James Connolly - The Irish Rebel James Connolly (The Irish Rebel) A Working Class Hero, is a comprehensive insight to the life of James Connolly. The film traces Connolly s life from his childhood in the squalor of the slums in Edinburgh to his execution in Killmainham in May 1916. This documentary illustrates a man who worked single mindedly for a decent, just and free life for workers everywhere. It reveals how Connolly was unique among his comrades; a self taught scholar, a Socialist and the Labour leader of Ireland. Contributors include: Eamon Gilmore, Fintan O Toole, Francis Devine, Ross Connolly, Owen Dudley Edwards, Professor Fergus A D Arcy and Dick Spring among others. The documentary includes musical contributions from Christy Moore, Andy Irvine, Adrian Dunbar, Paul Cleary and Jimmy Kelly. International film star Colm Meaney reads from Connolly s work & letters. James Connolly (The Irish Rebel) A Working Class Hero, places a spotlight on Connolly the person, his family life, his struggles as well as his politics. This documentary offers a major contribution to Irish & international Labour history.
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