May 2022

View this email in your browser

May 2022  NOTICE Some email browsers ‘clip’ the newsletter, making it shorter.  
If you click ‘View entire message‘ it will open the full newsletter 
News and updates on the programme of commemorations relating to the events in Irish history that took place between 1912 and 1923.  If you would like to inform us of any suitable material for future newsletters – anything related to the Decade of Centenaries – please feel free to email [email protected].  

 1. Lectures and Events (some require registration)  

Justice Sector Decade of Centenaries Programme 2022 (Includes Four Courts lecture series and tours)

Archives and Memory, North and South  An online research showcase on the records of the Chief Secretary of Ireland Wednesday, 4th May, 7 – 8.15pm From the 1690s to 1922, the role of Chief Secretary of Ireland evolved to become the most important administrator in the country.  Archives North and South reveals the benefits of deepening archival collaboration by examining the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and its significant pre-1900 Chief Secretaries’ collections, alongside the National Archives (Ireland)’s project to preserve and catalogue the nineteenth-century Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers. 
Janet Hancock, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) (moderator)
Stephen Scarth, Acting Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Tim Murtagh, Beyond 2022 Archival Discovery Research Fellow at PRONI
Nigel Johnston, Archivist, National Archives (Ireland) In Archives North and South, we hear about the creation and development of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), and the scale and significance of its pre-1900 Chief Secretaries’ collections. As the archive approaches its centenary (2023), this panel explores PRONI’s early history and the potential to reconstruct lost archives through deepening collaboration. Founded in 1923, in the aftermath of the Four Courts fire, PRONI has worked since its inception to build collections that compensate for the losses of 1922— materials that tell the story of present-day Northern Ireland, the province of Ulster and of Ireland generally, since the sixteenth century. Working in partnership with Beyond 2022, PRONI is now leading in an attempt to reconstruct one of the largest collections destroyed in 1922: the records of the Chief Secretaries of Ireland from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This initiative draws strength from a deepening collaboration between archives in Belfast and Dublin, as well as major repositories in Britain. We will also learn about a key project at the National Archives (Ireland) to preserve and catalogue the nineteenth-century Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers, which fortunately were not in the Four Courts during the fire of 1922. The panel will explore how the Four Courts fire has shaped archives and memory, both north and south, in the century since 1922. A Beyond 2022 partnership event presented by the Department for Communities, Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI) with the National Archives (Ireland). Hosted by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute. This initiative is part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2013 – 2023.

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact: [email protected]

Laois and Ireland in Revolution   Laois County Library and Laois Historian-in-Residence, Terry Dunne, are hosting a three part series of online talks exploring Laois and Ireland in revolution. Revolutionary Women, the first talk in the series, will take place online on Wednesday 4th May at 8 pm. Revolutionary Workers, the second talk in the series, will take place online on Thursday 16th June at 8 pm. Revolutionary War, the final talk in this online series, will take place on Thursday 30th June at 8 pm. 

Roger Casement Summer School  

Mondays at the Mess @ Richmond Barracks
Big Jim Larkin (1874-1947)  Monday, 9th May, 7-8pm€5 full / €3 conc This year marks the 75th anniversary of the passing of Jim Larkin, trade unionist and founder of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Described by Constance Markievicz as “some great primaeval force rather than a man”, Larkin would shape politics in Dublin and nationally.  Historian-in-Residence to Dublin City Council James Curry will explore the life of “Big” Jim Larkin.   BOOK HERE 

Exploring the Mental World of the Country House    The Twentieth Annual Historic Irish Houses Conference will take place from 9-10 May 2022 at Maynooth University (in-person and online).  The theme will explore the intellectual world of the country house: country houses are masterpieces of material culture, they are triumphs of architecture, fine and decorative art, and landscape design, but they are also about the history and transmission of ideas. DETAILS HERE 

Four Courts 100 Lecture Series  May LecturesThe Hon. Mr Justice John Hedigan and panel Thursday 12 May: National Archives – The Memory of a Nation 
Liz Gillis and Las Fallon
Thursday 19 May: Unheard Voices: Civilians/Firemen and the Battle for the Four Courts 

Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter
Thursday 26 May: Despair and Defiance: The Four Courts Crisis 1922

Roscommon a Century Ago – Community, Continuity and Change  Thursday 12 May 7pm – Roscommon Family Records from a Century Ago with Martin Curley, Genealogist. This talk will look at the resources available for people with an interest in family history or with family in Roscommon, and will explore their lives of local communities a century ago. Online records including census, birth, marriage and death, land ownership, school records, photographs and newspapers will be reviewed.  Thursday 19 May 7pm – Women of the West: Activism, Contexts and Life-Stories with Mary Clancy, NUI Galway. This talk will examine themes of continuity, change and activism in the lives of Irishwomen during the Revolutionary period, war-work, women’s rights and Irish independence.  Her talk will focus especially on women in Roscommon. Thursday 26 May 7pm – Change and Continuity in the ‘Big House’ in Roscommon with Paul Connolly, Local Historian This talk will look at life and how it changed for the families and tenants of the landed estates in Roscommon, leading up to, during and after the Revolutionary Era.      BOOKING FOR ALL LECTURES HERE 

The Civic Guard Mutiny Of May 1922   Thursday 12th May 7.30pm [Zoom Talk] The County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee are organising a free illustrated online talk by author and historian Brian McCarthy on the fascinating story of the mutiny by the new police force in Kildare Town barracks that took place in May 1922.This seminal event in the history of policing in Ireland had long-term consequences in the development of what became An Garda Síochána. On the morning of 15th May, 1922, over 1,000 recruits of the newly established Civic Guard suddenly broke ranks during Commissioner Michael Staines’ TD address at Morning Parade in the training depot at Kildare Barracks.The recruits immediately set about raiding the armoury while Staines and his senior officers withdrew under armed protection and evacuated the barracks much to the annoyance of Michael Collins, the Chairman of the fledgling Provisional Government. For almost seven weeks, Collins and the mutineers struggled to reconcile their differences in the midst of the Irish Civil War. Both sides were unaware that their efforts to resolve the dispute were thwarted by a group of anti-Treaty Civic Guards intent on destroying the new force. Brian McCarthy is the author of The Civic Guard Mutiny, published by Mercier Press. BOOK HERE 

Wexford Digitisation Day    Wexford Libraries are hosting a “Wexford War of Independence & Civil War Digitisation Day” in Gorey Library, Gorey Civic Square on Friday, 13th of May from 11am to 4pm. Members of the public are invited to bring photographs, postcards, letters, diaries, medals or other memorabilia in relation to this turbulent time in our history. Staff from Wexford Libraries will record the story of whom they belonged to and why they are important. The objects will be scanned or photographed. Historians and experts will also be on hand to discuss the significance of these treasures.  Advance booking is essential. Contact Gorey library branch at [email protected] or phone 0539483820 DETAILS HERE 

‘Getting Started with Oral Histories Plenary’ – Online Event  ‘Getting Started with Oral Histories Plenary’ – Online Event    Wednesday 18 May, 3–4.30pm  The LIR Committee’s mission is to keep librarians, academic librarians in particular, informed about technologies that affect their practice.  They believe that the transcription and coding of oral histories are increasingly relevant topics and so have designed this Plenary to equip academic librarians, and a broader audience of digital archivists, data stewards, researchers, and historians, with the knowledge and information necessary to begin to plan an oral history project.   The Plenary will cover the following key areas: ·Policy, legislation, and consent forms·Research methods, interview techniques, and planning for digital preservation·The use of innovative open source software to digitally index recorded interviews and synchronise text with audio and video Speakers include: ·Dr Aileen O’Carroll, Policy Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland·Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Kiely, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at University College Cork·Doug Boyd, Director of the Louise B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky  The Plenary will feature three 20 min talks delivered by the expert speakers followed by an open Q&A session. It will be chaired by Systems Librarian at the Waterford Institute of Technology, David Kane.   REGISTER HERE 

Inside the Railings: A Portrait of Life within the Public Record Office of Ireland   This event took place on Thursday 14th April – the link to the recording of it is in the blue box below.  An evening of readings and pictures, live from the Reading Room of the former Public Record Office, marking the centenary of the occupation of the Four Courts, April 1922Live-streamed from the Appeal Court, formerly the reading room of the Public Record Office Thursday, 14 April, 7-8.30pm 
Speakers The Hon. Mr. Justice Donal O’Donnell, Chief Justice
Zoë Reid, Keeper, Public Services and Collections, National Archives (Ireland)
Ciarán Wallace, Deputy Director, Beyond 2022 | Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland
Shona Gibson and Sadhbh Malin, the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art
Maura Howe, The Courts Service of Ireland 
One hundred years ago, on the evening of Holy Thursday 1922, Anti-Treaty forces occupied the Four Courts and the Public Record Office of Ireland. Ten weeks later, the stand-off ended with the Battle of the Four Courts—the opening engagement of the Civil War. Three days of fighting between the National Army and the Anti-Treaty garrison (28–30 June 1922) left many dead and wounded. The Four Courts lay in ruins and centuries of historic records were destroyed. While incomparable with the loss of human life, this cultural loss was one of the great tragedies of the Civil War. On the centenary of the occupation of the Four Courts, Inside the Railings will give a flavour of ordinary life in and around this busy part of the city—before the fighting and the smoke obscured them from public memory. Before its destruction, the Four Courts was a bustling location in the city, where staff, residents and the public went about their daily lives. Through a selection of short talks, rarely-seen photographs, and engaging eyewitness accounts, Inside the Railings will portray life in earlier decades, and during the ten tense weeks of the occupation.WATCH A RECORDING OF THE EVENT HERE     

             2. Exhibitions/Projects ‘If a female had once passed the gate…’ – exhibition marks 100 years of Trinity Women Graduates   An exhibition charting the story of the women graduates of Trinity College Dublin and their hard-fought victories to be acknowledged as equal citizens, students, academics and graduates.  Entitled ‘If a female had once passed the gate’, the exhibition marks the centenary of the foundation of Trinity Women Graduates and features highlights from its archive, including photographs, letters, administrative records and collected reminiscences. The exhibition will be launched by the Provost and will be on display in Trinity Library’s Long Room as part of the Book of Kells exhibition until the end of May. It will also be available as an online exhibition as part of Virtual Trinity Library.  DETAILS HERE

 ‘Hole in the Wall’  ‘Dundalk Jail during the Civil War’ The launch of a short-film and accompanying booklet on ‘Dundalk Jail during the Civil War’ took place to commemorate the forthcoming centenary of the ‘Hole in the Wall’ escape that occurred in July 1922. It was launched by An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Pio Smith. Also speaking at the event were Joan Martin, CE of Louth County Council and Donal Hall, president of the County Louth Archaeological & Historical Society, who researched and wrote the script. The project was a collaboration between Louth County Archives and the County Louth Archaeological & Historical Society as part of the Louth County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme 2021. The Decade of Centenaries Programme is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Louth County Archives preserves and makes available local records illustrating the development of the county. It is part of the former prison that became a chief factor in the revolutionary period in Co Louth. In addition to holding political prisoners, the prison was the setting for hunger strikes, several escapes and three executions. Due to the general interest in what took place at this time, it was decided that a definitive account of the events that led up to the ‘Hole in the Wall’ escape should be created. The account focusses on the Government invasion of Dundalk in July 1922, the imprisonment and subsequent mass escape of Frank Aiken and his men, the capture of Dundalk by Aiken in August, the recapture by Government three days later, and the use of the gaol to hold anti-Treaty prisoners. The booklet contains a transcript list of escapees and a list of Co Louth Civil War fatalities. Both the film and the booklet feature archives that were donated locally as well as several from national repositories.  It is intended that the project will help in giving a better understanding of the events in Louth during this significant, yet very difficult period in our history. The short-film is available on Louth County Archives YouTube channel (link below). The booklet can be accessed on Louth County Council website (link below) while hard-copies of the booklet will be available from the libraries and County Archives. FILM AVAILABLE HERE BOOKLET AVAILABLE HERE 

‘Intervals of Peace’: The Civil War Prison Art of Alfred McGloughlin    A new exhibition of previously unseen Civil War portraits in Kilmainham Gaol Museum 31 March to 25 October 2022 ‘INTERVALS OF PEACE’ a brand new exhibition of previously unseen Civil War portraits by prisoner and artist Alfred McGloughlin. The exhibition opened on Thursday, 31 March and will run to Tuesday, 25 October 2022 at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin.  On 21 October 1922, several months into the Irish Civil War, Alfred McGloughlin was arrested in his home by Free State forces and brought to Wellington Barracks in Dublin. He spent the following year as a political prisoner, first in Wellington Barracks, then Hare Park in the Curragh, before a final stay in Mountjoy Prison from where he was released on 13 October 1923. Although he was an active supporter of the Anti-Treaty side, he was never charged with a specific offence. He experienced periods of severe ill-treatment during his incarceration but, as mentioned in his obituary in 1932, he also found ‘intervals of peace in prison, sketching in watercolours, and filling a portfolio with pencil-drawings of his comrades’. 39 portraits and watercolour sketches of Mountjoy by Alfred McGloughlin will go on public display for the first time in Kilmainham Gaol in a special exhibition to mark the centenary of the Civil War.    Alfred McGloughlin was the nephew of 1916 leaders Patrick and William Pearse and grew up in the Pearse household. He later helped in the running of Patrick Pearse’s school, Scoil Éanna. He went on to become a draughtsman with J & C McGloughlin Ltd., a decorative metalwork business owned by his father’s family, and studied art part-time in the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art.  McGloughlin also developed an interest in theatre where he wrote and performed in numerous plays. He joined the Irish Volunteers and was involved in the Howth gun-running of 1914.  He was Sinn Féin’s director of elections in south Dublin for the 1918 and 1921 elections and stood as a candidate himself during the local elections of 1920. Following his release from prison he set up his own building company. When this business failed, he obtained a position as a draughtsman with the Office of Public Works. He remained active as a political journalist, and was a regular contributor to the republican newspaper ‘An Phoblacht’. His health never recovered from his time in prison and he died from heart disease aged just 44 in 1932.  DETAILS HERE 

‘Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country House in Revolution 1920-1923’   Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country House in Revolution 1920-1923’…. A new exhibition and online lecture series for the Decade of Centenaries Programme, launched by Minister Martin.  The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, launched ‘Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country House in Revolution, 1920-1923’, a new exhibition curated by Professor Terence Dooley Director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates (CSHIHE), History Department, at Maynooth University, with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.  This engaging exhibition is the culmination of years of research work by Professor Dooley.  It introduces a new perspective to the Decade of Centenaries Programme – the experiences of the Irish aristocracy or former landed elite who found themselves caught up in the War of Independence and the Civil War.  Seen through the prism of the burning of country houses, more generally referred to in Ireland as the Big Houses, the exhibition will present the stories of a broad sample of these Big Houses from across the country. It is the product of original research based on a wide variety of primary sources, challenging many commonly held misconceptions about this period in history.  The exhibition will explore the extent and geographical location of Big Houses burned, examining the political and social motivations for destruction.  It will also address why many houses were not destroyed.  The exhibition will explore the national context for these events and the impact of the Land Acts on the country houses.   The exhibition will be showcased in the Irish Architectural Archive in Dublin until 27 April, when it will relocate to Maynooth University in time for the 20th Annual Historic Irish Houses Conference (10-11 May).  It will then tour various locations around the country.  When the exhibition run concludes, it will be digitised and made freely available online for everyone, on the CSHIHE, Maynooth University website.  A free, weekly lecture series will be held online from 24th March to 19th May, in conjunction with the exhibition (the lecture series is fully booked).  This launch included that of Professor Terence Dooley’s new publication ‘Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country House in a Time of War and Revolution’ by Yale University Press (see Podcast and Publication sections below).                                          

  3. Podcasts              

Carlow Decade of Centenaries Podcast Series   Noelle Grothier in conversation with Louise Kennedy: ‘Tales from the Archive: Carlow and the Military Archives’ The Military Archives is the official place of deposit for records of the Defence Forces and collects material from the foundation of the state up to the present day. Any historian that has studied the events of the War of Independence and The Civil War will be familiar with these records, and to their fundamental importance to the study of the period. In this discussion County Archivist Louise Kennedy talks with Noelle Grothier about the holdings of this remarkable Archive, and some of Carlow’s unique records are examined. Noelle Grothier is Head of Private and Oral History Collections and has worked as a civilian archivist in Military Archives since May 2008. She holds a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and a HDip in Archives and Records Management from UCD. Noelle has responsibility for collections of private papers deposited in Military Archives by veterans and their families. She co-ordinates the Defence Forces Oral History Project and is a member of the Military History and Heritage Forum. Click here to watch the interview::  

The origins and impact of County Carlow’s Journey to Independence Dr Shay Kinsella speaks to Christopher Power of Carlow Library outlining the origins and impact of County Carlow’s journey to Independence, from the political events prior to the 1916 Rising to the tragedy of the Irish Civil War and how this affected the people of Carlow. Click here to watch the interview: The Origins and Impact of County Carlow’s Journey to Independence – Christopher Power in conversation with Dr Shay Kinsella  

The 1918/19 Pandemic in Ireland – Bernie Walsh in conversation with Dr Ida Milne:Dr. Ida Milne is a lecturer in European History at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, and in this interview with Bernie Walsh of Carlow Libraries she discusses the effect that the epidemic of the 1918/19 Spanish Flu had on an Irish society that was in the throes of political turmoil and revolution. Dr Milne examines the experiences of the population in and around Co. Carlow, and also puts the responses and attitudes to the pandemic in its 21st Century context. Click here to watch the interview: The 1918/19 Pandemic in Ireland – Bernie Walsh in conversation with Dr Ida Milne  

The 1918 General Election in Ireland – John Kelly in conversation with Dr Elaine Callinan:The 1918 Election is seen as one of the most momentous in the history of Irish politics, as it saw the moderate Irish nationalism represented by the Irish Parliamentary Party replaced by revolutionary Sinn Féin as the most popular political movement in the country. In this video Dr. Elaine Callinan, lecturer in History at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s discusses this watershed event in Co. Carlow and beyond with John Kelly of the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. Click here to watch the interview: The 1918 General Election in Ireland – John Kelly in conversation with Dr Elaine Callinan  

Burning the Big House—the story of the Irish country house in a time of war and revolution  Over the course of the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, nearly 300 ‘Big Houses’ (those belonging to aristocrats with in excess of 2,000 acres), 20% of a total of c. 1,500, were burned to the ground. Why? Author Terence Dooley, Professor of History at Maynooth University and Director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates, in conversation with History Ireland editor Tommy Graham, provides some answers. Burning the Big House—the story of the Irish country house in a time of war and revolution is published by Yale University Press. LISTEN HERE The internal politics of the IRA before the Civil War   The Anglo-Irish Treaty sparked turmoil within the IRA. Some accepted it and joined the ranks of the Provisional Government’s new ‘National Army’; some remained neutral; the majority opposed it, but with the added twist that on the eve of the Civil War there were two anti-Treaty factions of the IRA, not one. Two Army Conventions, on 26 March and 18 June 1922, failed to resolve these differences.

To make sense of these complexities, join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham in discussion with Síobhra Aiken, John Borgonovo, John Dorney and Brian Hanley. LISTEN HERE                                              

4. Publications 


Stories of those who taught and studied at MIC during Irish Revolution remembered in new publication   A new collaboration between Mary Immaculate College (MIC) historians and Limerick City & County Council explores how everyday life, teaching and learning continued – sometimes with difficulty – throughout the turbulent period of the Irish Revolution. Produced as part of Limerick City & County Council’s Decade of Centenaries programme, Studying Revolution: Accounts of Mary Immaculate College, 1918-1923 collates primary source material to tell the story of how staff & students navigated the revolutionary period, how ordinary life was interrupted and of the times that the war quite literally arrived at the College gates.  Solely dedicated to teacher training and exclusively for female students at the time, MIC’s place in Limerick saw it become caught in the crossfire of the war. Sr Frances McGrath’s diary of the July 1922 Siege of Limerick, which is replicated in Studying Revolution, gives a striking and emotional insight into the lives of citizens amid open street violence. Her diary, which is introduced by Marian Fogarty, recalls the rumoured ‘arrival of the big guns’, the emotional turmoil of the war raging around MIC and the penetration of off-course bullets through College buildings on a regular occurrence – with one staff member even struck and injured.  When not directly in the crossfire of the wars, MIC was – like anywhere else – a crossroads for different opinions and political support. In the memoirs of Catherine Daly, who studied at MIC from 1919-1921, we learn of the intertwining of the Irish Revolution in Limerick and her native Bantry with her studies. This remarkable account, introduced by Dr Brian Hughes and Dr Úna Ní Bhroiméil, blends the ordinary with the extraordinary as it weaves from memories of uncomfortable uniforms, sarcastic teachers and shopping for copybooks, to the shooting dead of an Gaeilge teacher, discreetly sharing news of ambushes with a politically sympathetic teacher and sitting alongside soldiers when a train was robbed by ‘the so and so Sinn Feiners’.  While the period the accounts reflect on was a bloody one, some of the primary material suggests little disruption to some regular activities. Dr AnneMarie Brosnan introduces teaching practice reports between 1915 and 1924 which detail the performance of four students – namely Annie Kelly, Hannah McQuinn, Elizabeth Duignan and the aforementioned Catherine Daly – on placement in classrooms in Limerick, Kerry, Cork and Dublin.  Dr Paul O’Brien introduces a letter from J.P. Goodbody, a businessman and politician, who lived at Summerville House, which is now part of the MIC Limerick campus. Goodbody’s letter to a Dublin friend, Mr. Brown, is written during near the midpoint of the previously mentioned Siege of Limerick. His account differs from that of Sr McGrath and he gives an interesting insight into the attempts to maintain operations at his mill while his supplies – both food and mechanical – are requisitioned by ‘Free Staters’ and ‘Republicans’. His observations point to conditions faced by ordinary citizens who were short of food and under curfew.   Studying Revolution can be downloaded below.   A limited number of hardcopies are available through Limerick City and County Library Service’s Local Studies Department at Watch House Cross Community Library who can be contacted by emailing [email protected] or calling 061-557 727.   DOWNLOAD HERE 

Civil War in County Kildare A Timeline Poster  

 Civil War in Co Kildare Poster now available A poster of an illustrated timeline of the Civil War in Co. Kildare has been produced as part of Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations programme to mark the 100th anniversary of its outbreak in June 1922. It details the main events that took place throughout the county during the period. ‘War with the foreigner brings to the fore all that is best and noblest in a nation – civil war brings out all that is mean and base’.Frank Aiken, August 1922   Copies of the poster are available free via Co. Kildare’s public library network. It will be of interest to anyone curious about the history of Co. Kildare at this time, particularly secondary school students. It may help direct them to many of the key events which took place in Co. Kildare in 1922-23. Some of the main incidents which occurred on the national stage are also included to give context. For further information please contact:[email protected] The Civil War in Co. Kildare poster was supported by the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.  

The War of Independence in Wexford A Timeline Poster  
 An information booklet entitled ‘County Wexford War of Independence and Civil War: an educational resource’ has been published. It charts the events and timeline of the War of Independence and the Civil War in County Wexford.   It is a resource for young people from 4th class to 3rd year. The booklet was researched and written by local historian, Monica Crofton and edited by Executive Librarian, Hazel Percival and Library Assistant, Michael Dempsey. It was designed by Nicola Bailey.  If your school would like to have a visit from the Wexford Historian-in-Residence to discuss the booklet with your students, contact our Local Studies Librarian at:
[email protected] or 053 919 6330. 22 and is usually overshadowed by both. The book bridges this gap by telling a relatively unfamiliar but hugely important story. BUY HERE
 Ireland 1922 provides a snapshot of a year of turmoil, tragedy and, amidst it all, state-building as the Irish revolution drew to a close. BUY HERE
 The fourth volume in the History Ireland commemorative series on aspects of the Irish Revolution.  The Treaty, Civil War and partition profoundly shaped the Ireland in which we live. To mark the centenary of the Treaty and Civil War, History Ireland has produced a special supplement, The Split: From Treaty to Civil War 1921–23, featuring historians and writers. The Split introduces ground-breaking articles on women and the Treaty, the role of Eamon de Valera, the establishment of the Gardaí, the dead of the Civil War, the global reaction to Ireland’s independence, and the violence inside the new Northern Ireland state and along the border. It discusses controversial questions regarding Michael Collins and military dictatorship, why the Free State won the Civil War and how Northern Ireland came into being. It looks at how the war has been remembered and asks whether the era of Civil War politics has ended.  Featuring contributions from:President Michael D. Higgins / David McCullagh / Mary McAuliffe / Rob Delaney / John Gibney / Kate O’Malley / Darragh Gannon / John Borgonovo / Lar Joye / Kieran Glennon / Paddy Mulroe / Charles Townsend / Bill Kissane / John M. Regan / Robert Gerwarth / Elizabeth Malcolm / Niamh Puirséil / Alison Martin / John Dorney / Margaret O’Callaghan / Ciara Chambers / Caitlin White / Frank Barry / Brian Hanley / Theo Dorgan Available in newsagents and bookshops, or online at the link below.  BUY HERE

Follow us! Twitter: @Centenaries Facebook: @decadeofcentenaries c. Decade of Centenaries 2021 

Leave a Comment