The Civil War in Dublin: The Fight for the Irish Capital, 1922-1924

The Civil War in Dublin: The Fight for the Irish Capital, 1922–1924

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Dublin’s Civil War 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.

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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

  1. Nationalist Revolution in Dublin 1913–21
  2. The Treaty Split, January to March 1922
  3. The Four Courts Occupation and the First Shots, January to May 1922
  4. The Northern Dimension
  5. From Election to Civil War, June 1922
  6. The Siege of the Four Courts, 28–30 June 1922
  7. The Battle for Dublin, 30 June – 7 July 1922
  8. Crossing the Rubicon, Civil War
  9. From Blessington to the Night of the Bridges, July to August 1922
  10. A Dublin Invasion, The Munster Landings and the Death of Collins, August 1922
  11. The Politics of Civil War
  12. The Propaganda War
  13. Urban Insurgency, Dublin, August to November 1922
  14. Counter Insurgency and Barracks Attacks
  15. The Prison War
  16. Executions, December 1922
  17. A Season of Outrage, December 1922 to February 1923
  18. The Wars Within the War
  19. The Bitter End, February to May 1923
  20. Monopolies of Force, May 1923 to April 1924
  21. Epilogue
  22. Appendix I: Casualties of the Civil War in Dublin
  23. 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).

Additional Information

Author

John Dorney

Format

Hardback, Paperback

Imprint

Merrion Press

Publication Date

14 August 2017