IRSCNA: Troy Connolly Memorial Archives Donated to the Linen Hall Library

Danielle Ni Dhighe danielle at irsm.org
Fri Sep 26 05:27:28 MDT 2003


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

25 September 2003
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America

Troy Connolly Memorial Archives Donated to the Linen Hall Library

The Linen Hall Library of Belfast, who maintain an exceptional
collection of documents related to the history of Irish
republicanism, as well as Irish political thought and action in
general, were the recipients of archival material related to the
erection of a statue of James Connolly in Troy, New York. Troy is
where Connolly lived during a significant portion of his time spent
in the United States as an activist with the Socialist Labor Party,
the Industrial Workers of the World, and the Irish Socialist
Federation, and the erection of the bust of Connolly was an
undertaking of trade union and Irish organisations in tribute to
Connolly's contribution to the working class struggle in both Ireland
and the United States.

The archival material was donated to the Irish Republican Socialist
Party, who in turn donated these materials to the Linen Hall Library,
thereby making them available to the public for purposes of research.
We have been told that the Linen Hall Library staff "are over the
moon" over the gift from the IRSP of the materials from Troy.

We in the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America, who
acted as intermediaries, are in turn grateful to those involved in
the erection of the monument to Connolly in Troy for having entrusted
us with their archives and hope that they will be gratified that
their archives have achieved a final home, where they will be
appreciated for years to come.

It is the intention of the IRSCNA to eventually initiate an annual
commemoration in honour of Connolly at the site of the statue in Troy.

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Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
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San Francisco CA 94114 USA
E-Mail: irsp at netwiz.net
Phone/Fax: 415-861-1355
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