The Irish Story Archive on the Irish Civil war

The Irish Civil War ripped apart the independence movement from 1922-23. This is an archive of our articles to date on the conflict.

A good place to start is here – The Irish Civil War, an overview.


The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed, December 6, 1921.

Mary MacSwiney and the Treaty Debates.

‘We Must Forgive but we Won’t forget’: The Treaty Debates in the Border Counties, by John Dorney

The Dail votes for the Treaty, 7 January 1922.

Who Shot Frank Lawlor? – an article about assassinations in Dublin during the civil war.

The ‘Bridges Job’ – a disastrous defeat for the IRA in Dublin in early August 1922.

Wellington Barracks – A Microcosm of the Irish Civil war – a look at the experiences of one barracks of pro-Treaty troops in Dublin during the war.

The IRA attack on Dundalk, August 14, 1922

The shooting of Michael Collins, 22 August 1922.

Evasive Manoeuvres: An Examination of Florence O’Donoghue’s Account of the Death of Michael Collins, by Daniel Murray.

The Passing of the Public Safety Act – 27 September 1922 – legislation allowing for military courts and execution of republican prisoners.

The Assassination of Sean Hales and reprisal executions, the killing of Sean Hales TD and the shooting in reprisal of four leading republicans.

Who Was Seamus Dwyer? – on the assassination of leading pro-Treaty politician, article by Michael McKenna.

‘A Damn good clean fight’ The Last Stand of the Leixlip Flying Column, an anti-Treaty column is trapped and wiped out in Kildare.

Weapons of the Irish Civil War, by John Dorney

Thinking about Violence in the Irish Civil War, by John Dorney, an essay on the nature of civil war violence.

The Postal Strike of 1922 – a major industrial dispute at the height of the civil war, which the government put down by use of the National Army.

The Drumboe Martyrs – Kieran Glennon tells the story of his grandfather’s role in the execution of three republicans in Donegal in 1923.

March 1923 – The terror month, A month of grisly atrocities in Kerry.

The Big House and the Irish Revolution. How the republicans systematically destroyed the houses of the old Anglo-Irish landed class during the civil war.

The Burning of the Big Houses Re-Visited,  a follow up article on the burnings by John Dorney.

British Military Involvement in the Irish Civil War. How British military aid and at times assistance all but decided the civil war.

Casualties of the Civil War in Dublin– counting the dead and wounded.

Roundup at Midnight Mass, 1922, a story of the Catholic church and the republicans in Kerry in the civil war.

The Tragedies of Ballyconnell – a series of raids and reprisal in the border area in 1923.

‘Rough and Ready Work’ – The Special Infantry Corps, a corps raised to put down social disorder, by John Dorney

Career (Mis)Adventurers, The IRB in the Free State Army, by Daniel Murray.

The IRB among the anti-Treatyites, by Daniel Murray.

Policing Revolutionary Dublin 1919-1923, by John Dorney.


Making Sense of the Irish Civil War – A conversation with Gavin Foster.

History Wars – John Regan discusses, among other things, the debates over the civil war among historians.

Radio Discussion comparing the civil war and War of Independence in Dublin city.

The Civil War in Dublin, with Cathal Brennan and John Dorney.

Audio documentary, Wellington barracks in the Irish Civil War

Interview about the Ballyseedy masssacre, with John Dorney

John Borgonovo on the Civil War in Cork.

The Irish Civil War – Divisive Memory, with Declan Power and Michael MacDonnacha.

Book Reviews

The battle for Cork City, by John Borgonovo.

The Fall of Dublin by Liz Gillis.

The Story of the Irish Civil War, by John Dorney

The battle of Limerick City, and the Summer Campaign in Kerry,  By Padraig Og O Ruairc and Tom Doyle respectively.

Sligo: The Irish Revolution 1912-1923 by Michael Farry.

From Pogrom to Civil War by Kieran Glennon.

The Flame and the Candle, War in Mayo by Dominic Price.

Judging W.T. Cosgrave, by Michael Laffan.

The Irish Civil War and Society, by Gavin Foster.

Emmet Dalton, by Sean Boyne.


Report on the Irish Civil War Conference in Drogheda, September 2012. By Cathal Brennan.

Report on the Civil War Conference in Athlone, November 2013, by John Dorney

Report on Military Archives talk, ‘Establishing the Free State in conflict‘ includes estimates of the war’s death toll.

‘Up Us!’ The Launch of the Kilmainham Graffiti website.

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