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A Short History of the Irish Revolution in Four Parts with Myles Dungan
Part 4: What did you do in the War of Independence, Grandad?

In partnership with Hinterland West

For three years (1919-1922), Irish radical nationalists took on the military might of the British Empire in an uneven struggle. This short course examines how they fought their colonizers to a standstill, and achieved independence.

What did you do in the War of Independence, Grandad? - How to use online resources (Irish census returns, the Bureau of Military History, the Military Services Pensions Collection, Newspapers) to trace the activities of your ancestors during the Irish revolutionary period.


Dr. Myles Dungan (PhD Trinity College, Dublin, 2012) is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster and is also Programme Director of the annual Hinterland Festival in Kells, Co. Meath. He currently presents the weekly RTE Radio 1 programme The History Show, writes a weekly column (‘Fake Histories') for the RTE Radio 1 Drivetime programme, and has worked as presenter of various RTE radio and TV programmes for the last thirty years (Five Seven Live, Rattlebag, Prime Time). He is an Adjunct Lecturer in the UCD School of History and is the recipient of two Fulbright Awards. He has taught Irish history in UCD, Trinity College and the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of more than a dozen books on Irish and American history (including Irish Voices from the Great War, How the Irish Won the West and Mr. Parnell's Rottweiler). In 1985 he co-founded the Dublin Film Festival with film critic Michael Dwyer. He also chaired the advisory committee of the IFI's Stranger Than Fiction Festival in its early years and is a member of the advisory committee of the annual Guth Gafa documentary film festival. He lives in Kells, Co. Meath where he is trying to write detective novels!

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