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The Dublin Guard in the Civil War

by John Dorney

Tuesday 7 March 2023, 7 pm

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On the night of March 6th 1923 Captain Mick Dunne of the National Army’s Dublin Guard was killed along with several comrades in an I.R.A. booby-trap explosion in Kerry – an event which launched a series of retaliatory atrocities. This online event tells the story of Mick Dunne, who was of Laois-extraction, and the Dublin Guard – a unit of the National Army with a particularly bloody Civil War record comprised of some of the most militant I.R.A. ‘gunmen’ of the Tan War. A Zoom link will be emailed the afternoon before the talk to all who register for this event. The event is part of the Laois Libraries Decade of Centenaries programme for 2023.

John Dorney is an independent historian and chief editor and writer of the Irish Story website. He studied history and politics in University College Dublin and completed a Masters in Journalism and media studies at Griffith College Dublin. He has also written for many journals and media outlets including; History Ireland, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Saothair the Labour History journal, The Revolution Papers, The Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and the Irish News. His works include  Peace After the Final Battle; the Story of the Irish Revolution published by New Island Press in 2014 and  The Irish Civil War in Dublin, the fight for the Irish capital 1922-1924  published in 2017 by Merrion Press