While the Irish Civil War first erupted in Dublin, playing out through the seizure and eventual recapture of the Four Courts, it quickly swept over the entire country. In The Civil War in Dublin John Dorney extends his study of Dublin beyond the Four Courts surrender, delivering shocking revelations of calculated violence and splits within the pro-Treaty armed forces.
Dorney’s exacting research, using primary sources and newly available eyewitness testimonies from both sides of the conflict, provides total insight into how the entire city of Dublin operated under conditions of disorder and bloodshed: how civilians and guerrillas controlled the streets, female insurgents operated alongside their male counterparts, the patterns of IRA violence and National Army counter-insurgency alternated, and – for the first time – how the pro-Treaty ‘Murder Gang’ emerged from Michael Collins’ IRA Intelligence Department, ‘the Squad’.
The Civil War in Dublin brings the city to life through meticulous detail and reveals unsettling truths about the extreme actions taken by a burgeoning Irish Free State and its Anti-Treaty opponents.
Table of Contents
- Nationalist Revolution in Dublin 1913–21
- The Treaty Split, January to March 1922
- The Four Courts Occupation and the First Shots, January to May 1922
- The Northern Dimension
- From Election to Civil War, June 1922
- The Siege of the Four Courts, 28–30 June 1922
- The Battle for Dublin, 30 June – 7 July 1922
- Crossing the Rubicon, Civil War
- From Blessington to the Night of the Bridges, July to August 1922
- A Dublin Invasion, The Munster Landings and the Death of Collins, August 1922
- The Politics of Civil War
- The Propaganda War
- Urban Insurgency, Dublin, August to November 1922
- Counter Insurgency and Barracks Attacks
- The Prison War
- Executions, December 1922
- A Season of Outrage, December 1922 to February 1923
- The Wars Within the War
- The Bitter End, February to May 1923
- Monopolies of Force, May 1923 to April 1924
- Appendix I: Casualties of the Civil War in Dublin
- Appendix II: Glossary of Terms
About the Author
John Dorney is an independent historian and chief editor of the Irish Story website. He is the author of Peace After the Final Battle: The Story of the Irish Revolution 1912-1924 (2014) and Griffith College Dublin: A History of its Campus (2013).