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The Irish Spark

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Bringing you a progressive worker’s perspective through interviews, conversations and readings.

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#42 - Vijay Prashad gives James Connolly Memorial Lecture

October 2nd, 2021


The James Connolly Memorial Lecture 2021 will be given by world renowned historian, journalist and Marxist scholar Professor Vijay Prashad. He is an …

#41 - Connolly Books & 100 Years Of Communism In Ireland

September 18th, 2021


Hosted by Three Castles Burning 

Historian Donal Fallon sits down with Eugene McCartan of the Communist Party of Ireland to discuss the history of …

#40 - A Night In w/ Lethal Dialect, Emmet Kirwan, Handsome Paddy & others

September 4th, 2021


Recorded live at The New Theatre 

Tune in for a spoken word and poetry session curated by Emmet Kirwan with guests. Rapper Lethal Dialect takes to …

#39 - Working In The Arts Post-Covid

August 21st, 2021


Hosted by Trade Union Left Forum 

The Arts industry has been on its knees since the onset of Covid-19. With venues, festivals and many other artistic outlets shut down, the future for the arts and artists in Ireland has …

#38 - Carson's Crumbling Creation

August 7th, 2021


Hosted by Peadar O'Donnell Socialist Republican Forum 

Established a century ago and now, the future of the Six County political entity has never …

#37 - Northern Ireland, Built By The Empire

July 24th, 2021


Hosted by Peadar O'Donnell Socialist Republican Forum 

A century ago, the political entity that is Northern Ireland was established through a …

#36 - Take The Axe To The Root: Capitalism, Patriarchy and Violence

July 10th, 2021


James Connolly Festival 2021 - Roundtable Discussion  

There is a long-established link between economic crises and increases in gender-based …

#35 - Building Communities, Fighting Racism

June 26th, 2021


Workers in Ireland are faced with a number of important struggles in 2021. Not least among these, the resurgence of far right politics, racism and …

#34 - Football Privatisation: Can Member Owned Clubs Prosper?

June 12th, 2021


Hosted by Bang Bang Cafe. We launch the 2021 James Connolly Festival with a discussion around the privatisation of football and pose the question: …

#33 - Economics for workers: w/Michael Roberts, Marxist Economist

May 29th, 2021


Michael Roberts, worked in the City of London as an economist for over 40 years. He has closely observed the machinations of global capitalism from within the dragon’s den. Since retiring, he has written several books. …

#32 - Economics for workers: w/John Smith, Marxist Economist

May 15th, 2021


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John Smith is a marxist economist, researcher and author. He has written extensively on the issues of imperialism and super-exploitation both in his book "Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century" and …

#31 - Mujeres Revolucionarias: The Role of Women in Cuba

May 1st, 2021


We welcome Carole Regan, Women's Organiser for the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

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#30 - Climate Extinction: Democracy, Sovereignty & Imperialism

April 17th, 2021


Interview with Dr. Paul Oquist, Minister of Presidency & National Policies, Nicaragua.

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#29 - The Historical and Structural Origins of Racism in the USA Today - the Role of Settler Colonialism

April 3rd, 2021


Interview with Gerald Horne, the author of "The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism:Roots of Slavery."  and his new book "The Dawning of the …

#28 - Social Partnership: The devil in disguise

March 20th, 2021


A presentation by Professor Michael Doherty, Head of Deparment of Law, Maynooth

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#27 - Women & Mental Health: Raising Marginalised Voices

March 6th, 2021


Interview with Sara Boyce of the Participation & Practice of Rights Project (PPR)

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#26 - Race, Class and Anti-Imperialism in the USA w/Black Agenda Report

February 20th, 2021


Live streamed interview Margaret Kimberley, Chief political editor Black Agenda Report.

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#25 - Venezuela Revolution Under Pressure

December 27th, 2020


Live streamed interview with Dr. Francisco Domínguez, specialist on Latin America, Middlesex University UK

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#24 - Nicaragua: Defending Sovereignty & Democracy during the COVID-19 Pandemic

December 10th, 2020


Live streamed interview with Guisell Morales-Echaverrry, Nicaraguan Ambassador to the UK & Ireland

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#23 - Cuba and the War Against COVID

August 30th, 2020


In this episode we speak with the Cuban Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Hugo René Ramos Milanés. Cuba’s response to COVID has been a model for the rest of the world. We discuss how the Cuban health services is dealing with …

#22 - A Time That Called For Giants

April 11th, 2020


We continue our series of readings with an article from the Socialist Voice, delivered by the author: Dr Jenny Farrell.

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#21 - The Origins of the Climate Crisis

April 3rd, 2020


We begin our series of readings with an article from the Socialist Voice, delivered by the author: Joe Fleming.

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#20 - The Cuban Ambassador to Ireland

December 14th, 2019


To mark the 1 year anniversary of the podcast, we interview Mr Hugo René Ramos Milanés. We discuss life in Cuba in the 21st century and get an insight on the recent new Cuban constitution. Thank you for supporting the …

#19 - Women, Power and Politics in the 21st Century

November 7th, 2019


This is a recording of the panel discussion at Friday’s event of this year’s James Connolly Festival which took place in Connolly Books and the New …

#18 - Trademark Belfast

September 22nd, 2019


We have Mel Corry and Stevie Nolan from Trademark Belfast joining us for today's episode. Trademark is somewhat a unique organisation on the island …

#17 - James Connolly: The Coming Generation

August 25th, 2019


Katie returns to perform our fourth reading on the works of James Connolly. This article was first published on the 15th of July 1900. 

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#16 - Donal Fallon: The Irish Soviets

July 26th, 2019


For the centenary of the First Dail Eireann and the Irish Soviets, we chat with Historian Donal Fallon about Rosa Luxembourg, James Connolly, Jim …

#15 - Clare Daly: Venezuela Fact Finding Mission

July 1st, 2019


Our guest today is Clare Daly (TD) who gives us a very interesting account of her fact finding mission to Venezuela.

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#14 - David Gibney: Right2Water

June 1st, 2019


We interview Mandate Trade Union's Communications Officer, David Gibney on his involvement in the largest campaign in the history of the Irish State, …

#13 - Alex Homits: Connolly Youth Movement

May 21st, 2019


Today we interview the general secretary of the Connolly Youth Movement, Alex Homits. The CYM is Ireland's most active and fastest growing youth …

#12 - James Connolly: Difficulties of Capitalism

May 3rd, 2019


Katie returns to perform our third reading on the works of James Connolly. This article was first published on the 16th of June 1900. 

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#11 - The First Dáil Éireann: John Douglas

April 20th, 2019


Today we bring you another short recorded segment from the centenary celebration of the first Dáil Éireann. John Douglas, the General Secretary of Mandate Trade Union will be speaking about global warming for Motion 3 …

#10 - Alex Gordon: Lexit

April 6th, 2019


We talk with British Trade Unionist and RMT rail driver Alex Gordon about the working class’s decision to leave the European Union. Lexit which is the left wing exit of the UK from the EU is a materialist look at the …

#9 - John Hilary: Labour Party (UK)

March 15th, 2019


Our guest today is John Hilary, Head of Trade Policy for the Labour Party (UK). With Brexit looming around the corner, we discuss the possibility of …

#8 - The First Dáil Éireann: Clare Daly

March 8th, 2019


We have a short recorded segment from the centenary celebration of the first Dáil Eireann in Liberty Hall. Motion 2 was announced by Alex Homits, the …

#7 - James Connolly: The New Evangel

February 23rd, 2019


Katie returns to perform our second reading on the works of James Connolly. This article was first published on the 10th of June 1899. 

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#6 - Paul Dobson: Venezuela Update

February 7th, 2019


In this episode we have an exclusive interview with journalist Paul Dobson about the current situation in Venezuela as it stands today. 

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#5 - James Connolly: Home Thrusts

January 31st, 2019


For this episode we have the first in a series of readings on the works of James Connolly. This performance will be done by professional actor and …

#4 - Carolus Wimmer: Venezuela

January 24th, 2019


In this episode, Eugene speaks with Carolus Wimmer who is the International Secretary of the Communist Party of Venezuela. Carolus shares his insight …

#3 - Akiem & Olu: The South African Struggle

January 11th, 2019


In this episode, James interviews Akiem and Olusegun from South Africa. They discuss their country's current political situation in addition to them …

#2 - Paul Keating: Maritime Union of Australia

December 28th, 2018


In our second episode, fellow Irish Spark host, Eugene McCartan, Interviews Paul Keating, an Australian trade unionist from the newly formed Maritime …

#1 - Conor McCabe: Money

December 14th, 2018


In the inaugural episode, James interviews Dr. Conor McCabe on his new book: Money, as well as his thoughts on the current state of Ireland. 

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