The Irish Republic blog hopes to facilitate debate and discussion around the 1916 revolution and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic and their relevance to contemporary Ireland in the run-up to the centenary in 2016.
It will also publish information on the events leading up to and leading from the revolution, on the leaders and the rank-and-file, and it will help provide the context in which Irish republicanism developed to the point of revolution.
The blog will be used to place the Irish Republic centre-stage as the obvious and proper alternative to the discredited ‘Republic’ of Ireland. It will also promote the establishment by popular acclaim of Republic Day on April 24th, the anniversary of the issuing of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic – the opening act of the Revolution.
Tom Stokes is a writer and journalist, and has taught media and journalism at foundation and under-grad levels. He holds a BA in Communications and Cultural Studies and an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University.
He is a grandson of John Stokes, a striking tram driver in the 1913 Lockout and a Volunteer in Boland’s Mill in the 1916 Revolution.
He is the founder and organiser of the Citizens’ Initiative for Republic Day to establish a new national day in Ireland on April 24th, the anniversary of the 1916 Revolution.