Category Archives: Commemoration

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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That’s a wrap!

I cannot tell you of the sheer unbridled joy (and yawns) that flow from a Call for Papers ending friends! You should never, ever offer to.run a conference! To that end, normal (ish) service will resume here in.about a month, … 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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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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The Historian and the Arts/or the ‘Temporal Engineer’

I have been thinking about writing this post for some time. But I caution you the avid reader, just because I have devoted considerable thought to something does not mean I have advanced it thoroughly! You have been warned! This … 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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Uncivilised Actions in a Civil War

With the world’s rather limited attention span at present being directed at the horrors that are the civil wars in both Ukraine and Iraq/Syria, one could almost be forgiven for thinking that the Irish road to eventual independence came with … 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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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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Remember the Alamo?

Phil Collins donates Alamo hoard http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28054287 Collection of military memorabilia is at an all time. With the natural rise in interest in the First World War with the centenary of that conflict rapidly approaching. In this case it’s Phil Collins … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Lest we forget

The community of Listowel in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland ought to be congratulated. From such a small town, so many great writers have come forth (John B. Keane, Bryan MacMahon, etc), sporting greats (Owen “The Bomber” Liston, Tadhg Keenly, … Continue reading

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