from Dublin Corporation for his political activity. Though he was reinstated after his union fought the case, he never used his real name on any publication after that.

Below is a short obituary from The Irish Times:

Paddy Carmody Obituary, The Irish Times.

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My uncle Donal, based in London since 1972, is over in Dublin at the moment. Today, he dropped a shopping bag full of political pamphlets into me at work. Spanning from 1963 till 1989, the collection is quite stunning. I hope to scan most of them up over the next few months. If anyone wants me to scan one up in particular just leave a comment.

Teoiric, Official Sinn Fein. (No. 1, Summer 1971)

1916 Easter Rising Commemoraton Concert Souvenir Programme, Cumann na Poblactha. (April 1984)

Northern Ireland: a programme for action, CBGB. (1975)

Bodenstown oration, Martin McGuinness. (1986)

A United Ireland A Working Class Demand, Trade Unionists for Irish Unity and Independence (TUIUI). (October 1986)


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