Dublin City Library and Archive

05/10/2019 at 10:00am - 4:00pm

A full-day seminar marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the War of Independence. Speakers will address the latest research on various aspects of the war.


Breandán Mac Suibhne Our place in a time of violence; Reflections on the Tan War in West Donegal

Ailbhe Rogers 1919, Dublin women and the War of Independence

Brian Hanley Loaded with dynamite: Ireland’s global revolution

James Scannell The weapons of the War of Independence

Anne-Marie McInerney “My God, man! If you use that, you kill every prisoner in Mountjoy”: Imprisonment during the Irish War of Independence

Frank Whearity Aspects of the War of Independence, 1920 in North County Dublin; the IRA and the dreaded Black and Tans

Michael Robinson Disabled Irish Great War Veterans during the Irish Revolution

Conor McNamara Behold the Mysteries of Faith; Liam Mellows, a life in search of the heroic

John Dorney The IRA’s Dublin Brigade in the War of Independence


This seminar accompanies the exhibition Goodbye Dublin: the War of Independence in the City which is on view in Dublin City Library and Archive until the end of October 2019.


Using a mixture of archival sources and film footage, the exhibition details the impact on Dubliners’ everyday lives, the international dimension and the civilian death toll in the war between the IRA and the Crown forces.


Exhibition tours/talks with Dublin City Council historians in residence take place every Tuesday at 11am, Thursday at 1pm and some Saturdays. Please book to attend on Eventbrite:

Booking not required.