Change and continuity—the general elections of 1922 and 1923
What do these two elections tell us about Ireland’s political landscape before and after the Civil War?
Join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham in discussion with Elaine Callinan, Mel Farrell, Michael
Laffan and Martin O’Donoghue.
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Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023 initiative.
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Elaine Callinan lectures in history at Carlow College and is the author of Electioneering and
propaganda in Ireland, 1917–21: votes, violence and victory (Four Courts Press, 2020).
Mel Farrell lectures in history at Carlow College and is the author of Party politics in a new
democracy: the Irish Free State, 1922–37 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
Michael Laffan is Emeritus Professor of History at University College Dublin and author of The
resurrection of Ireland: the Sinn Féin party 1916–1923 (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Martin O’Donoghue is visiting fellow in the Arts and Humanities Institute, Maynooth University, and
author of The legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in independent Ireland 1922–1949 (Oxford
University Press, 2020).
About History Ireland Hedge Schools
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About the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023
The objective of the State programme for the remaining period 2021–2023 is to ensure a deeper
understanding of a complex period in our history, including the Struggle for Independence, the Civil
War, the Foundation of the State and Partition, and that the centenaries of these historical events
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