Tag 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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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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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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Mullinahone RIC station

http://humphrysfamilytree.com/Cashel/mullinahone.station.html

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Documentary reveals 2m Irish men died fighting for Britain

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/documentary-reveals-2m-irish-men-died-fighting-for-britain-264038.html?utm_source=androidapp&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=sharebutton

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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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“Black and Tans” in Palestine

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

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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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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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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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Hark the Herald…..A Harbinger of the Troubles to Come

In the early 1920s the British Government were beginning to get rather desperate. Ireland was disintegrating, the ironclad control of the province which previous administrations exercised over the island was rapidly evaporating and it was only through the commission of … Continue reading

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‘The Irish Are Delusional’: British Cabinet Papers & Anglo-Irish Treaty

  In the Republic of Ireland there is a school of thought that quite often prevails in some circles; namely, that Michael Collins ‘sold-out’ the Republic and accepted the Irish Free State. The thinking continues that this in turn led … 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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30 Pieces of Weregild

It seems that old enemies can become new friends. Old wounds can and are forgiven. But only if a price is paid. Blood money was the old fashioned term, or Weregild if you prefer the Anglo-Saxon term. Today it has fallen into … Continue reading

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The Other Auxiliaries

This is the text of a paper which I presented in March at Queen’s University Belfast, concerning Women Police Auxiliaries during the Anglo-Irish War, 1919-1921. Introduction The Anglo-Irish War (1919-1921) was a conflict characterised by concomitant cycles of revolutionary terror, … Continue reading

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‘Practice Parade at Portobello Barracks’

A Chairde, Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! While the militaries of the world prepare for parades on St. Patrick’s Day, it is important to remember that not all formal parades are joyful ones. This wonderful document from the Bureau of … Continue reading

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‘Stewards Enquiry’: The Curragh Mutiny and trade in Horse Meat in Ireland in 1914!

In recent days there has been a furore surrounding the discovery of traces of horse meat in beef products sold in Ireland. As a historian, this has sparked a personal debate; what is the real issue here? Irish people appear to … Continue reading

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