The Hedge School Fingal Podcast series

Hedge School Series Sack of Balbriggan

Image: The aftermath of the sack of Balbriggan by Black and Tans on 20 September 1920.

History Ireland Hedge Schools

To what extent did the military tactics of Thomas Ashe's (5th) Fingal battalion of the Irish Volunteers in 1916 prefigure those of the IRA in the War of Independence, 1919-21? To what extent did the sack of Balbriggan in September 1920 provide the template for subsequent reprisals by Crown force? To discuss the role of Fingal (North County Dublin) in the revolutionary decade join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with John Dorney, Marie Bashford Synnott, and Frank Whearity.

This Hedge School is supported by Fingal County Council and the Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022

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John Dorney, editor of ‘The Irish Story’ website and author of ‘Peace After The Final Battle—the story of the Irish Revolution 1912-1924 (New Island Books, 2013).

Marie Bashford Synnott, MA in Women’s Studies, member of Skerries Historical Society.

Frank Whearity, The Easter Rising of 1916 in north County Dublin: a Skerries perspective (Maynooth Local Studies series, 2013), member of Skerries Historical Society.

About History Ireland Hedge Schools

History Ireland Hedge Schools, developed and facilitated by the History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, have been running since 2010 and are lively debates presented on a wide range of international, national and local topics. History Ireland Hedge Schools provide a novel and interesting way to bring historical topics to life.

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