Merrion Square, Dublin, May 28, 1935

Gott in Himmel.

Sibling of Daedalus writes:

While researching fascism in 20th Century Ireland I came across this photo in the Dublin City library archive published in the Evening Mail in 1935…

It shows (in dark suit) Colonel J ‘Very preposterous’ Ryan, Vice-Director-General of the League of Youth (formerly The Army Comrades Association later the National Guard, then Young Ireland but always known affectionately as the Blueshirts), presenting “warrants of appointment” to officers of the ‘Southern Dublin Division’ at the back of 3, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, HQ of the ‘shirts.

More women than Leo’s cabinet.

Just saying…


Dublin City Library Archive

Previously: Sibling of Daedalus on Broadsheet

22 thoughts on “Heil Yeah

  1. Mary Jane

    Ah Fine Gael, they couldn’t even do Fascism right either….

    Despicable Right-Wing Catholics.


    *looks out bedroom window, spots the lads & birds in the field havn a few cans.*

    Prob the most beautiful evening of the year…

    *draws curtains, cracks knuckles & types ‘blueshirts’ into google*

  3. Rob_G

    Jaysus, I can only imagine the fury-fap that dav must be having at the sight of this photo.

    1. TheFerg

      Blahaha!!!! Shlurp of my pint just went down the wrong way and came back up thru my nose

  4. Joe Small

    The “Blueshirts were Nazis” narrative has to be one of the laziest generalisations in Irish history. This was at a time when mobs from both the civil war parties would regularly attack political meetings in towns up and down the country.

    1. classter

      ‘Tis but there’s enough there for it to stick.

      On the other hand, FF gets a remarkable free pass (even now) for their association with the IRA before WW2 and corruption/criminality/gombeenism afterwards

      1. Rob_G

        It’s gas when you see Sinn Féin supporters taking the ‘blueshirts’ angle, when they invited the actual Nazis over during the Second World War.

  5. mahoney

    Do you agree with this question: for all the atrocities committed etc. the nazi aesthetic cannot be faulted.

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