Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

“Medical Kits for S.W.A.P.O.” Collection sheet from Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party March 13, 2013

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Interesting item this illustrating the many international ties many of the Irish political parties had and still have. A “Medical Kits for S.W.A.P.O.” Collection sheet from Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party.
SWAPO being the South West African People’s Organisation who were fighting for independence for what is now Namibia.



Leaflet from Winston Churchill- 1950 UK General Election. February 22, 2013

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Thought this might be of interest, given that its a nice bit of history. (Its up on ebay at the minute) A 1950 General Election leaflet from Winston Churchill.




A selection of US World War One posters October 15, 2012

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From a wonderful gallery of  US World War I posters here



From 1917 “A Message to the electors of East Clare from the people of Limerick… Vote for Eamonn De Valera” August 8, 2012

Two wonderful leaflets for Eamon De Valera from the 1917 East Clare by election. One “A Message to the electors of East Clare from the people of Limerick” and the other “Dr O’Dwyer at Limerick 14th Sept., 1916″. De Valera defeated Patrick Lynch to win the seat. (telegram sent by De Valera to his wife with the result)
Via the Limerick City Museum Site …. (credit to Brian Hodkinson, Museum Curator) Many Thanks.



“Let Lemass Lead On”- 1965 leaflet from Honor Crowley, Tim ‘Chub’ O’Connor -Fianna Fail -Kerry South June 18, 2012

From the 1965 General Election a leaflet from Fianna Fail candidates Honor Crowley and Timothy ‘Chub’ O’Connor running in Kerry South. Both were elected.
The leaflet also has the Fianna Fail slogan from that election “Let Lemass Lead on”
We also have the message to the electorate from Sean Lemass. Which boasts of the progress made to date but that “Everything depends on the country’s agricultural and industrial production continuously increasing..”



post Cuban Missile Crisis CND Leaflet – “Seven Days That Shook The World” February 27, 2012

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A CND leaflet produced after the Cuban missile crisis. It argues that “Britain is to America what Cuba was to Russia: an advance missile base”.


1931 Letter from Eamon De Valera to Irish Press Shareholder announcing that the paper was to be published on the following Saturday January 5, 2012

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From September 2nd 1931, a letter to each shareholder in The Irish Press from Eamon De Valera. The letter announces the launch of the paper on Saturday 5th of September as well as practical ways of supporting the paper.
I’m curious to know if it would have been signed in person by De Valera, the original looks as if it may have been but given the letter mentions 8,000 shareholders its probably unlikely.


Happy Christmas …. December 25, 2011

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Happy Christmas ….
This is the front page of a newsletter from the UK Miners Strike I posted over on the CLR


“Front – Line” Issue 1 – A 1984 Newsletter from the Miners Strike in the UK (Nottingham) December 4, 2011

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Not Irish I know, but thought it may be of interest. The first issue of a newsletter “Front-Line” from week 48 of the Miners Strike in the UK. It was produced by striking Nottingham miners. As 1984 closes they look forward to “Victory in 85″.
I’ve a few more of these that I’ll post in due course.



“Keep Britain British” -Vote No – 1975 UK Referendum on withdrawal from the EEC September 17, 2011

In 1975 the UK held a Referendum on withdrawal from the EEC (there was no Referendum on the UK’s entry to the EEC) . The Referendum asked
Do you think the UK should stay in the European Community (Common Market)?

17,378,581 (67.2%) voted Yes and 8,470,073 (32.8%) voted No.
This Leaflet is calling for a No vote and is published by former Liberal MP Air Vice Marshal Don Bennett.



James Tully -Labour Party -1954 General Election -Meath September 3, 2011

From the 1954 ads for former Labour Party deputy leader James Tully who was running in Meath. Tully who later served as a minister is probably best remembered by the term ‘Tullymander’ in reference to his 1974 revision of constituency boundaries. His record at



Cover and first page of a copy of The Irish Rush Light from 1831 September 2, 2011

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Many thanks to the sender who notes …

Cover and first page of a copy of The Irish Rush Light, a political, Social, Literary magazine the details of which I cannot help you with, perhaps someone who views IEL might help us. That copy is from 1831 and is fascinating and in places, surprisingly forward thinking and enlightened.

Anyone know anything about the publication?



Leaflets from Eamon De Valera 1917 East Clare by-election September 1, 2011

Leaflets from Eamon De Valera from the historic 1917 East Clare by-election campaign. De Valera defeated Patrick Lynch of the Irish Party. Many thanks to the sender.
There are details and background to the campaign here



From 1923 “Vote for Sinn Fein and your own Unpartitioned Republic” August 27, 2011

From the 1923 General Election Ads from Sinn Fein decrying unfair treatment from the authorities. “Loading the Dice -Terrorism all over the Country”.



A “Vote Paisley” Sticker -Ian Paisley -DUP June 3, 2011

An old sticker for former Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley that I got my hands on recently. I’m not sure which election its from although I suspect its probably from the 90s


From 1988 “Civil Rights and Demonstrations in Israel” – Conservative Friends of Israel May 25, 2011

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Not Irish and a bit away from what I normally post , however I figured it was worth posting as an interesting piece of political ephemera.(I’ll be posting more material in due course from the 80s both from groups sympathetic to Israel and those sympathetic to Palestine).
This particular paper was published in 1988 by the Conservative Friends of Israel, a body within the British Conservative Party. Its basically pro Israeli propaganda with questions and answers on “Civil Rights and Demonstrations in Israel”.



A Selection of Old UK Labour Party Election Posters April 22, 2011

Was sent these images (many thanks) of old UK Labour Party posters. They cover all sorts of issues from War to Paid Holidays. Enjoy



“Per l’onore d’Italia”- A Mussollini sugar sachet January 14, 2011

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Not Irish I know but…. A friend was away in Italy and brought me back this a sugar sachet with ‘Il Duce’ on it. Unusual to say the least.
I presume “Per l’onore d’Italia ” is for the honour of Italy but I’m not too sure of its connotations.



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