“The Pope is the enemy of Irish Republicanism and Irish independence” Should we commemorate the Catholic Church’s role in the War of Independence?

By Padraig Og O Ruairc Introduction – Ignoring faith and misrepresenting history?   The official state commemoration marking the centenary of the Soloheadbeg Ambush and the start of the War of Independence began with a Catholic mass celebrated the Archbishop of Cashel Kieran O’Reilly.[1] Archbishop O’Reilly’s prominence at the commemoration …

Podcast: The 1918 election

Cathal Brennan and John Dorney discuss the historic election of 1918. We discuss: Politics in Ireland before 1918, the restricted franchise, Home …