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Is Twitter killing my Blog?

Writer’s Block is a real illness. It is! That feeling when you want to punch a wall and hopefully the words will flow, with the blood and plaster flakes and swearing! But it doesn’t really work that way…poor knuckles could … 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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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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“Black and Tans” in Palestine

Ireland was only the beginning for the Black and Tans…. 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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Irish History Students’ Association Annual Conference 2014

  Today I have the great honour to be speaking at a panel of the Irish History Students’ Association Annual Conference 2014. The conference will come this year from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick for the first time in the IHSA history.  … Continue reading

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Commemorations and Perceptions of the Auxiliary Division

   (Laying of Wreaths at RIC Memorial, Glasnevin Cemetery, 2012. Photograph: Longford Leader) The Auxiliary Division are perceived as almost being inseparable from their sister force, the Black and Tans, at least as far as the average commentator is concerned. … Continue reading

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Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc on Commemorating Kilmichael A well written article exploring the minefield that is the proposed commemorative tribute to the Auxiliary Division, at the site of the Kilmichael Ambush. 

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Cell now has another meaning in counterinsurgency

Cell now has another meaning in counterinsurgency. (image from http://www.todayinirishhistory.com) This is an interesting article regarding the relative ease and frailties of both modern insurgencies and civilized life. An interesting parallel to draw between this action and the formation of … Continue reading

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