The British soldier at the heart of an IRA escape.

On 22 March 1921 an RIC patrol was ambushed by the IRA at Keadue, County Roscommon, resulting in the deaths of RIC Constables William Devereux and Michael James Dowling and the injuring of Sergeant O’Reilly.  A member of the North Roscommon Brigade IRA, Michael Dockery, was later arrested and sentenced for his part in the…

Killing their own – Philip Doyle and Jeremiah Gaffney

The Civil War caused deep divisions within Irish politics and society which continue to reverberate to this day. Notwithstanding those divisions the Irish state would prove itself to be a relatively stable entity remarkably free of political violence. Perhaps because we have lived with this relative stability for so long we do not see how…

The IRA in Manchester (1919-23)

The IRA in Manchester (1919-23) New sources and insight from the Military Service Pensions Collection (MSPC) Project archivist Sam McGrath presented a history of the Manchester IRA (1919-23) utilising the recently released files of 45 individuals who applied for a military service pensions for their 1916-23 service. In total, this brings the number to over…

The Revolution Files in the MSPC – Part 4

Following the recent release of The Irish Times special supplement The Revolution Files, supported by the Department of Defence, the MSPC will highlight stories contained in this publication. Links will be presented as per the supplement. This post will focus on Ulster. Note The Irish Times operates a subscription service for their content. Ulster Antrim…

The Revolution Files in the MSPC – Part 3

Following the recent release of The Irish Times special supplement The Revolution Files, supported by the Department of Defence, the MSPC will highlight stories contained in this publication. Links will be presented as per the supplement. This post will focus on Connacht. Note The Irish Times operates a subscription service for their content. Connacht  Galway…

The Revolution Files in the MSPC – Part 2

Following the recent release of The Irish Times special supplement The Revolution Files, supported by the Department of Defence, the MSPC will highlight stories contained in this publication. Links will be presented as per the supplement. This post will focus on Munster. Note The Irish Times operates a subscription service for their content. Munster Cork…

The Revolution Files in the MSPC – Part 1

Following the recent release of The Irish Times special supplement The Revolution Files, supported by the Department of Defence, the MSPC will highlight stories contained in this publication. Links will be presented as per the supplement and each province covered in a separate post. Note The Irish Times operates a subscription service for their content….

Research snapshot – Hedge School: David Fitzpatrick’s Politics and Irish Life, 1913–21: provincial experience of war and revolution (1977) reassessed

History Ireland’s Hedge School in Ennis, Co Clare in association with the Clare County Library.– Podcast– Research preparation for panel discussion: focused on War of Independence in county Clare. “The untimely passing of Prof. David Fitzpatrick (TCD) earlier this year provided an opportunity to reassess his ground-breaking 1977 local study of County Clare, which was…

Release 8 – Files of note

More than 4,600 files were released by the MSP Project on 2 October 2019. Within that big mass of records there are many files of interest. Below are just some clusters that might tick some of your research boxes. To search: key in the file reference code in the proper field on the MSPC database…