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Thread: Sean South: Why do people commemorate this lunatic?

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    Default Sean South: Why do people commemorate this lunatic?

    This is not a criticism of the IRA's border campaign of 1956-62 but rather a personnal attack on Sean South. The IRA did have progressive individuals within their organisation at this time but South was certainly not one of them.

    Sean South was a backward catholic reactionary. He was a member of the extremist Maria Duce orgainisation which campaigned for Ireland to become a catholic theocracy. Even the catholic church of the time was embarassed by their fundamentalism. He also campaigned for heavier censorship so that the youth would not be exposed to external opinions. In the early 50s he took part in many pogroms against trade unionists and communists as he believed them to be godless.

    Sean South symbolises everything that was wrong with Ireland in the 1950s. All progressive republicans should come out and condemn him as a backwards idiot rather than sing songs about him.

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    It's a good tune though. Even if it is just Roddy McCorley re-worded.

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    Jaysus, he'd fit right into COIR!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger View Post
    It's a good tune though. Even if it is just Roddy McCorley re-worded.
    You beat me to it - I was just about to say that he's commemorated because someone wrote a pretty good song about him. But he was certainly a crackpot, as were so many people connected with Maria Duce. That was one dangerously crazy organisation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey-Magic View Post
    This is not a criticism of the IRA's border campaign of 1956-62 but rather a personnal attack on Sean South. The IRA did have progressive individuals within their organisation at this time but South was certainly not one of them.

    Sean South was a backward catholic reactionary. He was a member of the extremist Maria Duce orgainisation which campaigned for Ireland to become a catholic theocracy. Even the catholic church of the time was embarassed by their fundamentalism. He also campaigned for heavier censorship so that the youth would not be exposed to external opinions. In the early 50s he took part in many pogroms against trade unionists and communists as he believed them to be godless.

    Sean South symbolises everything that was wrong with Ireland in the 1950s. All progressive republicans should come out and condemn him as a backwards idiot rather than sing songs about him.
    "in the early 50s he took part in many pogroms against trade unionists and communists as he believed them to be godless. "

    Give us a few examples of these pograms, please. I ask simply out of interest.

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    So we are to presume that Monkey Magic, a D4 type Socialist is now an authority on who is, or is not an Irish patriot. Listen gosser, when you have done half of the revolutionary activity that Sean South did, then maybe people will take your musings seriously. You should have joined your buddies in Café en seine instead of posting here.
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    Seán Sabhat also died in 1957. You'd find quite a few Catholics running around back then. Not exactly a shock.
    Compare him to his friend Seán Garland and I'd still prefer Seán Sabhat.

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    Can I ask about the Gaelicisation of his surname? Is it real or is it one of those confections like MacStiofan's? Not having a pop if it is, just wondered when I saw it on one of my dad's old tapes...

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    Sure look at Padraig Pearse, another madman. He was undoubtedly a great and very important/influencial Irishman but he was a nutter. He believed that a blood sacrafice would re-ignite Ireland's nationalist spirit. Even Robert Emmett was a bit of a rogue

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    Every society or organisation needs its myths. Politics is not unlike religion in that respect - great deeds, noble sacrifices, great heros regardless of the historical reality.

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