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Transatlantic defianceThe militant Irish republican movement in America, 1923-45$
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Wilk Gavin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091667

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091667.001.0001

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Transforming the Movement, 1927–30

Transforming the Movement, 1927–30

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(p.54) 4 Transforming the Movement, 1927–30
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Transatlantic defiance
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Gavin Wilk

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091667.003.0004

Once the Irish Republican Army and Clan na Gael became aligned in 1926, the militant Irish republican movement officially became transnational in nature. Soon afterwards, Cork IRA veteran, Connie Neenan, was officially assigned the role of IRA representative in the United States. Neenan’s role was extremely difficult. Notwithstanding the restricting communication conditions of the time, he was forced to contend with and balance a variety of internal and external forces. Overall, Neenan and a dedicated supporting cast of committed IRA veterans across the US proved especially capable. This chapter examines how a core group of IRA veterans led the revitalisation of the US-based militant republican movement. It pays particular attention to the individual lives of the IRA veterans in the US and their collective activism which guided and strengthened the Clan.

Keywords:   Connie Neenan, Clan na Gael, Irish Republican Army, IRA veterans, revitalisation, individual lives, activism, collective

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