Dub: AFA Ireland 21st birthday weekender


Anti-Fascist Action Ireland will be hosting a weekend of events to mark there 21st birthday on the 5th to the 7th of October in Dublin City.

Text of AFA announcement follows.  We have confirmed over 100 international guests so far from Glasgow, Huddersfield, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Brighton, Leeds, Naples, Rome, Venice, Toulouse, Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, Malmo, Copenhagen, Split, Bilbao, Oslo and Prague .

If you are traveling over, please email us – afaireland21@gmail.com.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/409495845727298/


1. Friday evening

Private drinks reception for AFA members, former activists, international guests and close comrades. A 70+ page pamphlet, ‘Anti-Fascism & the Far-Right in Ireland 1945-2012′, will also be launched.


2. Saturday afternoon

Details: Public meeting on the future of militant anti-Fascism in Europe with speakers from England, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Sweden.


“By studying the development of fascism in other countries, AFA in Ireland has been successful to date, in suppressing fascist groupings before they can get off the ground.

Across Europe, anti-Fascists are trying to adapt their tactics to combat an ever changing far-right.

The rise of the EDL and its offshoots in the UK has led to the birth of a new movement of anti-fascists there with the state responding with the imprisonment of six activists. In Greece, the fascist Golden Dawn party have gained unprecedented electoral success; Italy has seen alarming growth of the autonomous nationalist organisation, Casa Pound and Poland, along with the rest of Eastern Europe is experiencing the continued growth of neo-Nazi hooligans.

As part of AFA Ireland’s 21st birthday celebrations, we are bringing together activists from Ireland, England, Greece, Italy, Poland, Sweden and Germany to discuss the reaction to their domestic fascist threats and in the face of these, the future for militant anti-fascism across Europe. As well as info-sharing, this meeting will serve to build closer links between activists over for the weekend.”

Venue: Main Hall, Teachers Club (36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1)
Time: 3pm-5pm


3. Saturday night

Details: Concert with leading Irish, Scottish and English ska, reggae, punk and Oi! bands and DJs.
Venue: The Grand Social (35 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1)
Time: 8pm – 3am


No tickets. Doors open at 7:45pm. First band on at 8:00pm sharp. Capacity is just under 250. We know that we’re going to fill the place so to ensure entry, please get down early. You’ve be warned!

The Wakes (Folk n Roll from Glasgow). Sample tune.
The Freebooters (Ska/Street Punk from Dublin, Wexford & London). Sample tune.
The Bionic Rats (Rude boy ska from Dublin) Sample tune.
Costello (Hip Hop from Dublin) Sample tunes.
Section 4 (Punk from Mayo) Sample tune.

Maley (Ska/Reggae. Kids United Collective, Glasgow)
Calum (Ska/Reggae. Moonstomp, Leeds)
Mullers (Northern Soul. Galway)
Dotsie (Dancehall/Reggae. Worries Outernational/Reggae Fever, Dublin)
Traycee (Ska/Reggae. A Trip to Oi! Town Zine, Dublin)
Carax (Punk/Ska/Soul. Punky Reggae Party, Dublin)


4. Sunday afternoon

Details: Guided anti-Fascist and radical history walking tour of Dublin.
Venue: Meet at Jim Larkin statue, O’Connell Street
Time: 2:30pm

Details: Unveiling of plaque, by Independent Cllr. Cieran Perry (Dublin Central), dedicated to Irish who fought Franco and all those since who have taken up the fight against Fascism. Manus O’Riordan (historian & author) and Tom Redmond (Communist Party of Ireland) will also be speaking.
Venue: Connolly Books (43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2)
Time: 4:00pm.

Details: Unveiling of mural to International Brigadier Bob Doyle who was born nearby in the area by close friend and historian Harry Owens.
Venue: Cobblestone Pub (77 King St North, Smithfield, Dublin 7)
Time: 6:00pm.

Details: Trad/ballad session with Rónán Ó Snodaigh (Kila), Ciaran Murphy, Lynched, Pol MacAdaim and more.
Venue: Cobblestone Pub (77 King St North, Smithfield, Dublin 7)
Time: Immediately after mural unveiling. 6:30pm ish.