From the Shipyards to the Poitín Still – Social Class and the IRA’s 3rd Northern Division

By Kieran Glennon In a survey of the social structure of the IRA across Ireland during the revolutionary period, Peter Hart declared that “’The boys’ were farmers’ or shopkeepers’ sons rather than owners; apprentices or journeymen rather than tradesmen or masters; junior clerks and assistant teachers. Property, money and security, …