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War and Revolution in the West of Ireland: Galway, 1913-1922

War and Revolution in the West of Ireland: Galway, 1913-1922

The period 1913-22 witnessed extraordinary upheaval in Irish society. The Easter Rising of 1916 facilitated the emergence of new revolutionary forces and the eruption of guerrilla warfare. In Galway and elsewhere in the west, the new realities wrought by World War One saw the emergence of a younger generation of impatient revolutionaries. In 1916, Liam Mellows led his Irish Volunteers in a Rising in east Galway, and up to 650 rebels took up defensive positions at Moyode Castle. From the western shores of Connemara to market towns such as Athenry, Tuam, and Galway, local communities were subject to unprecedented use of terror by the Crown Forces. Meanwhile, conflict over land, an enduring grievance of the poor, threatened to overwhelm parts of Galway with sustained land seizures and cattle drives by the rural population. War and Revolution in the West of Ireland: Galway, 1913-1922 provides fascinating insights into the revolutionary activities of the ordinary men and women who participated in the struggle for independence. In this compelling new account, Galway historian Conor McNamara unravels the complex web of identity and allegiance that characterised the west of Ireland, exploring the enduring legacy of a remarkable and contested era.

Introduction: ‘The Gnarled and Stony Clods of Townland’s Tip’: Galway in 1913

Chapter 1. A Tradition of Violence: Agrarian Agitation, 1910–18

Chapter 2. Rural Society and the Outbreak of War, 1914–16

Chapter 3. A Lost Republic: Liam Mellows and the 1916 Rising

Chapter 4. The Rise of Sinn Féin and the Volunteers, 1916–20

Chapter 5. War of Independence I: Fighting for Ireland, 1920–1

Chapter 6. War of Independence II: Dying for Ireland, 1920–1

Chapter 7. War of Independence III: Communal Conflict, 1918–22

Conclusion: Forced to be Free?: Violence, Banditry and the Revolution



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