|'Blueshirts' Giving The 'Nazi' Salute In Carrick-on-Suir|
I suppose as historians we should always try and keep an objective point of view. Normally this is not too difficult, particularly if we are dealing with events in the distant past. Sometimes we have to deal with people and events that even the most dispassionate will have an opinion on. Such a group is 'The Blueshirts'.
The Army Comrades Association (ACA), later named the National Guard and better known by the nickname 'The Blueshirts', was a right wing political organisation active in the 1930s. Some historians have described them as 'Quasi Fascist' in that many of the rank and file members did not possess a fascist ideology. Personally I feel that the sight of so many people gathered in small Irish towns giving the 'Roman' (or Nazi) salute is a frightening reminder of where the country could have ended up. It is very important that we remind ourselves of the 'difficult' or less savoury aspects of our history as a warning to future generations. Thanks very much to the donor of the images. The 'Blueshirt photos' can be viewed on our image archive.