Dr Ben Rogers, Historian in Residence with the Donegal County Archives, will deliver his final talk on Decade of Centenaries next Wednesday.
The talk will explore the Revolutionary Experience in Donegal: Sgt Joseph Murray and the No. 4 Brigade (First Northern Division).
Who: Dr Ben Rogers (University College Dublin), Historian in Residence with Donegal County Council (Archives & Museum)
When: Wednesday, 29th September 2021 at 7pm
What: Talk on Revolutionary Experience in Donegal: Sgt Joseph Murray and No. 4 Brigade (First Northern Division)
This talk will use the extensive material within the Joseph Murray Collection at Donegal County Archive, and the online records that have been digitised by the Military Archives, to provide a snapshot of revolutionary experience in Donegal between 1919 and 1923. Drawing on recent advances in the social and political history of this period, the talk will address the cultural influences that caused men like Murray to become drawn to Irish nationalism and examine the extent of Volunteer organisation in Donegal. The talk will also address why Donegal, unlike the hotbeds of Cork and Longford, did not experience intense phases of cyclical violence. It will show how the Volunteers’ campaign in Donegal built an established tradition of agrarian violence that dated back to the Land War of the nineteenth-century.
The talk will also touch on the experience of partition in Donegal and show how the No. 4 Brigade’s conflict with the B-Specials during the Battle of Pettigo in May to June 1922 made the new border a harsh reality for Donegal people.
Background: The Culture Division of Donegal County Council has appointed Dr Ben Rogers as historian in residence as part of its Decade of Centenaries programme 2021. Dr Rogers is based in the School of History, University College Dublin. As Historian in Residence, he is researching County Archives Collections – The Joseph Murray Collection and selected Rural & Urban District Council & Boards of Guardian minute books from 1918 – 1925. Much of these collections, spanning the first two decades of the 20th century, have been digitised and are online at https://www.donegalcoco.ie/culture/archives/Tags: