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Aspects of War and Revolution in Ireland 1917 to 1923: Three short talks by Dublin City University history PhD students

October 11, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Raheny Library is delighted to present three short talks by DCU history PhD students on Aspects of War and Revolution in Ireland 1917-1923. Spanning the six years between the middle of the First World War and the end of the Irish Civil War, the three talks feature fresh insights into events which had lasting impact in Dublin and beyond.

The first talk ‘Dedicated lantern slide shows and other supports for Dublin allotment growers in 1917’, by Noel Carolan shows how the Department of Agriculture and Dublin Corporation increased urban food supply to combat wartime price inflation and scarcity. By the end of 1917 there were almost 5,500 vegetable allotments in Dublin city – a gigantic 17-fold increase over the almost 300 of the previous year.

This talk shows how some innovative central and local government supports undoubtedly helped to deliver such unparalleled success.

Joe Rodgers’ talk ‘A 1922 Warzone on O’Connell Street’ features the Civil War destruction, associated financial compensation and rebuilding of the city’s main street. Unlike the earlier devastation of the street during the 1916 Rising, historians have paid scant attention to the impact of the Civil War. Drawing on largely unexplored archives, the talk describes the outcome for private and commercial property owners alike.

Finally, Michael Loughman explores how the Civil War divided a renowned revolutionary family in his talk ‘The Ryans of Tomcoole and the Civil War’. The Ryan siblings included several dedicated Cumann na mBan activists and a member of the Irish Volunteers. Few families were as bitterly divided by the Treaty and the civil warfare it unleashed.

The talk charts the extraordinary, contrasting and enduring wartime experiences of the Ryans of Tomcoole. Titles of the three speakers’ PhD research topics are listed on the website of the School of History and Geography, at Dublin City University, at https://www.dcu.ie/historygeography/current-research-students-0


October 11, 2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Event Type
In-person only
Event Phone Number
01 2228323
1 hour
Wheelchair accessible
Noel Carolan, Joe Rodgers and Michael Loughman