The West’s awake!–Revolution in Roscommon 1916-1921

Roscommon was one of the first counties to reflect the ‘utter change’ of the post-1916 period, with the election of the first Sinn Féin-backed MP in February 1917.

In less than two years that party would win a landslide victory in the general election of 1918, but that mandate for independence was ignored by the British, resulting in the War of Independence.

How typical of that transformation was Roscommon and how did it fare in the War of Independence?

Join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham in discussion with John Burke, Brian Hanley and May Moran.

This podcast, produced in association with Roscommon County Council and the County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society, and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023 initiative, was recorded via Zoom and is now available as a podcast at the following links: and…/history-ireland/id1503109266 or wherever you get your podcasts.

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