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

Dr. Eamonn T. Gardiner, is a Consulting Historian. He has previously conducted research into links between wartime traumatic-neurosis and evidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) amongst veterans of the First World War serving as Auxiliary Policemen, during the Anglo-Irish War 1919-1921. He has written extensively on British central and colonial administrative responses to popular insurgencies. In 2009 he published 'Counterinsurgency and Conflict: Dublin Castle and the Anglo-Irish War (CSP, 2009).' Published papers include; 'The training of the Irish Volunteers, 1913-1916' (The Irish Sword, 2017); 'Scattered, Ambushed and Laid Out: War and Counterinsurgency in the greater Tuam area, 1919-1921' (JOTS, 2015). Research interests include De-Colonialisation/Post-Colonialism; Insurgency, Police/Military Histories; Institutional Histories; Modern Irish/World History; History of Conflict, Protectorates and Peace-Keeping; Hegemony; Old and New Terrorism.
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