Song composer feted annually
Published 08/05/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- I nearly dropped last Sunday's issue of the Sunday Independent. Two mentions of Jim Connell, author and composer of the well known labour anthem, The Red Flag.
Holy moley! What next? Over a dozen years ago a group of people from Meath met and decided to honour Connell, who was born in Co Meath and who went on to become very well known for his poems and books of a socialist nature. These people built a fine memorial to him in the village of Crossakiel and also run a yearly festival to honour him. The British Labour party adopted his song, The Red Flag, and it is sung at annual conference. The festival attracts a large number of British tourists each year and is supported by local sponsors as well as the Irish and British trade union movements. Visit www.jimconnellfestival.com for more information.