with John Dorney, Anne Dolan, Diarmaid Ferriter and Margaret O’Callaghan, chaired by Ronan McGreevy

Printworks, Dublin Castle

18/10/2019 at 5:30pm

One hundred years ago the Soloheadbeg ambush in Tipperary set in train the War of Independence which would lead in July 1921 to the Truce and then the Treaty setting up the Irish Free State. The actions of the poorly armed IRA succeeded where previous generations had failed in securing the end of British rule, albeit not in all of Ireland.


Was the war justified? Could Irish independence have been achieved by peaceful means? How should the war be remembered? Our panel of historians will discuss these and other questions surrounding this seminal event in Irish history.


John Dorney is a historian and creator and writer of The Irish History website

Anne Dolan is Associate Professor in Modern Irish History at TCD

Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern History at UCD

Margaret O’Callaghan is a senior lecturer in history at Queen’s University, Belfast

Ronan McGreevy is a journalist with the Irish Times

Booking not required.