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…

Haughey and Hillery – political clichés

Few things are as entrenched as political lineage within families. There is the impression that political dynasties have existed for generations. Traditionally families have been either Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.  This post will explore two of the cases that will challenge that cliché. The first case is that of John Haughey (24SP9208) probably best…

The rescue of Robert Byrne from Limerick Union hospital (April 1919)

On Sunday 6 April 1919, several dozen members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Limerick city were mobilised to take part in a dangerous operation. Their mission was to enter the public area of a hospital during visiting hours and rescue a bed-ridden comrade who was being closely guarded around the clock by armed…

New narratives on the Soloheadbeg ambush (21 January 1919)

View the Soloheadbeg highlight in the Brigade Activity Reports 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…

Nora Gavin – The limits of involvement

Nora Gavin was born on 28 June 1891 and lived in Castlebar, Co Mayo. At the age of 23, she was appointed to the Post Office in Tuam, Co Galway. She was subsequently transferred to Tubbercurry (Co. Sligo) and then to Kiltimagh (Co.Mayo) She lost her employment as a telephonist in Kiltimagh as a result…