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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 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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September 26, 2021

Seán Russell talk at the Burning of the Custom House Conference 2021

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This was a particularly special one. The burning by the IRA of Dublin’s Custom House – the seat of British local government in Ireland – on 25th May 1921 was a seminal event of the Irish War of Independence. There have been no two greater champions to help widen understanding…

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October 18, 2020

Irish Times article: One hundred years ago the first IRA prisoner dies on hunger strike

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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…

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September 6, 2020

80 years ago: The executions of IRA members Paddy McGrath and Thomas Harte

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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…

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July 13, 2020

‘Worthy successor of Tone and Casement’? Seán Russell and the IRA, (Part Two, 1931-40)

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For The Irish Story, published 13 July 2020.  On Sunday, 9th September 1951, an impressive crowd gathered at Fairview Park for the unveiling of a new statue following a parade from Dublin city centre. The statue was of the late Chief-of-Staff of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), Seán Russell, who…

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July 2, 2020

‘The only Irishman that was incorruptible’: Seán Russell and the IRA (Part One, 1893-1930)

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For The Irish Story, published 2 July 2020. It was a grim, low-key farewell. On August 14th 1940, roughly 100 miles west off the Galway coast, an unconventional funeral was held for Seán Russell, the now-late Chief-of-Staff of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). At the time of his death, Russell…

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May 7, 2019

‘In the steady spirit of service of Pearse and Tom Clarke and Seán MacDermott?’ Richard Mulcahy and the National Army during the Civil War of 1922-23

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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…

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June 1, 2018

”One of the most brilliant young Irishmen of our day’: The life of Joseph MacDonagh, TD, 1883-1922′,

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”One of the most brilliant young Irishmen of our day’: The life of Joseph MacDonagh, TD, 1883-1922′, A piece contributed to Cloughjordan Heritage X , published by the Cloughjordan Heritage Group (2018). To inquire for copies, click here.…

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September 7, 2016

Today in Irish History, 9 July 1917: The Death of Muriel MacDonagh

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A contribution to The Irish Story, published 9th July 2016.     Muriel MacDonagh, wife of executed 1916 leader Thomas MacDonagh, outlived him by just one year. By Gerard Shannon On 9th July 1917, just over a year following the execution of Thomas MacDonagh for his part in the Easter…

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