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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The propaganda war in the revolutionary decade

*The propaganda war in the revolutionary decade* According to British Prime Minister David Lloyd George Irish nationalists were ‘naturalpropagandists’. How accurate was this description? How did they breach what Arthur Griffith calledthe ‘paper wall’ of British news coverage? How important was the new medium of film? And what was the role of women as both…

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Kilkenny in the Revolutionary Decade

Kilkenny was described by Ernie O’Malley as ‘slack’ during the War of Independence. Was this really the case? Kilkenny has a notable revolutionary history—as crucible of the Tithe War (1830s), birthplace of one the founders of the IRB, James Stephens (1858), and a rebel turnout, albeit small (1916). Also, the attack and capture of Hugginstown…

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The Truce

A century ago, at noon on 11 July 1921, a truce came into effect in the Anglo-Irish war between theIRA and Crown forces. Why did it happen then—and why had peace feelers in late 1920 failed? What motivated each side to sue for peace? What were their expectations? To address these and other questions tune…

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George V’s opening of the Northern Ireland parliament

On 22 June 1921 King George V officially opened the Northern Ireland parliament, thusconfirming the existence of Northern Ireland as set out in the 1920 Government of Ireland Act.Moreover, since the formation of the Ulster Special Constabulary in autumn 1920 it also had themeans to defend itself. To discuss these and related matters tune in…

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