The West’s awake!—Revolution in Roscommon 1916–1921 New Podcast

Roscommon County Council, in collaboration with County Roscommon Historical

New History Ireland PODCAST

The West’s awake!—Revolution in Roscommon 1916–1921

Patrick Moran, from Crossna, Co. Roscommon, in Irish Volunteer uniform. He was executed in Mountjoy Gaol in March 1921 for his part in the early morning assassinations of Bloody Sunday.

The West’s awake!—Revolution in Roscommon 1916–1921

Roscommon was one of the first counties to reflect the ‘utter change’ of the post-1916 period, with the election of the first Sinn Féin-backed MP in February 1917. In less than two years that party would win a landslide victory in the general election of 1918, but that mandate for independence was ignored by the British, resulting in the War of Independence. How typical of that transformation was Roscommon and how did it fare in the War of Independence? Join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham in discussion with John Burke, Brian Hanley and May Moran.

This podcast, produced in association with Roscommon County Council and the County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society, and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012– 2023 initiative.

This event was recorded via Zoom and will be available as a podcast at the following links on Tuesday 27th October:

All Hedge Schools and podcasts are also available through the Decade of Centenaries website:


John Burke is the author of Roscommon: the Irish Revolution 1912–1923 (Four Courts Press, 2020).

May Moran is the author of Executed for Ireland—the Patrick Moran story (Mercier Press, 2010).

Brian Hanley lectures in Irish history at Trinity College, Dublin.

About History Ireland Hedge Schools

The History Ireland Hedge Schools, developed by Tommy Graham, are a public history format for making high-quality research accessible to a general audience and are lively, unfettered debates on a range of historical topics. For media interviews on History Ireland Hedge Schools contact Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland magazine and Hedge School ‘Master’:

About the Decade of Centenaries 2012–2023

The objective of the State programme for the remaining period 2020–2023 is to ensure a deeper understanding of a complex period in our history, including the Struggle for Independence, the Civil War, the Foundation of the State and Partition, and that the centenaries of these historical events and others of significance from 1920–1923 are marked appropriately.

About the County Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society

The society was formed in 1982 as the re-formation of a society of the same name which was founded in 1905. The society holds monthly lectures in Strokestown and has published twelve editions of its journal. For further information see:



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