Citizen Soldier : From Sevastopol Street to Soloheadbeg – Seumas Robinson and the Irish Revolution
On a cold December day in 1961 at Glasnevin Cemetary, Dublin, full Military honours were rendered at the funeral of veteran IRA Leader Commandant General Seamus Robinson. Amongst the very large attendance was the then President Eamon de Valera, the Taoiseach Sean Lemass, members of the Irish Government and both houses of the Oireachtas.
Oscar Traynor, onetime Officer Commanding the Dublin Brigade IRA and a former Minister for Justice, said in a graveside oration that no writer of the history of Ireland’s latest fight for freedom could ignore the deeds for which Seumas Robinson was responsible or the valour with which they were carried out. “It can be truly said that no member of the Irish Republican Army, whether Officer or Volunteer, could have exceeded the service given by him. He not only planned the actions which tool place under his command but insisted on personally seeing them carried out”.
A marginalised and forgotten figure, Robinson’s contribution to the events spanning the period of the Irish Revolution and his journey from working class origins in industrial Belfast and Glasgow to his participation in the Easter Rising and his subsequent involvement in the Campaign for Independence from 1919 through the Civil War is examined in this book for the first time.
Daniel Jack is a community activist who hails from the Clonard area of West Belfast. He has a deep-seated family connection to the district, including a relationship through his maternal lineage to Seumas Robinson. Daniel possesses a keen interest in Irish and local history with a particular emphasis on the development of Irish Republicanism in the early twentieth century. H is also a founding memeber of Aras Ui Chonghaile