Gerard Shannon is a resident of the town of Skerries in north county Dublin, with a lifelong interest in modern Irish history. His history research interests focus on early 20th century Ireland, more specifically, the personalities involved in the political movements of the revolutionary decade and the later consolidating of power in the nascent Irish Free State.
He is currently studying a part-time MA in History at the School of Geography and History at Dublin City University (DCU).
I wrote this article which was originally published online by The Irish Times on Saturday, 17 October 2020. That date marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Michael Fitzgerald, the first republican to die during the Irish War of Independence. See the link to the original article here. I also discussed Fitzgerald’s life and death in a talk for a conference by UCC History marking the centenary of the republican hunger strikes in 1920, this can be viewed here.
I wrote this article which was originally published online by The Irish Times on Friday, 4 September 2020. The article was timed for the 80th anniversary on 6 September 2020 of the state executions of Patrick McGrath and and Thomas Harte, the first such executions of IRA members since the Civil War. See the link to the original article here.
One individual to the fore on the victorious side of the Irish Civil War of 1922-23 was Richard Mulcahy. Mulcahy was initially the chief-of-staff, and later, commander-in-chief of the National Army of the Irish Free State. This army was formed in the early months of 1922 before the outbreak of the civil war on 28 June 1922 and had to immediately contend with the anti-Treaty IRA forces opposed to the new state.