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April 1920 – Month of Revolution

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Episode 2 of Podcast ‘Divided Land’ with Terry Dunne

In this second episode we’ll be looking at a ‘Land for the People’ demonstration that took place in Killeshin on the borders of counties Laois and Carlow in April 1920 – and broadening out to look at that month – a month of revolution that saw the burning of police barracks, a general strike in support of hunger striking political prisoners, and industrial action to restrict food exports. We’ll also hear something of the growth of a ‘peace party’ within Dublin Castle and we’ll have an overview of some of the political career of Patrick ‘Paudge’ Gaffney, a Killeshin man and a key activist in the ‘Land for People’ demonstration.  

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The podcast is based on new research on the revolutionary era in Laois carried out by Terry Dunne in his role as Laois Historian-in-Residence. Supported by Laois Libraries and funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the Historian-in-Residence project was established to make history more accessible to the public by uncovering hidden stories within communities and connecting local areas with their history.