New narratives on the Soloheadbeg ambush (21 January 1919)

Following the 1916 Easter Rising and in the lead up to the Soloheadbeag ambush, the re-organised Irish Volunteers and Na Fianna Éireann were involved in some isolated armed incidents. In June 1917, RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) Inspector John Mills was fatally struck with a hurley at a public meeting outside the burnt-out shell of Liberty…

Members of the First Dáil in the MSPC

The island of Ireland elected 105 MPs in the 1918 UK General Election with Sinn Féin winning a decisive landslide victory. It was also an historic election as women over 30 had the opportunity to vote for the first time as did all men over 21. The results were: Sinn Féin – 73 Irish Unionist…

Military Service Pension Grades Explained

Pension Grades – Military Service Pensions Act, 1924 Under the Military Service Pensions Act, 1924 pension grades relate to the rank system within the Defence Forces. Receipt of a pension under the act was dependent on service with the National Army and/or the Defence Forces during the periods between 1 July 1922 and 30 September…

The international gun-running exploits of James Joseph Baskerville

James Joseph Baskerville was active with the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Republican (IRA) from late 1916 until May 1923. His attempts to source guns for the IRA in the 1919-22 period brought him to a minimum of seven different cities across four countries and three continents. It is these fascinating three years abroad that…

Deciphering the Archives

In previous blogs on this site, the focus has naturally been on the records of the Military Service Pensions Collection, the people they represent and the events therein described. While the work of the archivists behind the scenes can sometimes be overlooked, the obstacles and challenges they face, when acknowledged, can lead to an even…

Behind the scenes

For this, the final post of 2017 the focus will be a little different. Rather than an individual or event, this post will address the workflow from file selection to presentation on the web. To do this the post will focus on the wound pension series with examples taken from the application of Dan Breen….