Hedge Schools: Irish Volunteer Training 1913-1916


Here is a slideshow which I used to accompany a paper which I gave last September, 2013, at the Military History Society of Ireland, at Collins Barracks. The paper dealt with the reality after the Irish Volunteers had been founded, the IV Committee was faced with the fact that they had to prepare and deliver a programme of training for their thousands of new members. Obviously this was difficult owing to the fact that new Volunteer units were organic in nature, in that they established themselves and then affiliated with their nearby hierarchical meta units (e.g. Mitchelstown and Cork City). This meant that no two units were the same. They all suffered a dearth of weapons and ammunition which meant that Volunteers had to either supply their own (with severe difficulty) or had to train with substandard weaponry.

IV Six

Problems were also encountered when Volunteers had to engage in staff exercises or tactical exercises, in terms of messing (feeding) and supply for the men; men usually had to supply their own food and while this was not a problem for Sunday exercises, it increased in magnitude when the Volunteers deployed for week long exercises.

I will publish tranches of that paper on this site over the coming weeks and months!


About eamonntgardiner

I am a PhD Student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am conducting research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst British First World War veterans serving as Auxiliary Policemen in Ireland during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. I have previously conducted research into local Irish Volunteer/Old IRA units in Munster as well as British responses to popular insurgencies in areas they administered. I have previously published a book on the British Counterinsurgency responses to the IV/IRA conflict in Ireland, 1919-1921, entitled 'Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War: Counter Insurgency and Conflict.' I have also published papers on various aspects of that war and also on other insurgencies. I write a regular blog on those and other related matters, which can be read at https://eamonntgardiner.wordpress.com/ My research interests include Feminism and De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism, Insurgency, Police and Military Histories, Institutional Histories. Subaltern Studies, International History of the 20th Century, Modern Irish History, Historiography, History of Conflict, Peace Keeping/Enforcement/Protectorates, Spheres of Influence, Hegemonic Theories, Old and New Terrorism.
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