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Spies, Rebels and Informers 2 – free online event on Saturday, December 4th December 2, 2021

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Spies, Rebels and Informers 2
 is a  free online event on Saturday December 4th featuring  presentations  by 


(1) Brian Hand, a grandson of Liam Tobin will focus on the post conflict careers of Liam Tobin and Joe McGrath in a presentation entitled Once an Intelligence Officer always an Intelligence Officer.

(2) Liz Gillis, Historian and researcher with RTEs History Show, will focus on  Women in the Intelligence War. Although women were central to the intelligence war their contribution has often been overlooked. Far too many accounts of the intelligence war render women invisible, obscuring their contributions and the risks they took; yet without them the intelligence war could not have succeeded.

(3)  Séamus Cullen on Ned Broy – The Spy from Rathangan who was born in 1887 and grew up on the Kildare Offaly border. Broy, who was played by Stephen Rea in Neil Jordan’s film on Michael Collins,  did not meet the same fate as his fictional counterpart. But he was found out by British intelligence, and spent five months  in solitary confinement in  Arbour Hill on 56 charges of High Treason. Collins threw some doubt on the British case against Broy by persuading another detective in G Division to flee from Ireland. When Broy was released on July 12th Michael Collins was waiting outside the gates of Arbour Hill Prison for him with a new suit of clothes. Not long afterwards Broy accompanied Collins to London for the Treaty negotiations acting as his Private Secretary, and bodyguard. Seamus Cullen’s research reveals that Broy was far more important to Collins than was previously thought and in addition to passing on vital intelligence, he also helped shape Collins’s counterintelligence strategy, becoming a key player in the network of spies who provided Collins and the IRA with vital intelligence.

Click Eventbrite link below for further information an to registerhttps://www.eventbrite.ie/e/spies-rebels-and-informers-2-tickets-215932298317

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