Category Archives: Britain

As British as the Irish themselves

Recently, in conversation with a colleague, I remarked upon a concept which I felt was pretty straightforward. Cut and dry even. That as part of the British home islands, pre-independence Ireland was disproportionally policed. Now it was, there is no … Continue reading

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BBC News: Pub pictures saved from London skip displayed online

Pub pictures saved from London skip displayed online – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35031879

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How male and female bathing suits got smaller and smaller

How male and female bathing suits got smaller and then bigger again goes to highlight what I believe to be the cyclical nature of human history. Simply put old ideas that were once seen as practical and popular go out … Continue reading

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A Lasting Impression

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/06/world/feat-wwi-graffiti-found/ From earliest times man has sought to leave his/her mark on the eternal world. For many this has taken the route of children, achievements, success, monuments. But for others, men and women of more modest circumstances this has taken … Continue reading

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A Broad Church too far?

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/taoiseach-should-visit-graves-of-british-soldiers-killed-in-1916-says-ex-tory-mp-1.2169232 Last week I wrote about the ‘bandwagoneering’ of the Easter Rising. This week’s blog is in a similar vein. The Commanding Officer of the Sherwood Forresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment), some of the soldiers who helped suppress the Rising, … Continue reading

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Questionable Memories and Bandwagoneers

Memorial to British in 1916 centenary http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/memorial-to-british-in-1916-centenary-321506.html?utm_source=androidapp&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=sharebutton The difficult thing about Irish history is memory. Well perhaps memory and the bandwagon. Little know fact but the GPO was like the Tardis; it’s garrison during the 1916 Rising held thousands of … Continue reading

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How to spot a Russian bomber

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-31537705

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To Put Down a Marker

 was an officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary, a proud Tipperary man and an international rugby player (he played the Irish rugby team which met Wales in 1881; the Welsh won their first ever international match that day, 2 Goals … Continue reading

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There can be only One

The unkillable soldier http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30685433 The image that comes to most people’s mind when they imagine veterans, is that of venerable old men (and increasingly women), sitting with their medals showing, usually in a quiet room. Generally they are alone… The … Continue reading

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What should Uruguay do with its Nazi eagle?

What should Uruguay do with its Nazi eagle? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30471063

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The forgotten women of the ‘war in the East’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29665232

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Limerick’s Military & Logistical Heritage

Limerick, my own adopted city, has a proud and even some would say defiant history of involvement in military affairs. From the Williamite siege of the city, to this year’s 75th anniversary celebration of the Irish Army’s Limerick based 12th … Continue reading

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How Nigeria turned Her Majesty’s prison into a place of pleasure

  The British had quite the habit of exporting convicts to their colonies, sometimes to work in forced labour, sometimes for penal servitude made all the worse by its great distance from loved ones and familiarity. Indeed the word ‘exported’ … Continue reading

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Irish Home Rule and the First World War: A Video History by Ronan McGreevy

Irish Home Rule and the First World War   This fantastic short video introduction to the topic of Irish Home Rule and the impact which the advent of the First World War had on it, is brought to you by … Continue reading

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The ‘lost’ poetry of World War One

The ‘lost’ poetry of World War One http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28705819 Britain and the Western World was preparing for the Great War for well over thirty years, so it comes as little surprise that the media was ready to play it’s part. The … Continue reading

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A Positive-Negative Development

    Nationwide Photographic Programme   Last Wednesday night’s Nationwide special brought to us by the Irish national broadcaster, rté, showcased a series of photographs which detail the lives lived by Irishmen and women who volunteered to serve in the Great … Continue reading

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Comdt Padraic Kennedy

Comdt Padraic Kennedy speaks on his role as OiC (Office in Charge) of the Military Archives, the http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie website and the release of the Military Witness Statements which ushered in the Long Decade of Commemoration.

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World War One battlefields 100 years on

World War One battlefields 100 years on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-28461026

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Beyond the Balmoral: Major Claude Raul Champion de Crespigny

  http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/major-claude-raul-champion-de-crespigny-18781941-5th-bt-49166   A portrait of a fine gentleman and Auxiliary Policeman, Claude Raul Champion de Crespigny, 5th Baronet.   This family had an interesting time of it. From the end of the Second World War, the baronetcy passed three … Continue reading

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Nationwide Once Again

Last night rté, Ireland’s national television station, broadcast the first of three shows dedicated to the tensions and histories of the men and women who gave their lives in what would become known as the First World War.  The Nationwide programme … Continue reading

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Royal Crest at NUI Galway

Here are a few pictures which I took some time ago of a disused royal crest carved ‘in the round’ at the National University of Ireland Galway. As you can see from the relief detail and also the lion and … Continue reading

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An Irishman’s Diary on Hubert Gough, an enigmatic general

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/an-irishman-s-diary-on-hubert-gough-an-enigmatic-general-1.1858372

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Trench construction in World War I

Originally posted on Diana Overbey:
When people think of World War I, one of the first images that comes to mind is the trench.  Here’s a look into how these major features were constructed, as well as their impact on…

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Alba go Bráth?

Everyone Scottish child and adult knows that the Battle of Bannockburn was a famous victory for the Scottish over their persecutors the hated English. Or so the popular story goes…. But what was the Battle of Bannockburn really about? What … Continue reading

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Rorke’s Drift heroes Immortalised

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27762901 It is quite sad to think that even though a tremendous action (is battle the right word here?) took place, scores killed and wounded on both sides, heroism unparalleled in modern history and what are we left with? A film, … Continue reading

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“Black and Tans” in Palestine

Ireland was only the beginning for the Black and Tans…. Continue reading

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Countess Markievicz’s Court Martial records

Constance Gore Booth aka Countess Markievicz is listed in this record from the National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew. She was an active member of the Irish Citizen Army before and during the Easter Rising of 1916 and afterwards … Continue reading

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Countess Markievicz’s Court Martial records

Constance Gore Booth aka Countess Markievicz is listed in this record from the National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew. She was an active member of the Irish Citizen Army before and during the Easter Rising of 1916 and afterwards … Continue reading

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Allez des Cauchemars

France’s forgotten Blitz http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27703724 Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Occupied France. The actual landings themselves were preceeded by a massive aerial bombardment of the Nazi held French coastal areas of Normandy. As many as 50,000 … Continue reading

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Young Historians and WWI

Young historians bring past to life for competition http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/young-historians-bring-past-to-life-for-competition-270766.html?utm_source=androidapp&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=sharebutton

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Rising Anger

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/centenary-will-breathe-life-into-old-rising-myths-30263185.html   There is an unspoken hatred among historians, especially military historians and that is the myth! Mythology in Irish life is a fantastic and wonderful thing; it has shaped our existence, our cultural history and even influenced how we … Continue reading

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Necessity is the mother is of invention…

Ever wonder how the humble wristwatch was invented??? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26935867

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The not so silent Killer…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27365003   PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is affecting more British veterans than ever before. A British charity says that it’s treating over 4,500 veterans, the greatest number ever presenting with symptoms consistent with the affliction, the greatest number in … Continue reading

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College prepared to return NI tapes

College prepared to return NI tapes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27286543 A very worrying possible direction for archival material. Regrettably the highly emotive case of the McConvilles could ignite passions concerning the keeping of incindiary archival records. The difficulty for historians and especially historians … Continue reading

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A Grave Injustice

Last week a number of graves belonging to First World War veterans were damaged in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The motive for the attack is being ascribed to mere thuggish vandalism. But perhaps the answer is somewhat more disturbing. The attack … Continue reading

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Polly put the kettle on…no wait, don’t, no…do!

  The title of this blog may be somewhat cryptic for some readers who did not grow up with Anglo-Irish nursery rhymes! It describing how a little girl, Polly, sets about making tea for her mother, step-by-step. What has this … Continue reading

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A Long Long Decade….

  http://m.rte.ie/news/touch//2014/0328/605079-cumann-na-mban-centenary/ The Western World is for the next few years contemplating a very important issue. Almost one hundred years ago, millions of men (and some women) were sent abroad to fight in a war that warped and forever changed … Continue reading

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Survivors….of a kind….

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26170799 The First World War was as it’s name suggests, a titanic thing. It was so monumental both in terms of human sacrifice and geography, that sometimes we as a species fail to grasp a subtle truth. Not all those … Continue reading

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The Other Auxiliaries & Cumamn na mBan

Today at 3pm I will be giving a paper to the Women’s History Association of Ireland conference to commemorate the Centenary of the Irishwomen’s republican organisation, Cumann na mBan. My paper specifically will focus on the British governments attempts to … Continue reading

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Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?

Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer? This piece by the BBC cogently sets forth the disquieting fact that Afghanistan is a place where foreign armies come to wither and leave. The British, Soviets and now ISAF all have failed to … Continue reading

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‘A bed to lie o…

‘A bed to lie on, and enough food to keep life in us to enable us to work, is all any of us should think of now.’ When Terence MacSwiney was attempting to keep the Irish Volunteers out of the … Continue reading

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