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Posted by WorldbyStorm in History, Irish Politics, The Left.


Many thanks to the person who forwarded this…

The historian and author Dr Michael Farry, will give an interesting talk on the role and activities of the labour and trade union movement in Sligo during the war of independence and the civil war; in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo, on Wednesday 20th March at 8.00.p.m.

The title of the lecture, which is being held under the auspices of United Left – People First is “The Irish revolution and the labour movement in Sligo 1912-1923”.

Cllr Declan Bree of People First will preside at the event which is open to the public.

Dr Farry who is a native of Coolaney, Co Sligo, has published a number of books dealing with the period. His most recent book “The Irish Revolution 1912-23 Sligo” was published last November.

Speaking today Cllr Bree said “Dr Farry has consulted an impressive number of sources in researching material for his works. These include all the available local newspapers, British Military and RIC reports and official Dáil Éireann records. Some survivors of the period were also interviewed by Dr Farry and some written accounts by participants were used.

“As with most history there are a wealth of characters that stand out during this period including the labour and trade union leader John Lynch; William Reilly of the transport union; IRA leaders Billy Pilkington and Frank Carty; and other political activists including Michael Nevin, Alec McCabe and Dudley Hanley. Dr Farry’s talk should offer a fascinating insight into the Irish revolution and counter revolution in Sligo.” said Cllr Bree.



1. CB - March 15, 2013

I’d recommend Farry’s book, The Aftermath of Revolution – Sligo 1921-23. My Mam is from Sligo so it was fascinating reading about all the events in the county in detail. It’s great to have local studies of this period rather than books that deal with the whole country where, by their nature, they can’t really devote that much space to local events.
I really hope somebody records the audio and uploads it. Alec McCabe is one of those bizarre characters that the revolutionary period threw up. A lot of info on him in Robert Fisk’s book about Irish neutrality during the second world war


2. Jolly Red Giant - March 15, 2013

I would love to attend that event but the location rules it out – I hope someone records it and puts it online.


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