In this episode we are joined by Irish American historian Joseph E.A. Connell Jr. to discuss his new book Michael Collins: Dublin 1916 – 1922. Michael Collins was the Chairman of the Provisional Government set up after the Anglo – Irish Treaty of 1921. Collins was a Gaelic League and GAA activist and served in the GPO during the Easter Rising. During the War of Independence, Collins was Director of Intelligence in the IRA and Minister of Finance in the Dáil government.
John Dorney and Joe Connell discuss Collins’ military and political abilities. How his charismatic personality attracted some and alienated others. What he hoped to achieve with the Treaty settlement. How and why he was killed and what his ultimate impact on Irish history was.
On Episode 29 of the Irish History Show we look at the Anglo – Irish Treaty. The Anglo – Irish Treaty was signed on the 6th of December 1921 in London. The Treaty led to the establishment of the Irish Free State. It’s narrow approval by Dáil Éireann on the 7th of January 1922 would lead to a civil war. In this episode we will look at the negotiations leading up to the signing. We will also look at the content and some of the misconceptions that still surround it.
On this episode, the presenters discuss the 1922 Postal Strike. This important, but largely overlooked, event was one of the first major industrial disputes faced by the new Provisional Government of the Irish Free State. The strike was complicated by the fact that it occurred during the Civil War.
In the second part of the show, we discuss the growth of graphic novels about Irish History with author and illustrator Gerry Hunt. We also discuss his latest novel, 1913 – Larkin’s Labour War. Gerry’s previous graphic novels include In Dublin City, Streets of Dublin, Blood upon the Rose, Draugr in Dublin City and At War with the Empire.