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Crossakiel in County Meath, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)
 

Jim Connell

 
 
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1. Jim Connell Monument
Inscription.
Author of “The Red Flag”
which became the anthem of the
International Labour Movement
Born Rathniska, Kilskyre 1852
Died Lewisham, London 1929

Oh, grant me an ownerless corner of earth,
Or pick me a hillock of stones,
Or gather the wind wafted leaves of the trees
To cover my socialist bones,
Jim Connell

This monument was unveiled on 26th April, 1998 by
Peter Cassells, general secretary, ICTU, before an
international gathering from the trade unions and
Labour movement.

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This monument, in memory of Jim Connell is dedicated to the millions
of Irish emigrants who fought for economic and social justice and
helped to build the trade union movement worldwide. The song
“The Red Flag”, was inspired by the London Dock Strike of 1889 and
the struggle to win the eight hour day by gas workers the same year.
These significant events heralded the unionisation of unskilled
workers in Britain and Ireland and their liberation from unrelenting
toil. Jim Connell was also actively involved in the development of the
Irish Land League and the establishment of its first branch in England.

The People's Flag is deepest red;
It shrouded oft
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2. Jim Connell Monument
our martyred dead;
And, ere their limbs grew stiff or cold,
Their hearts' blood dyed its ev'ry fold.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.
Within its shade we'll live and die;
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the Red Flag flying here.

It suits to-day the weak and base,
Whose minds are fixed on self and place,
To cringe before the rich man's frown,
And haul the sacred emblem down.

We are grateful to the GMB London
Region and from Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council,
whose founder members in London in 1889 inspired Jim Connell to write the
Red Flag and without whose support this monument would not be possible.

Workers of the world Unite
R.M.T.
Bob Crow General Sec.

 
Erected 1998 by Trade Union Councils, S.I.P.T.U. N.E.C., GMB London Region, Irish Labour Party, et al.
 
Location. 53° 42.8′ N, 7° 1.221′ W. Marker is in Crossakiel, Leinster, in County Meath. Marker is on Local Road 154, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is adjacent to the Crossakiel Handball Club.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spire of Loyd (approx. 7.9 kilometers away); Kells Union Workhouse Paupers' Graveyard
Jim Connell Bronze Plaque image. Click for full size.
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3. Jim Connell Bronze Plaque
(approx. 7.9 kilometers away); Girley / Fordstown (approx. 9.2 kilometers away); Kells Round Tower (approx. 9.3 kilometers away); Catherine Dempsey (approx. 9.3 kilometers away); The Churchyard Wall (approx. 9.4 kilometers away); Suffolk Street (approx. 9.4 kilometers away); St Columba's Church (approx. 9.5 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Jim Connell and the Crossakiel Monument. (Submitted on February 10, 2010.)
2. Jim Connell and "The Red Flag". (Submitted on February 10, 2010.)
3. Jim Connell. (Submitted on February 10, 2010.)
4. Jim Connell Society. (Submitted on February 10, 2010.)
 
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4. Jim Connell Monument Dedication
"The Red Flag" on Jim Connell Monument image. Click for full size.
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5. "The Red Flag" on Jim Connell Monument
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6. Jim Connell Monument Supporters
Workers of the world Unite image. Click for full size.
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7. Workers of the world Unite
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8. Jim Connell Monument Donors
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9. Jim Connell Monument Donors
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10. Jim Connell Monument
Crossakiel Handball Club in background.
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11. Jim Connell Monument
Looking NNW.
 
 
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