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History Ireland Hedge School Podcast

A century on—how do we view the Irish Civil War?

Listen back here to History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, and the Hedge School panel—John Dorney, Brian Hanley, Colum Kenny and Mary McAuliffe—field questions from Leaving Cert students in Coulson Theatre, Gonzaga College, Dublin (recorded on 2 March 2023).

This Hedge School is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023 initiative. All Hedge Schools and podcasts are also available through the Decade of Centenaries website.


John Dorney is editor of ‘The Irish Story’ website and author of The Civil War in Dublin: The Fight for the Irish Capital, 1922–1924 (Irish Academic Press, 2017).

Brian Hanley is Assistant Professor of Twentieth Century Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin, and is the author of Republicanism, Crime and Paramilitary Policing in Ireland, 1916-2020 (Cork University Press, 2022).

Colum Kenny is Emeritus Professor of Communications at Dublin City University and the author of A Bitter Winter: the Irish Civil War 1922-23 (Eastwood Books, 2022).

Mary McAuliffe is Assistant Professor and Director of Gender Studies, UCD, and author of Margaret Skinnider (UCD Press, 2020).

About History Ireland Hedge Schools

The History Ireland Hedge School, developed by Tommy Graham, is a public history format making high-quality research accessible to a general audience—the individual Hedge Schools are lively, unfettered debates on a range of historical topics. For media interviews on History Ireland Hedge Schools email Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland magazine and Hedge School ‘Master’.

About the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023

The objective of the State programme for the remaining period 2021–2023 is to ensure a deeper understanding of a complex period in our history, including the Struggle for Independence, the Civil War, the Foundation of the State and Partition, and that the centenaries of these historical events and others of significance are marked appropriately. More information is available here.

Thanks to Dr Tuite for coordinating this event.



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