RTÉ History Show, Liam Lynch Book Interview

Created: March 26, 2023

In March 2023 I was interviewed by Myles Dungan on the RTÉ History Show about my Liam Lynch biography.


On this week’s programme: The life and death of republican leader Liam Lynch; and 800 years of industry in Harold’s Cross.

Liam Lynch: To Declare a Republic

Liam Lynch was one of the key figures of the Irish revolutionary period.

In the Irish War of Independence, as officer in command of the Cork No. 2 Brigade, he planned several prominent guerrilla actions against British forces. Adamantly opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Lynch became the Chief-of-Staff of the Anti-Treaty IRA.

On his passing on the 10th of April 1923, he was the undisputed leader of Irish republicanism. IRA Volunteer Todd Andrews wrote that with “Lynch’s death I knew the end of the Civil War had come. Only his iron will had kept it going in the last few months.”

A new book called Liam Lynch – To Declare A Republic, uses a wide array of archival material to paint a nuanced portrait of the republican. Myles is joined by the author, historian Gerard Shannon.

Listen above, or on the RTÉ website