Born on 2nd November 1947 into a working-class family in Belfast, Joe McCann was an intelligent, self-educated young man with a keen interest in Irish language and culture.

Through his readings, of James Connolly in particular, Joe developed a strong belief in the establishment of a Socialist Republic and the liberation of working classes, both Protestant and Catholic (sectarianism was not in Joe’s vocabulary)

To this end Joe joined The Fianna and eventually the IRA proper. He went on, not only to become a great Commander in the OIRA, but a great organiser and inspiration to the working-class people he worked with on a daily basis.

Even to this day he is still highly regarded by those who knew and worked with him, and the pain of his loss is keenly felt.

“Big Joe” was murdered by members of The First Parachute Regiment and RUC Special Branch in Joy Street on the 15th of April 1972.
He is survived by his Wife Anne, his children Feargal, Áine, Fionnuala and Ciaran.

This website is dedicated to his memory.

Justice Will Prevail!

The Earth and all it’s wealth are God’s Earth and God’s wealth. If you own some of it, tis a blessing. But, it is not yours exclusively. You are only the administrator of it for the needs of all.

– The Archbishop of Leeds

2 Comments

  1. i lived i granville street in the lower falls when i grew up there nearly every house had a photo of joe on the wall my dad talked about him with great admiration,also veteran republican margaret mcallister wrote a manologue to joe mccann,at night she used to tell us about big joe,he was a lasting impression in my life growing up in the lesson street area.

  2. John,
    Thanks for your post and glad to here your memories of Joe. He was an inspirational young man. It’s unfortunate that some can see no further than the ‘Terrorist’ tag the British appointed him. He was a true freedom fighter who wanted a free and fair society in which all would be cherished equally. Beir Bua!! Feargal.