Fonds RBSC-ARC-1578 - Vancouver Irish Prisoner of War Committee fonds

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Vancouver Irish Prisoner of War Committee fonds

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1.98 m of textual material;165 audio cassettes

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The Irish Prisoner of War Committee formed in 1981 in Ireland. Following the Irelands establishment, Irish Prisoner of War Committees surfaced in Hamilton, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
Throughout its operation, the Vancouver Irish Prisoner of War Committee (V.I.P.O.W.C.) held rallies, hosted lectures, organized protests, campaigned for prisoner rights and the pursuit of Irish Republicanism. The V.I.P.OW.C. also supported other human rights organizations such as Amnesty International.;V.I.P.O.W.C. also produced Saoirse Eirleann a weekly radio show for Vancouver Co-Op Radio.
In 1987, the V.I.P.O.W.C. changed its name to the Irish Solidarity Committee as a member of the newly formed Canadian Irish Solidarity Network. The Irish Solidarity Committee established itself to coordinate Irish Solidarity Groups in Canada and receive representation from Sinn Fein.
The Irish Solidarity Committee also produced a newsletter: The Irish Solidarity News.

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The fonds primarily contains the organizational, administrative, and operational records of the V.I.P.O.W.C. and the Irish Solidarity Committee dating from 1977 to 1994. The fonds also includes 165 audio cassettes of Saoirse Eirleann. The fonds divides into three series: The Textual Material Series, the Saoirse Eirleann Audio Cassette Series, and the Events Material Series.

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The original file titles of the V.I.P.O.W.C. and the Irish Solidarity Committee have been retained in the inventory. To further illuminate the file titles, additional information regarding subjects and materials have been added in hyphenate to the file title. The change of organizational name did not alter the records of the V.I.P.O.W.C. and the Irish Solidarity Committee. It appears that the Irish Solidarity Committee maintained and added to subject files already in use by the V.I.P.O.W.C. The V.I.P.O.W.C also subscribed to local magazines and newspapers including <em>The Celtic Connection</em>. The V.I.P.O.W.C. also received Irish Republican newspapers from Ireland including <em>An-Phoblact</em>, <em>The Andersontown News</em>, <em>Troops Out</em>, <em>The Starry Plough</em>, <em>The Captive Voice</em>, as well as magazines related to Women’s rights such as <em>Iris</em> and <em>Women in Struggle</em>. These magazines and periodicals have been removed from the fonds, but can be located in the UBC library catalogue.

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The editorial work of V.I.P.O.W.C. president, Roisin Sheehy-Culhane, daughter of Claire Culhane, can be found in the Mick Lowe Fonds located at UBC Rare Books and Special Collections. Mick Lowe published <em>One Woman Army</em>, a biography on prison rights’ activist, Claire Culhane, and Roisin Sheehy-Culhane edited several chapters of the biography. More biographical information about Roisin Sheehey-Culahne can also be located in One Woman Army.
The Canadian <em>Ethnic Studies</em> Journal published Sheehy-Culhane’s “Ode to an Orangeman” in 1998. Sheehy-Culhane also self-published a children’s book <em>When Mama Goes to Work: Devin’s Story</em> in 2006.

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Audiovisual identifier: SP-99

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