Centenary of the Irish Race Congress, Paris, 21-28 January 1922

Within weeks of the ratification of the Treaty by Dáil Éireann an ‘Irish Race Congress’ assembled in Paris representing Irish organizations from twenty-two countries. Inevitably the Treaty split overshadowed its proceedings. Did global Irish experiences moderate or radicalise expectations of Irish independence? What legacy did Irish sovereignty bequeath to the historical memory of the Irish…

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‘Dublin Castle has fallen!’ – the handover, 16 January 1922.

Image: Cover of The Handover: Dublin Castle and the British withdrawal from Ireland, 1922by John Gibney and Kate O’Malley, published by The Royal Irish Academy, 2021. ‘Dublin Castle has fallen!’—the handover, 16 January 1922 Under the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, a Provisional Government, led by Michael Collins, was tooversee the transition of power until…

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Robert Barton—forgotten man of the Irish revolution?

Robert Barton—forgotten man of the Irish revolution? Of the five plenipotentiaries who signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6 December 1921 most attention has been focused on the motivations and actions of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith—and on ‘the plenipotentiary who wasn’t’, Eamon de Valera. But what about the other three—Eamon Duggan, George Gavan Duffy and…

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Dev and the Banner, 1917-26

On 10 July 1917 Eamon de Valera won a by-election in East Clare, one of a series of victories for Sinn Féin in the run-up to their landslide victory in the general election of December 1918. He would continue to represent the county in the Dáil until his election to the presidency in 1959. What…

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The Treaty—good deal or bad deal?

Available from Monday 6th December. The Treaty—good deal or bad deal? Was the Treaty ‘Home Rule for slow learners’? Why was Eamon de Valera not part of the Irish delegation? Was the subsequent Civil War inevitable? Was it a good deal or a bad deal? T To address these and other questions join History Ireland…

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Ireland and the ‘Greater War’ in Europe – compare and contrast

Ireland and the ‘Greater War’ in Europe—compare and contrast While there were optimistic hopes that the First World War or ‘Great War’ would be ‘the war to endall wars’, post-1918 Europe, including Ireland, instead experienced a ‘Greater War’—a series of civil,border and ethnic conflicts—that lasted at least until 1923. How did Ireland fit into that…

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Crowd-funding the revolution—the underground administration

New History Ireland Hedge School PODCAST Crowd-funding the revolution—the underground administration Dáil Éireann sought not only to take back the political control lost in the 1800 Act of Union, but also the fiscal and monetary powers lost with the merger of the Irish and British exchequers in 1817. Italso established a parallel legal system, the…

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Prisons and prisoners during the War of Independence

Prisons and prisoners during the War of Independence On 9 September 1921 over fifty IRA prisoners staged a break-out—one of several during the War of Independence—from Rath internment camp in the Curragh, Co. Kildare. To mark its centenary, and to discuss the wider significance of prisons and prisoners in the revolutionary period, join History Ireland…

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Fingal in the Revolutionary Decade

***NEW HISTORY IRELAND PODCAST AVAILABLE NOW*** Fingal in the Revolutionary Decade To what extent did the military tactics of Thomas Ashe’s (5th) Fingal battalion of the Irish Volunteers in 1916 prefigure those of the IRA in the War of Independence, 1919-21? To what extent did the sack of Balbriggan in September 1920 provide the template…

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