Podcast: Land and revolution in Ireland, with Terry Dunne

Potato digging in Galway early 1900s. (Courtesy of of National Archives site)

Terry Dunne joins John Dorney to discuss agrarian agitation, land reform and political upheaval in Ireland from 1919 to 1923. First aired on the Irish History Show.

We discuss:

  • The geography of agrarian discontent in Ireland.
  • Poverty and protest in rural Ireland
  • How the Irish revolution interacted with ‘cattle-driving‘, land occupations and labourers’ strikes, especially through the Dail Courts.
  • How British and then Free State governments dealt with this agitation
  • It’s implications for life in independent Ireland.

Dr. Terry Dunne is a sociologist and historian and was Laois County Historian in Residence in 2021 and 2022. He is the host of the Peelers and Sheep podcast which is available here. You can read more articles from him on the Irish Story here.

See also:

Interview: Farming in Irish history with Micheal O Fatharthaigh.

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