Under Which Flag
Connolly was a prominent Irish republican, unionist, and union organiser who with James Larkin established the Irish Labour Party, and founded union offices in Sailortown at the turn of the 20th century. Connolly was a leader of the Easter Uprising, a role for which he was executed at Kilmainham Goal in 1916.
Heavily influenced by Marx and Engels, alongside Connollys organisational work he published a huge number of texts and polemics, among which are a many of poems and plays from the socialist and union tradition, among which this: Under Which Flag, was thought lost for many decades.
This dramatic reading of Under Which Flag at the Duncairn Arts Centre was a coproduction of the Shared History interpretative Project (SHIP) in conjunction with SIPTU, Irish Equity, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the James Connolly Visitors Centre.
The cast of Irish Equity actors were led by Sabina Coyne-Higgins and included Brendan Conroy, Donna Anita Nikolaisen, Frank O’Sullivan, John Cronin and Steve Gunn. Direction and production was by Equity President, Padraig Murray and Bryan Murray narrated. SIPTU Deputy General Secretary presided, with Ethel Buckley, and the performance is closed closed by Labour Historian and Musician Union of Ireland Executive member Francis Devine