War of Independence: A podcast series with Mick Clifford

War of Independence: A podcast series with Mick Clifford

Councillor Joe Kavanagh, Lord Mayor of Cork, laying a wreath at St. Finbarr's Cemetery, Cork, to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Terence MacSwiney who was Lord Mayor of Cork and died in Brixton Prison. Picture Denis Minihane.

To mark the War of Independence, the Irish Examiner is publishing a four-part podcast series focussing on some of the events from those turbulent times.

Today we publish the third part of the series in which host Michael Clifford talks to UCC historian Dr John Borgonovo about the war which was an early example of guerrilla warfare, fought with the co-operation and consent of the native population.

But how intense was the war? What kind of people were the volunteers and how did they operate and engage with the native population and how did they deal with informers?

Over the series, Michael Clifford also talks to a variety of historians in a series of enlightening and informative conversations.

Episode 1 - 'A Tale of Two mayors' with Gabriel Doherty

Tomas MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney both served as lord mayors of Cork in 1920. Both tenures in office were very short as Mac Curtain was murdered in his home two months after taking the mayoral chain and MacSwiney, his successor, died in Brixton Prison at the end of a 74 day hunger strike.

Historian Garbriel Doherty sketches out the lives and deaths of these two close friends, their respective roles in the War of Independence and how each of them is regarded within Cork and beyond.

 

The funeral procession of Terence MacSwiney. Picture: Cork public Museum.
The funeral procession of Terence MacSwiney. Picture: Cork public Museum.

Episode 2 - 'The Burning of Cork' with Kieran McCarthy

The burning of Cork in December 1920 was one of the seminal events of the War of Independence. Major damage was done to the city centre and to the psyche of the population in what was an wanton act of violence and destruction. The event had a major impact on the city and its populace for many years after. Historian Kieran McCarthy discusses what led up to the fateful night, how it unfolded and the drawn out aftermath.

Episode 3 - 'The War of Independence' with John Borgonovo 

The War of Independence was an early example of guerrilla warfare, fought with the co-operation and consent of the native population. But how intense was the war? What kind of people were the volunteers and how did they operate and engage with the native population and how did they deal with informers?

Dr John Borgonovo is the guest on this week’s podcast, one of the Irish Examiner’s series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the revolutionary period.

The bodies of British officers killed in Dublin during the Irish War of Independence are taken back to England for burial on the destroyer 'HMS Seawolf. Picture|:  FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The bodies of British officers killed in Dublin during the Irish War of Independence are taken back to England for burial on the destroyer 'HMS Seawolf. Picture|:  FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Part 4 - 'Woman of Their Time' with Helene O’Keeffe

The role of women during the revolutionary period had, until recent decades, not so much been written out but not written in at all. That is beginning to change with greater research into the roles played by women both inside and outside Cumann na mBan. Helene O’Keeffe speaks here about a number of the women who made serious contributions during that period.

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