Civil War Conference Details and Links

On Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September, The Military Archives and the Military History Society of Ireland hosted a 2-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. The full proceedings of the conference were recorded and are available to watch here.

Day 1 – Friday 23rd September 2022

Conference Introduction

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

Opening Address

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

Keynote Address

Prof Eunan O’Halpin

The Strategy of the Anti-Treaty IRA

Prof Timothy D Hoyt


General Emmet Dalton

Sean Boyne

General Liam Lynch

Gerard Shannon

General Richard Mulcahy

Dr Pádraig Ó Caoimh

Documenting the National Army Dead

Lisa Dolan

The Search for Peace during the Civil War

Dr Eve Morrison

When Fiction becomes Fact: The Assassination of Sir Henry Wilson MP, Peaky Blinders and the MSPC

Ronan McGreevy

The Civil War in Cork

Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Prendergast

The Battle of Dublin

Liz Gillis

The Battle for Limerick and Kilmallock

Dr Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc

Closing Address

Dr Pat McCarthy

Day 2 – Saturday 24th September 2022

The Air Corps and the Civil War

Dr Pat McCarthy

The 18-Pounder Field-Gun and the Civil War

Sergeant Robert Delaney

Armour and Transport in the Civil War

Commandant Lar Joye

‘Every County was Different’ – The War in the Localities

4 x 15 minute presentations

Dr Tomás Mac Conmara: Clare

Owen O’Shea: Kerry

Dr Donal Hall: Lough/Armagh

Aaron Ó Maonaigh: Wexford


3 x 20 minute papers

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

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