Packed with violence, political drama and social and cultural upheaval, the years 1913-23 saw the emergence in Ireland of the Ulster Volunteer Force to resist Irish home rule and in response, the Irish Volunteers, who would later evolve into the IRA. World War One, the rise of Sinn Fein, intense Ulster unionism and conflict with Britain culminated in the Irish War of Independence, which ended with a compromise Treaty with Britain and then the enmities and drama of the Irish Civil War.
The Irish Revolution - the war between the British authorities and IRA - was the first successful revolt anywhere against the British Empire. This narrative places events in Ireland in the wider context of a world in turmoil after the ending of a global war: one that saw the collapse of empires and the rise of fascist Italy and communist Russia.
`A tale of arson, loot and murder' was how one source described the events that would befall Cork city on the night of 11-12 December 1920. Cork Burning tells the story of the events before, during and after that infamous night. It covers such topics as Cork City before December 1920, the Black and Tans, Auxiliaries and K Company, Republican Cork, a timeline of events before the burning of Cork City, early fires and arson by crown forces in Cork, the Kilmichael Ambush, the Dillon's Cross Ambush, premises destroyed, official investigations into the causes, compensation and rebuilding.
An overview of events in Cork city and county during Ireland's revolutionary period, with a comprehensive list of the lives lost on all sides between 1916 and 1923 and the circumstances in which the deaths happened.
Diarmuid Lynch was one of the key architects of the 1916 rising and the last man to leave the GPO. He was deported to America in 1918 where he worked as the national secretary of the FOIF (Friends of Irish Freedom) , but later differences arose between De Valera and the FOIF about how funds raised in America should be spent
The fascinating stories of the lives and deaths of 162 Kerrymen who died for the ideal of an independent Irish republic of 32 counties. Many were killed in action but others were executed or died while in captivity as a result of brutality or neglect. In telling their stories Tim Horgan has provided an intriguing social history of the county.
G.B. Kenna was the pseudonym of Fr John Hassan and Facts and Figures of the Belfast Pogrom 1920-1922 was his compilation of reports to the Provisional Irish government in Dublin on sectarian violence in Belfast during the Irish War of Independence, Truce period and the start of the Civil War. Originally published by O'Connell Publishers in 1922, only 18 copies were bound and distributed with the remainder seemingly withdrawn on the direction of Michael Collins just prior to Collins' death.
Ambitious and novel in its approach, Forging the Border: Donegal and Derry in Times of Revolution, 1911-1925 fills an important lacuna, and challenges long-held assumptions and beliefs about the road to partition in the north-west.