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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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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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September 24, 2022

Liam Lynch talk at Civil War Conference 2022

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My thanks to both Commandant Daniel Ayotis of the Irish Military Archives and Pat McCarthy of the Military History Society of Ireland for inviting me to speak at a conference themed on the Irish Civil War this weekend. The conference took place at Cathal Brugha barracks, and the full programme…

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August 2, 2022

Graveside oration marking the centenary of the death of Harry Boland, 1 August 2022

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‘As a people we should be proud and celebrate that Harry Boland, his siblings and others of that generation took such a powerful stand for Irish freedom.’ The full text of my graveside oration spoken at the Republican Plot in Glasnevin cemetery on 1 August 2022, marking the centenary of…

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July 19, 2022

Liam Lynch talk at UCC Civil War Conference

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I am deeply grateful for the organisers of the UCC Irish Civil War National Conference for giving me an opportunity to speak about Liam Lynch at the event this week, ahead of my book coming out next year. The conference itself, taking place from the 15th to 18th June 2022,…

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October 26, 2021

Mick Fitzgerald talk for Áras Uí Chonghaile

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It was fantastic to have the chance to do this online talk for Áras Uí Chonghaile about Michael Fitzgerald, Cork IRA leader. Fitzgerald is a recurring figure in my forthcoming book on Liam Lynch. Fitzgerald was the first republican to die on hunger striker during the Irish War of Independence…

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October 7, 2021

Seán Russell talk at Dublin Festival of History 2021

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Even with events still not having in-person attendance, it was great to again be doing a talk for this year’s Dublin Festival of History this evening on the life of the controversial IRA Chief of Staff Séan Russell. (Russell of course having a highly divisive statue that stands in Fairview…

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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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August 12, 2021

Seán Russell talk at East Wall History Group

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Had a very enjoyable – and lengthy talk – on the controversial IRA Chief of Staff Seán Russell for the East Wall History Group this evening. Great to be back doing these events, even if it’s just still online. Russell became a random historical interest of mine during lockdowns, and…

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May 25, 2021

Mick Fitzgerald talk for Trasna na Tíre

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Great to do another talk for Trasna na Tíre, the brilliant series of online Irish history talks as we still live through Covid-19 restrictions. This time, I do a talk on Mick Fitzgerald, Cork IRA leader and close contemporary of Liam Lynch, (subject of my forthcoming book). Fitzgerald was the…

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