Manuscript transcript of song ‘Republicans are We’ to the air of ‘The Soldiers’ Song’. The first verse reads: ‘When bravely we’d fought our land to free Our Tricolour flying o’ar us, The ancient foe for peace did seek, From I.R.A. victorious Our envoys went to London town And there, let our Republic down; But still, till Freedom battle’s won Republicans are We’.
An image of two inhabitants of the Aran Islands in about 1940. The title of the print is ‘seanchas’, an old Irish word referring to the act of storytelling and conveying an ancient tale handed down by oral tradition. A ‘seanchaí’ was a storyteller or a custodian of this tradition.
The song uses the refrain ‘Up Plunkett and McGuinness! For I want my four green fields'. Joseph McGuinness contested the 1917 South Longford by-election. At that time, he was prison in Lewes, Sussex, for his part in the 1916 Rising.