April 2020 Due to Covid-19 restrictions all commemorative events in Ireland have been either cancelled or postponed until 19th April 2020.
While this means it is currently not possible to physically attend the many talks and exhibitions planned to take place in the next few weeks, but there are many resources available for you to use from home.
The newsletter this month is a sample of some of the publications and podcasts available for you to learn a little more about an area of interest – or add to your own resources for those now teaching remotely or homeschooling.
When Ireland opens its doors again please try to support local booksellers, walking tours, heritage groups – all those who work to bring our history to you through their work.
The current History Ireland magazine includes several articles relating to War of Independence events in Tipperary, Margaret Skinnider and the arrival of the Black and Tans in March 1920.
To subscribe to receive a digital edition of the History Ireland magazine every month, click *here* to see the available options.
This also gives full access to the archive of articles.
There is also a single subscription offer at the moment – for €5 you can receive a digital edition of the current issue.
Current restrictions (as of today, 1st April) mean that most publishers are not in a position to post orders. If you wish to order a book contact the publisher directly, many are processing orders to be posted as soon as restrictions are lifted.
As always, if you would like to inform us of any suitable material – anything related to the Decade of Centenaries – please feel free to email [email protected].

Four Courts Press

The Easter Proclamation 1916: A comparative analysis

By Liam De Paor


The Irish Revolution, 1912–23

By Donal Hall

Dublin City Council and the 1916 Rising

Edited by John Gibney


The Irish Revolution, 1912–23

By Adrian Grant

The Irish Regional Press, 1892–2018

Revival, revolution and republic

Editors Ian Kenneally & James T. O’Donnell

The Kimmage garrison, 1916: Making billy-can bombs

at Larkfield

By Ann Matthews

The Mansion House and the Irish Revolution

By Mícheál Mac Donncha

Richmond Barracks 1916

“We were there” – 77 women of the Easter Rising

By Mary McAuliffe and Liz Gillis

Patrick Pearse and the theatre

Editors Eugene McNulty & Róisín Ní Ghairbhí

The tenement dwellers of Church Street, Dublin, 1911

By Janet Moody


The Irish Revolution, 1912–23

By John O’Callaghan

Winning the Vote for Women

The Irish Citizen newspaper and the suffrage movement

in Ireland

By Louise Ryan

Defending Trinity College Dublin, Easter 1916

Anzacs and the Rising

By Rory Sweetman

The making of inequality

Women, power and gender ideology in the

Irish Free State, 1922–37

By Maryann Gialanella Valiulis

The Easter Rising of 1916 in north Co. Dublin:

A Skerries perspective

By Peter F. Whearity

For full details of the Four Courts Press Irish Revolution Series,

those currently published and forthcoming see the 20th

century studies section in the 2020 catalogue on the the Four Courts Press website

Wordwell Books


The 16 Lives series relates the lives of the sixteen men

who were executed after the 1916 Easter Rising.

Who were these people and what drove them to commit

themselves to violent revolution? 

The full series can be viewed *here*.

  • JAMES CONNOLLY Lorcan Collins
  • MICHAEL MALLIN Brian Hughes
  • JOSEPH PLUNKETT Honor O Brolchain
  • EDWARD DALY Helen Litton
  • SEÁN HEUSTON John Gibney
  • ROGER CASEMENT Angus Mitchell
  • THOMAS CLARKE Helen Litton
  • ÉAMONN CEANNT Mary Gallagher
  • WILLIE PEARSE Róisín Ní Ghairbhí
  • CON COLBERT John O’Callaghan
  • JOHN MACBRIDE Donal Fallon
  • MICHAEL O’HANRAHAN Conor Kostick
  • THOMAS KENT Meda Ryan
  • PATRICK PEARSE Ruán O’Donnell

Kathleen Clarke: Revolutionary Woman 

By Kathleen Clarke & Helen Litton 

1916: The Rising Handbook 

By Lorcan Collins 

Ireland’s War of Independence 1919-21

The IRA’s Guerrilla Campaign

By Lorcan Collins

Inside the GPO 

A First-hand Account 

By Joe Good, Edited by Maurice Good, Intro by Robert Ballagh 

Gill Books

Michael Collins: The Man and the Revolution  

By Anne Dolan & William Murphy


Revolution and Civil War in Dublin, 1918 – 1923: An Illustrated History  

By John Gibney 

Cumann na mBan and the Irish Revolution 

By Cal McCarthy 

(listed as temporarily unavailable – one to keep an eye out for in second hand shops). 

The Easter Rebellion 1916: a new illustrated history

By Conor McNamara  


Those of us who must die: execution, exile and revival after the Easter Rising  

By Derek Molyneux & Darren Kelly

When the clock struck in 1916: close-quarter combat in the Easter Rising  

By Derek Molyneux & Darren Kelly


The GAA & Revolution in Ireland 1913–1923 

Editor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh  

We Bled Together: Michael Collins,The Squad and the Dublin Brigade 

By Dominic Price  

Various publishers:

Witness to Murder: the Tomás MacCurtain inquest

Just published – the full transcript of the inquest is reproduced from the Irish Examiner archives – day by day reports from the only journalists to sit through the full trial.

By Kieran McCarthy and John O’Mahony 

The 3rd Brigade: History of the Volunteers/ IRA in South Tipperary 1913-1921

By Dr Denis Marnane

This book is published by Tipperary County Council Library Service and is part of the ‘Finding Tipperary’ Series.

Available to buy *here*


History Ireland ‘Hedge Schools’ – this link will bring you to a wide variety of Hedge School discussions. 

Editor Tommy Graham hosts the History Ireland *Hedge Schools*, lively round-table discussions with historians and well-known personalities.

If you are a local history society, or a parish priest, vicar, rabbi or imam with access to a local hall, and are interested in setting up such an event, why not get in touch once such meetings are permitted again to discuss the logistics.

The Hedge Schools are usually free to attend.

Irish History Podcast  – this link will bring you to Fin Dwyer’s expansive podcast library. 

The podcast collection covers topics from medieval to modern Ireland. Some cover small, local aspects of contemporary political events.

Three Castles Burning  – this link brings you to Spotify.

Devised and presented by Donal Fallon (formerly of the Come Here to Me blog) and one of the historical consultants of the National Treasures initiative. This is a new, excellent podcast series. It focuses mostly on Dublin (the title refers to the three castles on Dublin’s coat of arms).

Documentary on One  – RTÉ’S excellent range of radio documentaries.

Talking History – a link to the podcasts of the weekly history show on Newstalk.

Dublin Festival of History – the link will bring you to their 2018 series, and the 2019 series is currently being prepared for release.

History Hub – a series of 10 lectures on The Irish Revolution by Professor Michael Laffan of UCD.

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