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November 29, 2023

Presenting ‘Liam Lynch: To Declare a Republic’ to Tánaiste Micheál Martin

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It was a pleasure to again meet Tánaiste Micheál Martin earlier today in Government Buildings when I presented him with a copy of ‘Liam Lynch: To Declare a Republic’. We had a good discussion on the personalities of the revolutionary period after.  …

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November 11, 2023

Presentation of Tipperariana Book of the Year Award 2022

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I had a wonderful weekend down in Tipperary, the highlight of course being presented with Tipperariana Book of the Year Award for 2022 by the Fethard Historical Society for my book, ‘Alderman Joseph MacDonagh, TD: Tipperary’s Forgotten Revolutionary Politician? (1883-1922)‘. I want to thank the committee and members of the…

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August 27, 2023

Critical praise for Liam Lynch: To Declare A Republic

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I am so delighted with the reviews for the book, and the wide range of opinion and thought on aspects of the life of General Liam Lynch I explore. Here’s a range of quotes from a selection of reviews, with a link to each: ‘This excellent biography will hopefully bring…

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August 9, 2023

Interview on ‘Liam Lynch: To Declare a Republic’ with Mairéad Farrell, TD at Féile an Phobail

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Was a pleasure taking part in this event for Féile an Phobail today, the community festival itself in its thirty-fifth year. The event involved a a public interview with Mairéad Farrell, Sinn Féin TD for Galway West. Mairéad was interviewing me on my biography, ‘Liam Lynch: To Declare a Republic’…

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July 7, 2023

Oration marking the centenary of the death of Cathal Brugha

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7th July today marks the 101st anniversary of the death of Cathal Brugha, one of the most important and celebrated republican figures of the early 20th century Irish revolutionary period. Brugha has been the subject of two engrossing and enlightening biographies the last few years, Cathal Brugha (Life and Times…

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May 31, 2023

RTÉ History: ‘If we stand united, victory is certain.’ Liam Lynch’s final days

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My sincere thanks to Dr. Helene O’Keefe of UCC for giving me a chance to write an article on Lynch’s final days for the Irish Civil War section of the RTÉ History website. I was particularly pleased to see a wonderful array of photographs and primary documents from the NLI…

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May 27, 2023

Liam Lynch talk for Ancient Order of Hibernians

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I did a webinar today over Zoom for the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), the Irish-American Catholic fraternal organisation. Ironically, Lynch was briefly a member of the AOH at some point in the later 1910s, and later spoke quite dismissively of them – as noted in the above video! It…

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May 26, 2023

Presenting President Michael D. Higgins with ‘Liam Lynch: To Declare a Republic’

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It was wonderful to meet the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at his residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, today. The opportunity to do so came at the invitation of artist Dolores Lynes, grand-niece of Liam Lynch and who has produced the fascinating ‘To the Letter’ art exhibition. The exhibition is…

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May 19, 2023

Interview on Liam Lynch biography with Úna-Minh Kavanagh at WeAreIrish.ie

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“Liam Lynch loomed large in my mind and heart over these last few years, a constant companion, I shared in his victories and failures, enjoyed getting to know him and sometimes got quite frustrated with him.” Had a very enjoyable interview on my Liam Lynch biography with my friend and…

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May 5, 2023

UCD Collections: The final IRA Executive meeting attended by Liam Lynch, 23-26 March 1923

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My thanks to the team over at UCD Library Culture Heritage Collections, for giving me a chance to write a blog entry on a series of important files connected to Liam Lynch’s last days, specifically related to the IRA Executive meeting held in two different between Waterford and South Tipperary…

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