In Mairtin O’Cathain’s book ‘With a bent elbow and a clenched fist: A Brief History of the Glasgow Anarchists’, there is a short but fascinating mention of James Connolly.
Connolly’s paper, The Workers Republic, was suppressed by the
authorities in December 1914 and O’Cathain writes that it was the
“Glasgow Anarchist Group that took over the printing of the paper … and
smuggled it into Ireland”. Apparently, the police in Britain raided
several anarchist printing presses, including London’s Freedom Press,
but never caught the Glasgow group.
As Nevin backs up his claim with a reference to C.Desond Greave’s
book ‘The Life and Times of James Connolly’, the evidence stacks in his
On 25 May, thirteen days after Connolly’s execution, White was charged
with trying to ‘sow the seeds of sedition in an area which had nothing
to do with the grievances of Ireland either real or imaginary’ and at a
time when ‘a peaceful settlement was being arrived at’. He was sentenced
to two sentences of three months.
This article originally appeared in Come Here To Me!
Detailed extracts on O’Cathain's book 'The Birth of Glasgow's Anarchism' can be viewed on Libcom