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Irish History Lectures: The Irish Civil War

Class of 50

11/10/2022 7:00pm

What is it? An online history lecture 

When is it? 11th Oct 7pm – 8.30pm

Where? Online via Zoom

How do I register? Register on this page
and receive the Zoom joining link the day of the lecture

How much does it cost? Only £5 per lecture or £23 for all 5 in the series

Ireland commemorates a series of centenaries in modern Irish history, join us
for an insightful new 5-week online Irish History Lecture series, curated by Prof
Louise Ryan, London Metropolitan University. This introductory series will aim
to give you a good understanding and basic knowledge of events which took place
between 1919-1923 which led to Ireland’s independence.

Guest speakers, including, Professor
Marie Coleman (Queens Belfast University), Dr Alan McCarthy (University College
Cork), and Professor Louise Ryan (London Metropolitan University), will
introduce us and give us a better understanding of the significant
chronological events from the War of Independence through to the Civil War.

Each lecture will be approximately 1 hr, followed by a 30min Q&A, which
will allow participants to ask questions and gain a deeper knowledge of each

£5 Individual Lecture
Full Lecture Series – £23


lecture will explore the factors that contributed to the outbreak of the Irish
Civil War on 28 June 1922. We will explore the key personalities and
belligerents who fought in the conflict as well as its two distinct phases: the
conventional line warfare that toom place in the summer of 1922, and the
guerrilla war that was fought from September until May 1923 when the
anti-Treaty IRA dumped arms. Official state-sanctioned executions and
extra-judicial killings were a feature of the conflict and greatly contributed
to its bitter legacy.

Alongside engaging with key
personalities and events, such as the death of Michael Collins at the Béal na
Bláth ambush in August 1922, this lecture will also reflect on the civilian
experience of the war and its legacy within Irish society as both Fianna Fáil
and Fine Gael, the two most dominant parties in Irish politics in the 20
and 21
st centuries, tracing their origins to the two sides who
fought against each other in the Civil War.


Alan McCarthy was conferred with a PhD by UCC
in 2019. He published his first book, Newspapers and Journalism in Cork,
1910-23: Press Politics and Revolution
in 2020 with Four Courts Press and
was awarded a Special Commendation by the NUI Publication Prize in Irish
History. Presently, he is writing a history of adult education in the south of
Ireland from 1946-2021 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Adult
Continuing Education (ACE) Department in UCC.