Seán Russell and the IRA

Seán Russell and the IRA Worthy successor of Tone and Casement? For over half a century, the statue of IRA Chief-of-Staff Seán Russell in Fairview Park has been both a flashpoint of controversy and site of devoted Irish republican pilgrimage. But who was this key IRA figure of the early 20th century – and what…

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Dublin Festival of History

Problematic statues, gender history in Ireland, and why we’re obsessed with death: Dublin Festival of History announces its 2021 programme – The free festival will run from 20th September until 10th October, with a mix of in-person and online events – What does the recent Mother and Baby Homes Report tell us about gender history…

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Custom House Talks: Dan Head

Dan Head – the boy in the picture. On May 25th, 1921, the last major action by the IRA in the War of Independence took place when almost 300 men and many women took part in an attack on Dublin’s Custom House, the financial heart of British rule in Ireland, intent on burning all documentation…

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The War of Independence in Dublin Port and inner city

Dublin Port Co. & East Wall History Group present a free online lecture series to mark the Centenary of the battle that took place at the London and North Western Hotel at the North Wall, Dublin on April 11th, 1921. Registration is required, with limited spaces available across five dates throughout April & May. For more information…

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‘Admirals for a Day’: Take-over of the Kildare Street club by the anti-Treaty Republicans in May 1922

Wednesday 5 May, 7.30pm Cormac  O’Malley will read an unpublished humorous but historic vignette written in 1935 by his War of Independence father, General Ernie O’Malley, called ‘Admirals for a Day’. Following the reading, Cormac O’Malley and Charles Lysaght will discuss the takeover of the Kildare Street Club (KSC) by Republican soldiers in May 1922 just…

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Sack of Balbriggan Commemorative video

Fingal County Council has launched a commemorative documentary which is a fitting and lasting reminder of the amount of preparation and commitment local groups and Elected Representatives from Balbriggan put into the planning of the commemoration of the Sack of Balbriggan centenary, which occurred last year. More details *here* The video is available to view…

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Revolutionary Ireland with Lorcan Collins

Burning of the Custom House; May 1921 In this episode Lorcan Collins is joined by Mícheál Ó Doibhilín, Liz Gillis and Las Fallon, the organisers of the Burning of the Custom House Centenary Conference. The Custom House in Dublin was set on fire on 25 May 1921 and contributed to the declaration of a Truce…

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Inside the GPO

‘Inside the GPO’ by Colin Murphy Filmed by Fishamble: The New Play Company in 2016 & will be streamed 1-5th April 2021. Supported by Culture Ireland under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Programme Creative Imagination Strand. Tickets €10 (€5 conc) https://www.fishamble.com/itgpo.html

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History on your Doorstep

Dublin City Council’s Historians in Residence (HIRs) and historian Liz Gillis, have written a special commemorative edition of the popular series History on Your Doorstep dedicated to Bloody Sunday. The book is free and will be available to pick up in any Dublin City Library once public health restrictions permit branches to open again. An electronic (pdf) version…

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