Civil War Conference 2022 Civil War Conference Details and Links

On Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September 2022 the Military Archives and the Military History Society of Ireland hosted a two-day conference examining the military aspects of the Irish Civil War. The conference, held at the Brigade Auditorium in Cathal Brugha Barracks, was supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media. You can watch the full conference below.


Download the programme to see what was covered during the Civil War Conference.

Day 1 – Friday 23 September 2022

Conference introduction

Speaker: Commandant Daniel Ayiotis, Officer-in-Charge, The Military Archives

Opening address

Speaker: Lieutenant General Seán Clancy, Chief-of-Staff, Óglaigh na hÉireann

Keynote address

Speaker: Professor Eunan O’Halpin

The strategy of the Anti-Treaty IRA

Speaker: Professor Timothy D Hoyt


General Emmet Dalton

Speaker: Sean Boyne

General Liam Lynch

Speaker: Gerard Shannon

General Richard Mulcahy

Speaker: Dr Pádraig Ó Caoimh

Documenting the National Army dead

Speaker: Lisa Dolan

The search for peace during the Civil War

Speaker: Dr Eve Morrison

When Fiction becomes fact: the assassination of Sir Henry Wilson MP, Peaky Blinders and the MSPC

Speaker: Ronan McGreevy

The Civil War in Cork

Speaker: Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Prendergast

The Battle of Dublin

Speaker: Liz Gillis

The battle for Limerick and Kilmallock

Speaker: Dr Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc

Closing address

Speaker: Dr Pat McCarthy

Day 2 – Saturday 24 September 2022

The Air Corps and the Civil War

Speaker: Dr Pat McCarthy

The 18-pounder field-gun and the Civil War

Speaker: Sergeant Robert Delaney

Armour and transport in the Civil War

Speaker: Commandant Lar Joye

‘Every county was different’ – the War in the localities

Four 15-minute presentations by:

Dr Tomás Mac Conmara: Clare

Owen O’Shea: Kerry

Dr Donal Hall: Lough/Armagh

Aaron Ó Maonaigh: Wexford


Three 20-minute papers by:

Dr Jack Kavanagh: Development of the National Army

Michael Keane: Civil War Dead in the Military Service Pensions Collection

Commandant Stephen MacEoin: Commemorating the National Army Dead

Closing address

Speaker: Brigadier General Tony Cudmore, President of the Military History Society of Ireland