History talk on former IRA Chief of Staff

by Rose Barrett
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 Balbriggan Historical Society & District will host its first talk for 2024 on Wednesday, March 27, writes Rose Barrett.

Skerries native Gerard Shannon will deliver a talk on Liam Lynch titled To Declare a Republic: the life of Liam Lynch, IRA Chief of Staff, 1892-1923.” The talk will commence at 8pm in the Bracken Court Hotel on Wednesday 27.

“General Liam Lynch was one of the most important republican leaders of the Irish revolutionary period,” said Balbriggan Society. “Hailing from rural Limerick, Lynch proved himself an accomplished guerrilla commander of the IRA’s Cork No 2 Brigade in north Cork, masterminding important operations against British forces during the War of Independence.

“Following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Lynch soon established him as a chief opponent to the settlement, seeing it as a betrayal of the Irish republican cause. On becoming leader of the anti-Treaty IRA at the outset of the Irish Civil War, Lynch was a major driving of republican resistance to the emerging Irish Free State, with his death in April 1923 ultimately signalling an end to the military fighting of the conflict. This talk from Gerard Shannon, author of the most recent biography of Lynch, explores the life of this fascinating figure.”

The speaker Gerard Shannon is a public historian of the Irish revolutionary period from Skerries and has a MA in History from DCU School of History and Geography. His first book, ‘Liam Lynch: To Declare a Republic’, was published in March 2023 from Merrion Press and featured on the non-fiction best seller lists. He is currently developing a biography of IRA leader Rory O’Connor, to see publication in early 2025.

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