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1. Context & Background
2. General Sites
3. Growing Nationalism
Overview
Emancipation
Nationalism
4. Home Rule  
Overview
The parliamentary fight for Home Rule
1910 Crisis to 1916
5. Easter Rising, 1916 
Events
Key Figures
6. Partition & Civil War 
Overview
Partition
Civil War
Key Figures
 



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1. Context & Background                             go to top of page

 

For the context and long term background to these issues go to the casahistoria site Plantation, Control, Rebellion & Famine for the background themes as follows (just click on a bold section heading to go there):
  1. Plantation & Settlement
  2. Rebellion & Control, 1641-1803  
    • 1641, Civil War & Cromwell
    • 1688-90
    • 1798 & 1803
  3. 19th century: Famine & Emigration
    • Famine
    • Analysis
    • Teaching the famine
    • Emigration

 



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2. General Sites


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  • Northern Ireland's history Excellent site from the BBC in Northern Ireland covering events from Gaelic Ireland to Plantation Ulster then on to the Easter Rising and the Troubles. Finally it looks at the Good Friday Agreement. This has basic information, detailed extra pages, interviews, images, streaming video clips. Use it!
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  • Century Ireland Ten years of news from 1913 (ie from 2013) every fortnight over the next decade in real-time. Excellent resource of articles, background pieces, videos, images, contemporary news reports. The digitalised material will attempt to catalogue the major events that shaped modern Ireland from the Home Rule debate to the Civil War. Produced by RTE, Boston College Ireland, and the National Cultural Institutions of Ireland.
  •  History of Ireland Detailed narrative from Historyworld - but for clarity of overview use the test version of each page - not the interactive.
  • Multitext Project in Irish History Excellent academic resource - articles, texts, key bios, images, maps stats produced by University College, Cork.
  • A History of Ireland and her People by Eleanor Henrietta Hull (1860-1935) co-founder of the Irish Texts Society for the publication of early manuscripts. Written in 1931, obviously best on pre 20th century but still a useful resource. Full text held at Project Gutenberg Australia
  • Chronology of Ireland from the 1600s to present day, with a search feature included. Currently dead, but here it is in perfect order courtesy of the Wayback Machine
  • People, history and politics in Northern Ireland A concise but visual interactive survey from Guardian Unlimited. good place to start.
  • Irish Affairs 1760-89 and 1789-1850 Both sites offer a mix of valuable primary sources and information narratives for schools from the Peel Web
  • Irish History since 1845 An excellent and impartial site devoted to Irish History since the potato famine to the present day.  Text-heavy, but very useful explanations.  §
  • Leaving Certificate Irish History Aimed at students studying for final Irish exams. Not yet complete but provides a very useful overview of much of modern Irish history, covering topics such as Home Rule, the Land Acts, Ulster Unionism, the rise of Sinn Fein, and Anglo-Irish relations; and historical figures such as Isaac Butt, Charles S. Parnell, Michael Davitt, John Redmond, Eamon deValera and others.  §

 



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3. Growing Nationalism


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Overview
  • Three thorough and very valuable histories aimed at presenting an academic background of the crucial events of the 19th century from the University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
    • Society and economy, 1815–1870 by Séan Connolly (includes agricultural crisis, collapse of the wool & cotton industries, famine & Post-famine adjustment)
    • Politics and administration, 1815–1870 by Christine Kinealy (includes The Act of Union, Daniel O’Connell & emancipation, Electoral reform, The Orange Order & sectarian politics, Young Ireland, Government responses to the Famine, Fenianism and Liberal reforms)
    • Culture & religion, 1815–1870 by Dr Myrtle Hill (includes positions of the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian Church, Methodism & Sectarianism before and after the famine)
  • Ireland 1845 to 1922: History Learning website. It has concise, basic material on the following topic:
  • Militarism and Separatism Valuable academic survey looks at the complex history of the pursuit of political goals/independent Irish republic by the use of physical force through organisations like the Irish Republican Brotherhood and Fenians and ultimately the Irish Volunteer. By Eoin Hartnett & Tomás O’Riordan, University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
  • History of the Gaelic Athletic Association Clear survey of its growth and politicisation as an element of increasing nationalism by Gillian M. Doherty & Tomás O'Riordan University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
Emancipation
  • The campaign for Catholic Emancipation, 1823–1829 Overview academic article provides solid background for further study. By Gillian M. Doherty & Tomás O’Riordan of the University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History. Includes the Catholic Association, campaign Tactics, popular and official responses to the campaign, the Emancipation Bill of 1825 and the ‘Wings’ Controversy, the Campaign for Votes & the 1828 victory in Clare and Crisis in London. Good links to documents
  • Daniel O’Connell Concise academic bio by Tomás O’Riordan from the University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
  • O'Connell and Emancipation From A History of Ireland and her People by Eleanor Hull (1860-1935). Written in 1931 but still a useful resource. Full text held at Project Gutenberg Australia but these links are to an easier to read version hosted on libraryIreland.
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4. Home Rule  

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Overview
  • Three thorough and very valuable histories aimed at presenting an academic background of the crucial events of the 19th century from the University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
    • Religion & culture, 1870-1914 by Myrtle Hill (includes Religious Denominations in Ireland, 1870–1914, Protestantism and the Problem of Home Rule, Irish Popular Culture, Unionist Culture, Cultural Nationalism & the Anglo–Irish Literary Revival)
    • Society & economy, 1870-1914 by Myrtle Hill & John Lynch (includes Marriage & Migration, Land Reform, Education, Industrialisation & The Coming of the Railway, The Congested Districts Board, The Labour Movement and the 1913 Lock Out)
    • Politics & administration, 1870-1914 by Maura Cronin (includes Origins of Home Rule, Home Government Association, Home Rule League, Obstructionism, Parnell & Parnellism, More Assertive Nationalism, 1870–1914, Protestantism & Irishness, The Suffrage Movement in Ireland, The First Sinn Féin Party, The Irish Volunteers)
  • Ireland 1845 to 1922: History Learning website. It has concise, basic material on the following topics:
The parliamentary fight for Home Rule
  • 1850-1909: Parnell, Gladstone and the battle for Home Rule Overview from the BBC Northern Ireland site
  • Home Rule Concise academic piece by Fidelma Maguire & Tomás O’Riordan from the University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
  • Home Rule: The Elections of 1885 & 1886, A Case Study. Detailed, thorough and useful academic survey of the Home Rule story by Gillian M. Doherty & Tomás O'Riordan of the University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History. Includes Chronology of the Home Rule Movement to 1886, definitions, support, how the Irish Parliamentary party was organised, Joseph Chamberlain’s Plan for Ireland, ‘Tory Kindnesses’, 1885 General Election, Gladstone’s Home Rule Bill, 1886 Home Rule riots. Good documents
  • Home Rule by Gary Katz. Useful background article from Canadian Broadcasting
  • History of Home Rule for Ireland Concise account from the Appletree Press title: A Little History of Ireland
  • Lecture on Irish Home Rule Text of lectures (lecturer not given) from Centre for Irish Studies, Murdoch University.   §
  • Charles Stewart Parnell by Fidelma Maguire. Thorough academic bio, well supported with links to relevant documents. From the University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
  • On the Home Rule Bill (1886) Extracts from Charles Stewart Parnell's speech in the House of Commons June 7, 1886, on the second reading of the Government of Ireland Bill (i.e., Home Rule Bill)
  • The Anglo-Irish Concise academic piece by Fidelma Maguire from the University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
1910 Crisis to 1916


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5. Easter Rising, 1916 

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Events
Key Figures
  • Ireland 1845 to 1922 History Learning website. It has concise, basic material on the following topics:
  • Primary Documents: Sir Roger Casement's Speech Following his Conviction as a Traitor Reproduced  is the speech given by Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement following his conviction on 29 June 1916 of treason, specifically of bringing German arms to Ireland with the aim of stirring an armed uprising. (Casement, an ex British Consul  had also been at the forefront of the struggle to end the cruelty to Africans and South Americans by European companies)
  • James Connolly bio overview by Tomás O’Riordan of the socialist, trade union leader, writer and 1916 leader. Good document support. University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
  • James Connolly and the Easter Rising James Connolly and the Easter Rising. by Ted Grant and Alan Woods. Like Ted Grants other articles linked in casahistoria, detailed but subjective.
  • Patrick Henry Pearse republican rebel of 1916 & writer. Bio overview by Tomás O’Riordan. Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
  • Patrick Pearse: A Man, Somewhat sycophantic but includes background, photos and documents of the writer, teacher and 1916 revolutionary leader Pádraic H. Pearse (1879-1916). Ccreated by Rose Tempany-Pearse.  §
  • Grace Gifford Plunkett Large site by Val Malin-Rowe. One of its most useful features are links to other Easter Rising articles

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6. Partition & Civil War 

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Overview
  • Three thorough and very valuable histories aimed at presenting an academic background of the crucial events of the 19th century from the University College, Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
    • Society & economy, 1912-49 Historical overview survey by Dr Myrtle Hill & Dr John Lynch. Includes sections on The First World War, The inter-War period, The Irish economy in the 1930s, World WarII, Post-War developments.
    • Culture & religion, 1912-49 Historical cultural overview. Includes sections on Regionalism and culture, Religion—North and South, the Catholic State, northern Ireland developments.
    • Politics & administration, 1912-49. (still being completed - keep looking!)
  • Ethnic conflict & the two-state solution: The Irish experience of partition. Lengthy, academic and well supported essay. Looks at parallels with other British partition solutions (esp Palestine) By John Coakley, University College Dublin (2004)
Partition Civil War
Key Figures
  • Michael Collins revolutionary & chairman of provisional government. Bio overview by Tomás O’Riordan. Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
  • Sara's Michael Collins Site includes much biographical information, photos and links to related sources on Collins. Use the (almost hidden) menu box at the foot of the home page to navigate this large, fanzine-style site.
  • Countess Constance Markievicz, revolutionary & politician.  Became the first woman to be elected to the British Parliament, but in accordance with Sinn Féin policy she did not take her seat. Bio overview by Tomás O’Riordan. Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
  • Constance Markievicz: The Countess of Irish Freedom The Wild Geese Today's biography of Countess Markievicz.
  • Éamon de Valera Taoiseach & president of Ireland.  Bio overview by Tomás O’Riordan. Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
  • James Craig first prime minister of Northern Ireland. Bio overview by Tomás O’Riordan. Cork Multitext Project in Irish History
 
 


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Plantation, Control, Rebellion & Famine
Home Rule, Easter Rising & Partition
The Troubles in the North, 1921-1998





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