free event


Sam McGrath – “Manchester’s role in the fight for Irish Independence: New sources and insights from the Military Services Pensions Collection, Dublin.”

The talk is based on newly released files of 45 individuals, and 25 previously released, who claimed pensions based on military service in Manchester in the period of the War of Independence and the Civil War. It also looked briefly at the role that Manchester Volunteers played in the 1916 Rising, the work of Cumann na mBan throughout the period, family connections of members, emigration and the lives of some individuals post-conflict (1930s and 1940s).

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Ciarán Wallace-Beyond 2022: recalling Ireland’s lost memories

This talk will describe the exciting work being undertaken by the Beyond 2022 researchers as they build the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland – a digital recreation of the Public Record Office of Ireland, destroyed at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1922.

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