Monthly Archives: September 2019

A century on—how do we view the War of Independence?

Recorded @ Malahide Community School
2pm Thursday 19 September 2019
A century on—how do we view the War of Independence?
How has recent scholarship changed our view of the War of Independence? What new sources are now available? And has this in turn affected how we commemorate these events? History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, chaired this special Hedge School, geared towards senior cycle history students. Donal Fallon (co-editor of the blog Come Here To Me), Liz Gillis (author of 25 May: The Burning of the Customs House 1921), Martin Mansergh (government’s Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations), Mary McAuliffe (Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, UCD), and Kevin Manning (history teacher, Malahide Community School) responded to questions devised by the students of Malahide Community School, Portmarnock Community School, Skerries Community School, Sutton Park School and St Fintan’s High School, Sutton.

The Hedge School was supported by the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The War of Independence in County Clare

David Fitzpatrick’s Politics and Irish Life, 1913–21: provincial experience of war and revolution (1977) reassessed
In association with Clare County Library 

recorded @ Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis on Saturday, 14 Sept 2019 at 2pm

The untimely passing of Prof. David Fitzpatrick (TCD) earlier this year provided an opportunity to reassess his ground-breaking 1977 local study of County Clare, which was to become the template for many similar local studies of the War of Independence. How does it measure up to the intervening 42 years of scholarship, in particular the release of primary sources such as the Bureau of Military History and the Military Service Pensions Collection? 

To discuss this and related matters History Ireland editor Tommy Graham, was joined by  Pádraig Óg Ó RuaircEve MorrisonCécile Gordon and Tomás Mac Con Mara for a lively debate on the subject.