On Thursday 7 May Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society hosted a lecture by Dr Philip McConway entitled ‘Ernie O’Malley’s relationship with Offaly as an IRA GHQ organiser, writer and historian’.
Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) was born in Castlebar, and having joined the IRA after the Easter Rising of 1916, played a prominent role as an IRA organiser during the War of Independence. He took the anti-Treaty side during the Civil War and wrote a number of acclaimed memoirs: On another man’s wound and The singing flame. During the 1940s and 1950s he conducted extensive research for a projected history of the revolution. O’Malley never completed the project before his death, and his interview notes are retained in UCD Archives.
The lecture took place in Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
From History Ireland: Ernie O’Malley fails to take one last barracks.