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Thread: Ken Loach to Revive Memory of Jimmy Gralton (1886-1945)

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    Default Ken Loach to Revive Memory of Jimmy Gralton (1886-1945)

    Ken Loach's next Irish-related project may be a movie about Co Leitrim radical socialist Jimmy Gralton.

    Gralton remained stubbornly revolutionary socialist in the 1920s & early 30s at a time when many civil war republicans (via Fianna Fáil) were shedding their radicalism and struggling towards the political mainstream.

    He was finally deported in 1932, a citizen of the then Free State expelled from that state, without crime, charge or conviction.

    He remained in the US thereafter until his death in 1945.

    Director Ken Loach returning to Ireland - RT Ten
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    I wonder how Loach who is a Trotskyist will deal with Gralton's Stalinism?

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    It sounds like real family fun and a summer blockbuster

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    Gralton was just a guy who returned to Leitrim where he was born and reared. He tried to do something for the subsistence farmers of the area. For that he was attacked by Church and state,as a communist which he was not.
    Devilera had him deported from his own country, the only Irishman ever to suffer that fate from the Republic. Odd thing is that he was once a member of FF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin Coir View Post
    Gralton was just a guy who returned to Leitrim where he was born and reared. He tried to do something for the subsistence farmers of the area. For that he was attacked by Church and state,as a communist which he was not.
    Devilera had him deported from his own country, the only Irishman ever to suffer that fate from the Republic. Odd thing is that he was once a member of FF!
    I think you will find that he was!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin Coir View Post
    Gralton was just a guy who returned to Leitrim where he was born and reared. He tried to do something for the subsistence farmers of the area. For that he was attacked by Church and state,as a communist which he was not.
    Devilera had him deported from his own country, the only Irishman ever to suffer that fate from the Republic. Odd thing is that he was once a member of FF!
    But it was all in vain, because FF (and indeed Ireland) were eventually lead by Bertie the Socialist......

    lead into ruin that is....
    Coveney's ambition is the be Ireland's next EU Commissar and Ireland will pay a price as he builds his CV to position himself sufficiently loyal to the nEU empire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewolfe View Post
    It sounds like real family fun and a summer blockbuster
    It might be better than you think - Jimmy was the anti-Christ (according to the RCC), opened an unauthorised (by the RCC) dance-hall where athletic youths and comely maidens could go and misbehave.

    So with the devil's spawn and painted Jezebels, righteous preachers and formerly radical rebels rushing to bend the knee to the latter, get out the popcorn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nedz Newt View Post
    Ken Loach's next Irish-related project may be a movie about Co Leitrim radical socialist Jimmy Gralton.

    Gralton remained stubbornly revolutionary socialist in the 1920s & early 30s at a time when many civil war republicans (via Fianna Fáil) were shedding their radicalism and struggling towards the political mainstream.

    He was finally deported in 1932, a citizen of the then Free State expelled from that state, without crime, charge or conviction.

    He remained in the US thereafter until his death in 1945.

    Director Ken Loach returning to Ireland - RT Ten
    Looking forward to that, fair play Nedz!

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    Kes is one of the greatest movies of all time. A quite unique masterpiece. Nothing else Loach has done really comes close.

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    His film about the Spanish Civil War is not bad - Land and Hope?. It was strongly anti-Stalinist which makes me curious as to how Loach will deal with Gralton who was a Stalinist and would not have been at all pleased by a trot making a film about him!

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