Category Archives: Ireland

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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‘The Write Stuff’

The difficult part of blogging is not in the writing. Believe it or not having something to say has never been a hard thing for me to do! Rather it is to find (a) the time and (b) the right thing to … 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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Puritanical Ireland’s great poster cover-up

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/puritanical-irelandrsquos-great-poster-cover-up-269689.html?utm_source=androidapp&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=sharebutton This is a fantastic archive, a cross section of Irish censorship history throughout the twentieth century. Looking at, in particular Marilyn Monroe’s “dress”, one cannot but help be struck by the sheer absurdity of it all! A great head-shaking … 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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‘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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