A Bibliography of Published Sources on the Independence Struggle in Galway

Revolution in County Galway, 1918-23

Dr Conor McNamara, Historian-in-Residence, 2022

A significant number of books have been published that explore the period 1913–1923 in Galway. The following list of published sources is not exhaustive but includes key books for the study of the independence struggle in Galway that researchers may wish to consult. In addition to these sources, a number of important local journals have published an array of material on events in Galway during the revolutionary period. In this respect, JOTS, The Journal of the Old Tuam Society, and the Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society are particularly important sources. There is also an array of local and parish histories that contain valuable information and these can be consulted in the local studies section of the archives reading room of the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, or in the local studies section of Galway County Library, Nun’s Island, Galway.


Published Sources

Fergus Campbell, Land and Revolution: Nationalist Politics in the West of Ireland 1891-1921 (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Gerry Cloonan, Galway Rising Centenary Commemoration, 1916–2016 (Gerry Cloonan, 2016).

Jarlath Deignan, Troubled Times: War and Rebellion in North Galway, 1913–23 (Jarlath Deignan, 2019).

William Henry, Blood for Blood: The Black and Tan War in Galway (Mercier Press, 2001).

Kevin Jordan, Rebellion in Galway, Easter Rising 1916 (Kevin Jordan, 2016).

Brendan Kelly, Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist (Irish Academic Press, 2014).

Tomás Kenny, Galway: politics and society, 1910–23 (Four Courts Press, 2011).

Mark McCarthy, Marie Mannion, Shirley Wrynn (eds), Galway County 1916 Rising Heritage Trail: Go Explore the Historic Sites & Memorials (Galway County Council & GMIT, Galway, 2017).

Timothy G. McMahon (ed.), Pádraig Ó’Fathaigh’s War of Independence: Recollections of a Galway Gaelic Leaguer (Cork University Press, 2000).

Conor McNamara, War & Revolution in the West of Ireland: Galway 1913–22 (Irish Academic Press, 2018).

Conor McNamara, ‘The War of Independence in Connacht’; ‘War of Independence in Galway’, Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork University Press, 2017), pp 600–7; 614–18.

Conor McNamara, Liam Mellows: Soldier of the Irish Republic, Collected Writings, 1914–1922 (Irish Academic Press, 2019).

Patrick Melvin, Estates and Landed Society in Galway (De Burca, 2012).

Úna Newell, The West Must Wait: County Galway and the Irish Free State, 1922–32 (Manchester University Press, 2015).

Honor Ó Brolcháin (ed), Geraldine Plunkett Dillion, All in the Blood, A Memoir (Farmer, 2006).

Cormac Ó Comhraí, Sa Bhearna Bhaoil: Gaillimh 1913–1923 (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2016).

Cormac Ó Comhraí, K.H. O’Malley (eds), The Men Will Talk to Me, Galway Interviews by Ernie O’Malley (Mercier Press, 2015).

Nollaig Ó Gadhra, Civil War in Connacht, 1922–23 (Mercier Press, 1999).

Colm Ó Gaora, Mise (Oifig an tSoláthair, 1944).

Mícheál Ó hAodha, Ruán O’Donnell (eds), On the Run, The Story of an Irish Freedom Fighter, A Translation of Colm Ó Gaora’s Mise (Mercier Press, 2011).

Ann O’Riordan, East Galway Agrarian Agitation and the Burning of Ballydugan House, 1922 (Four Courts Press, 2015).

Jackie Uí Chionna, He Was Galway, Mártín Mór McDonogh (Four Courts Press, 2016).

Mary Anne Vaughan, ‘Finding Constable Whelan: An Incident From 1916’, Ossory, Laois and Leinster Journal (2010), pp 231–5.

Farming & Country Life, 1916 (Teagasc, 2016).

Centenary Reflections on the 1916 Rebellion, Galway County Perspectives: Machnamh Céad Bliain ar Éirí Amach 1916 (Galway County Council, 2016).

Cumann na mBan: County Galway Dimensions (Galway County Council, 2015).

Eleven Galway Martyrs: The Story of the Republican Soldiers of the Second Western Division, I.R.A., Executed at Tuam and Athlone in 1923 (Tuam, 1985).

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