Ireland and the Russian Revolution


  • Colm Bryce


In February 1918, an estimated 10,000 people packed into the Mansion House in Dublin to ‘hail with delight the advent of the Russian Bolshevik revolution’. The speakers included some of the most prominent figures in the Irish revolutionary movement such as Maud Gonne and Constance Markievicz, Tom Johnston of the Labour Party, a representative of the Soviet government and the meeting was chaired by William O’Brien, one of the leaders of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. The Red Flag was sung and thousands marched through the streets of Dublin afterwards