2019 Festival – Episode 1.
On 21st January 1919, the Soloheadbeg ambush in Tipperary set in train the Irish 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?
Historians Anne Dolan, John Dorney, and Diarmaid Ferriter discuss Ireland’s War of Independence, chaired by journalist and author Ronan McGreevy. It was recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle, on 18th October 2019, and we join the conversation with Ronan McGreevy asking about perceptions of the conflict.