The start of the Irish Civil War was signalled by the artillery bombardment of the Four Courts in Dublin on 28 June 1922. A week later, the Four Courts was gutted and O’Connell Street a smouldering ruin, but the anti-Treaty IRA was driven from the city. Most accounts of the fighting in Dublin end there.
The Civil War in Dublin reveals the complete, shocking story of Ireland’s capital during the ten-month guerrilla war that followed – a ruthless and bitter cycle of execution, outrage and revenge. The strategy of the anti-Treaty forces, often ignored or dismissed in previous histories, is brought to the fore.
Dorney’s exacting research provides total insight into how the city of Dublin operated under conditions of disorder and bloodshed: how civilians and guerrilla fighters controlled the streets, the patterns of IRA violence and National Army counter-insurgency alternated, and – for the first time – how the pro-Treaty ‘Murder Gang’ emerged from Michael Collins’ IRA Intelligence Department, ‘the Squad’, with devastating effect.
The Civil War in Dublin brings the chaos of these years to life through meticulous detail, revealing unsettling truths about the extreme actions taken by a burgeoning Irish Free State and its anti-Treaty opponents.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Brian Hanley
- Nationalist Revolution in Dublin 1913–21
- The Treaty Split, January to March 1922
- The Four Courts Occupation and the First Shots, January to May 1922
- The Northern Dimension
- From Election to Civil War, June 1922
- The Siege of the Four Courts, 28–30 June 1922
- The Battle for Dublin, 30 June – 7 July 1922
- Crossing the Rubicon, Civil War
- From Blessington to the Night of the Bridges, July to August 1922
- A Dublin Invasion, The Munster Landings and the Death of Collins, August 1922
- The Politics of Civil War
- The Propaganda War
- Urban Insurgency, Dublin, August to November 1922
- Counter Insurgency and Barracks Attacks
- The Prison War
- Executions, December 1922
- A Season of Outrage, December 1922 to February 1923
- The Wars Within the War
- The Bitter End, February to May 1923
- Monopolies of Force, May 1923 to April 1924
Appendix I: Casualties of the Civil War in Dublin
Appendix II: Glossary of Terms
About the Author
John Dorney is an independent historian and chief editor of the Irish Story website. He is the author of Peace After the Final Battle: The Story of the Irish Revolution 1912–1924 (2014) and Griffith College Dublin: A History of its Campus (2013).