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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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June 26, 2021

Interview: The History Show – Sean Russell

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In June 2021 I was a guest on The Irish History Show podcast, to discuss the divisive life and legacy of Seán Russell, the former Chief of Staff of the IRA.   On this episode of the Irish History Show we were joined by Gerard Shannon to discuss Seán Russell,…

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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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