The Short-Lived 'Celtic Wolves'
Over this past few years, we have seen a plethora of ultra-right-wing and fascist micro cabals rear their ugly heads in Ireland. Many have close contact with the fascists of Ulster Loyalism in the north of Ireland, the so-called Alt-right in the USA and the various fascist groups over in Britain.
If one were to believe conventional histories and the media, one would be forgiven for thinking that Fascism in Ireland ended with O'Duffy's Blueshirts. There were a few sporadic flare-ups of oddball fascism during the early 2000s, such as the self-styled 'Celtic Wolves' who didn't exactly live up to their self-proclaimed Teutonic warrior image and were severely routed by Irish Republican Socialists when they attempted to take to the streets. To add insult to injury to their image a few country Gardai (Free State police) raided their hovel of a training 'camp' and sent them packing back to their bedsits and parental homes. They had originally planned a neo-nazi music festival back at their pitiful looking camp but their fascist contacts from Eastern Europe thought better of it and hightailed it back home.
Mosley Arrives Home To A Real Fire
Historically, the Irish far-right have habitually attempted to hide their fascistic tendencies using the cover of 'Ultra-nationalism' and single-issue campaigns that they have sought to hijack. After World War Two, some Nazis did secretly migrate to Ireland but nothing like the scale of how they were welcomed in their thousands by the military-industrial complex in the USA via 'Operation Paperclip' and the Gehlen Organization.
Even upper-class Mosley, of the British Union of Fascists, sought refuge in Ireland much to the annoyance of Irish Republicans during the post-war era, buying several grand properties, some of which had a rather 'unfortunate' susceptibility to fire damage. To quote Bernardo O'Reilly in his book Undertones, Anti-Fascism And The Far-Right In Ireland 1945-2012
"Understandably, his presence in Ireland did not please everyone and in December 1953, IRA members, in an unsanctioned operation, burnt down his house in Count Galway. Mosley lost his papers, many BUF and UM internal documents and three family portraits in the fire that left Clonfert Palace as an uninhabitable shell...Up to now, the fire was described in Mosley's biographies, as an accident."
A local resident, with a fair degree of humour was quoted as stating that 'everyone loves coming home to a real fire'
The Ugly Sight of Ireland's Micro-fascists
The contemporary Irish far-right are to a large extent astroturfed and have gained some traction by leeching onto issues such as the abortion referendum, immigration, Islamophobia, 5G myths and the rump of the seriously disturbed anti-vaccination cabal.
Despite the racist hyperbole these micro-fascist groups spout over immigration, in a recent RTE exit poll at the 2020 General Election, 'it was found that immigration was the most important issue for just 1 per cent of respondents.
During the recent plebiscite to repeal laws outlawing abortion in Ireland, the American and British far-right was actively involved in funding campaigns against the legislation, conducting cyber campaigns and even travelling to Ireland to act as agent provocateurs.
The Neo-Nazi Irish National Party
Neo-Nazi Pegida Organization Get Chased Out of Dublin
Beating The Fascists: : The Untold Story of Anti-Fascist Action by Birchall, Sean (2010)
Donegal-based fascist Niall McConnell with notorious Ulster Loyalist Jim Dowson and former BNP MEP, Nick Griffin
Current Irish fascist micro-groups such as the neo-nazi Herman Kelly's 'Irish Freedom Party' and McConnell's 'Siol na hÉireann' (Seed of Ireland) are intrinsically linked to Ulster Loyalism, despite their self-proclaimed 'Irish Nationalism'.
'Among those in the milieu is the Donegal based activist Niall McConnell, originally operating under the moniker ‘The Irish Patriot’ before founding his own umbrella organisation Siol na hÉireann (Seed of Ireland) earlier this year, around the time of his unsuccessful run in the February election.
Initially performing a useful function interviewing and networking with a variety of right wing personalities in Ireland, as well as doing strategic confrontations of liberal politicos at public events, it has gradually become self-evident to many that McConnell has fallen under the spell of Jim Dowson'
Strange bedfellows for supposed Irish nationalists! Dowson's antecedents are long and murky with not just well-documented links to loyalist and fascist violence but also serious allegations of theft and fraud.
Loyalist Jim Dowson with National Party fascist Hermann Kelly and British Soldier Rowan Croft aka 'Gran Torino'
Loyalist fascist Jim Dowson - An Organizer of Irish Far-Right Micro-groups
Thankfully, in Ireland, there has always been a strong anti-fascist sentiment, especially among Irish Republicans. During the Spanish Civil War, the Irish Republican Socialists of the International Brigades in their section the Connolly Column fought fearlessly in Spain against Franco's fascism and in defence of the Spanish Republic.
This tradition has never been found wanting when fascism attempts to raise its ugly head here in Ireland. The micro-fascist groups took advantage of Covid19 legislation to attempt to portray themselves as having significant support in numbers, a classic case of astroturfing when they have no grassroots support.
When I asked a Dublin local what she thought of the cabal of fascists making a nuisance of themselves in her city, she stated,
'They are the scum of the earth. One of their leaders is a former British soldier who is probably still on their payroll. The rest are criminals, touts and assorted weirdos'.
The IRSP and Others Send Dublin's Fascist Cabal in Search of Police Protection
The IRSP on Forcing Fascists off the Streets of Dublin
In a brief post on the social media site Twitter, after Irish Republican Socialists literally chased the fascist micro-group in search of protection from the Gardai (Irish police) they stated:
"The fascist & racist National Party under the protection of the Gardai yesterday in Dublin as 100s of anti-fascists chased them into a corner.
They learnt yesterday, it isn't the same when it's a lone, eldery woman and kids.
Nazi Scum, Off our streets"
The IRSP Force Fascists Off The Streets of Belfast
Irish Republican Socialist activists at an anti-fascist demonstration in Belfast.
IRSP Statement - Facing Charges For Opposing Neo-Nazis!
In a statement posted on the Irish Republican Socialist Party's website their spokesperson states:
"In July, the IRSP in Belfast joined with other anti-fascists and evicted the far right from Belfast City centre who had set up a stall and were handing out racist, hate-filled literature.
Upon seeing us approach, the far-right activists fled on foot, abandoning their stall and its contents to which we dismantled and binned the leaflets"
The statement continues outlining how the MI5-tasked RUC/PSNI informed IRSP members and supporters that they were to face criminal charges for opposing fascists and Neo-Nazis in Belfast!
"During the week, PSNI members contacted a number of our activists and informed them that the PSNI were going to pursue charges against them for the incident.
The IRSP since our inception in 1974 have always and consistently remained revolutionary anti-fascist and while the IRSP are well accustomed to such threats from the PSNI, we will continue to defend decency against hate speech in whatever form it comes.
In light of recent pro-racist actions by the PSNI in the city perhaps they should think about changing their motto
PSNI- Keeping Racists Safe"
- Undertones: Anti Fascism and the Far Right in Ireland 1945 to 2012 by Bernardo O'Reilly
Its not solely Irish fascists who are detailed but also their international connections to British fascists, Mosley; American, George Lincoln Rockwell; German, Otto Strasser; plus more. After reading the section Ireland is painted as Europe’s “Argent
- Criminal links of the Irish far-right exposed - Anti Imperialist Action Ireland
The North of Ireland's Loyalist Far-Right With Trump Banners
Irish Republican Socialists Force Fascists Off Dublin Streets
Loyalism and Fascism
There are documented links to some of the Irish far-right groups receiving monetary backing from the Koch Brothers' slush fund which is used to give financial aid to many of the world's most vicious far-right groups. In some loyalist areas of the North of Ireland, there are, bizarrely, even anti-Biden and pro-Trump banners on display.
Pro-British loyalist links to British, European and American fascist groups are well documented. In Britain especially, Neo-Nazi terrorist group Combat-18's members enjoyed joint membership with the outlawed loyalist terrorist group the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) with many Combat-18 members having served prison time for supplying weapons to loyalist death-squads. Ulster loyalists were regular attendees at events hosted by the fascist order of Flemish Militants (VMO) who have since split into the Odal Group and Voorpost.
During the heyday of the British Neo-Nazi party the National Front, joint membership with loyalist terror groups was commonplace. The National Front's football fanzine's biggest sales were consistently highest at Coleraine FC's stadium, the Showgrounds, in north-Derry.
British fascists are regular attendees at loyalist supremacist parades in the North-East of Ireland, especially apex hate-fest, the so-called 'Twelfth of July'. Organized supporters of Linfield FC, the Belfast equivalent of Glasgow Rangers FC, have close links with British clubs with far-right supporters. Confederate flags are commonplace in loyalist areas of the North-East of Ireland due to their shared supremacist pseudo-ideology.
Match Day - Ulster Loyalism And The British Far-Right
Pro-British Fascism in the North of Ireland Has A Long History
Fascists, Neo-Nazis And The British Unionist Minority In Ireland - AN SIONNACH FIONN
- Fascists, Neo-Nazis And The British Unionist Minority In Ireland – AN SIONNACH FIONN
There is an interesting review in the Belfast Telegraph newspaper of Mathew Collins’ new book, "Hate", which charts his journey through Britain’s ultra-nationalist and Neo-Nazi movements, examining along the way their close ties to the militant polit
In conclusion, the far-right in Ireland has and never will receive any significant support in the southern twenty-six counties. Throughout the twentieth century and now into the twenty-first century, fascism will continue to be opposed by all decent people. It is worth noting that some of these fascist micro-groups who claim to be 'Irish Nationalists' have nothing to say about the undemocratic partition of Ireland and they oppose its reunification. The 'nationalism' that these fascist deviants spout is not the left-nationalism that forms one of the three main tenets of Irish Republicanism but the white-nationalism of fascism.
One of Ireland's prominent figures of the far-right, the sectionable and highly mercurial, Gemma 'chemtrails' O'Doherty, has even gone so far as to state that Ireland's most recent armed struggle for national liberation which resulted in the deaths and serious injury of tens of thousands, was a 'false flag' operation and 'staged'. She would be well advised to keep that opinion to herself should she ever muster the courage to travel to the northern six counties!
Ireland's astroturfed fascist groups made a very serious error in making threats towards Irish Republican Socialists and Republicans. Did they really think that organizations that fought the might of the British war machine to a standstill would be intimidated or be found wanting when it comes to forcing the micro-cabals of Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and 'assorted weirdos' off the streets of Ireland? As ever, fascism in Ireland will be vehemently opposed by Irish Republicans and other anti-fascists.
A Word To The New Irish Racist by Ciarán Murphy
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