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Understanding the Irish Revolution in Dublin

Between 1913 and 1923, the Irish capital was gripped by revolutionary politics. Conflicting political ideas competed for space. What separated a suffragette from a Larkinite, or a self-described Fenian from a Home Ruler? This course visits the key sites of the Irish revolution on a series of walking tours, as well as four in-class lectures (on the themes of ‘radical nationalism’, ‘women’s activism’, ‘socialism and trade unionism’ and ‘Unionism’) to understand the very different ideas that battled for influence in revolutionary Dublin.

Dates Schedule Time Venue/Location Fee €
10 Mar 2020 to 11 Apr 2020 Sessions: 8
Talks: 4 Tuesdays – 19.00 - 21.00

10, 24, 31 March, 7 Apr (no class 17 March)

Walks 4 Saturdays

14, 28 Mar, 4, 11 April

Walks: 4 Saturdays – 11.00 - 13.00
19:00 UCD Belfield Campus


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Talks 4 Tuesdays 

10, 24, 31 March, 7 Apr (no class 17 March)


Walks 4 Saturdays

14, 28 Mar, 4, 11 April


Donal Fallon, John Gibney - Revolutionary Dublin: A Walking Guide (Collins, 2018)

Padraig Yeates - A City in Wartime, Dublin 1914-1918 (Gill Books, 2014)

Donal Fallon is a historian and author based in Dublin.His published work includes a biography of Major John MacBride (O'Brien,2014) and a history of Nelson Pillar. He is a former Historian in Residence to Dublin City Council and former historian to Newstalk Breakfast.

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At the end of the course students should be able to:

Outline the course and causes of the Irish revolution in Dublin. Discuss the complexity of political ideas in revolutionary Ireland. Explain the historic tensions that shaped Irish political discourse.

Four in-class lectures (one hour focused on a lecture, the second hour more open with discussion) and four walking tours of the city.