Atlas of the Irish Civil War: New Perspectives, Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil

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Wednesday 17 July 2024

2:30 pm

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Atlas of the Irish Civil War: New Perspectives is the newest volume in the Cork University Press atlas series and will be published in September 2024. In a special presentation for the West Cork Literary Festival, editor Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil will give an illustrated talk on the book and associated projects, with a focus on the groundbreaking research by Andy Bielenberg and John Dorney on the fatalties of the Civil War and the subject of his own chapter, entitled ‘Irregulars Versus Slave Staters: propaganda, censorship and the Irish Civil War’.

Editors: Hélène O’Keeffe, John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil, John Borgonovo, Mike Murphy

Admission: €18

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The centenary of the Irish Civil War, 1922-23 has promoted wide-ranging new research into that tumultuous and complex period in Irish history. This newest volume in the Cork University Press atlas series offers fresh perspectives on the military and political history of the Civil War; new insights into regional, national, and international dimensions; the first-ever listing of all Civil War fatalities; original explorations of propaganda, gender, trauma, culture, labour, land and class; and treatment of the long shadow the conflict cast on Irish life. Produced in partnership with the National Library of Ireland and edited by the team responsible for the award-winning Atlas of the Irish Revolution (2017), the Atlas of the Irish Civil War: new perspectives (September, 2024) is richly illustrated with over 200 photographs and archival documents, and a series of newly-created original maps that complement those featured in the Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Reflecting the ongoing scholarship on a conflict that has cast a long shadow in Irish life, this new volume a represents a major and accessible contribution to the historiography of the Civil War.


In the five years since the publication of the widely acclaimed Atlas of the Irish Revolution, the Atlas editorial team has collaborated with a range of partners, including RTÉ, the Irish Military Archives and the National Library of Ireland, on a series of research and map-based outreach and public engagement projects. This new Atlas builds on the Civil War scholarship in the Atlas of the Irish Revolution and draws on exciting new research showcased during the pubic engagement projects and during the Irish Civil War National Conference, hosted by UCC in 2022. The Atlas of the Irish Civil War: New Perspectives is an important legacy project of the Decade of Centenaries.


Editorial Team: Dr John Crowley, Department of Geography, UCC; Dr Helene O’Keeffe, School of History, UCC; Dr Donal O Drisceoil, School of History, UCC; Dr John Borgonovo, School of History, UCC; Mike Murphy, Department of Geography, UCC


Publisher: Cork University Press (forthcoming, Autumn 2024)


Project Partner: The National Library of Ireland


Supporting Partner: With sponsorship from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, under the Government of Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries Programme 2023


Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil

  Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil is one of the editors of the forthcoming Atlas of the Irish Civil War: New Perspectives (Cork University Press, 2024). He is a Senior Lecturer in History at...

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