Tag Archives: Anglo-Irish War

‘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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Memento Mori – Morior Invictus

Being a historian is difficult. There’s the slog work as I call it; the readings, the theories, the whiteboard sessions, the late nights and early mornings, the travel (and travel food and budgets and not having a proper workspace on … 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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Romancing rebellion: the culture that spawned the Irish rebels of Easter 1916

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/10/romancing-rebellion-culture-spawned-irish-rebels-easter-1916-b The review begs the question was the real fight the revolution of the soul?

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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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“Black and Tans” in Palestine

Ireland was only the beginning for the Black and Tans…. 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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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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Rise of the Footsoldier: A Social History of the Temporary Gentlemen of the Auxiliary Division

  On the 1st of March, 2014, I presented my paper entitled ‘Rise of the Footsoldier: A Social History of the Temporary Gentlemen of the Auxiliary Division’ to the Irish History Students’ Association Annual Conference, 2014. The conference which was … Continue reading

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He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice….

http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Dublin-Castle-and-the-Anglo-Irish-War–Counter-Insurgency-and-Conflict1-4438-1392-3.htm Just to let those looking for Christmas gifts know, that my book on British Counter-insurgency efforts during the Anglo-Irish War is available from Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing or from Amazon. The book examines the reasons and ask the hard questions … Continue reading

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