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EXHIBITION: War of Friends, 1922–23: The civil war story of Pádraic Ó Máille and Liam Mellows

October 29, 2022 @ 9:00 am - February 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

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EXHIBITION: War of Friends, 1922–23: The civil war story of Pádraic Ó Máille and Liam Mellows

October 29, 2022 @ 9:00 am - February 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

The Anglo-Irish Treaty, signed in December 1921, was a negotiated compromise settlement that granted limited independence to 26 Irish counties – the Irish Free State. The agreement effectively dissolved the Irish Republic proclaimed in 1916, mandated in 1918, established in 1919 and defended in arms.

As a result, the Irish nationalist movement split between supporters and opponents of the Treaty, Free Staters and Republicans, triggering a civil war that lasted from 28 June 1922 to 24 May 1923. Known in Irish as Cogadh na gCarad, ‘war of friends’, the conflict began without a formal declaration of war, ended without a settlement, caused around 1,500 deaths, and left the Irish Free State bitterly divided and on the verge of bankruptcy.

The Free State formally came into existence on 6 December 1922, a year to the day after Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins, by then both dead, signed the Treaty. The next day, anti-treaty militants ambushed two pro-treaty deputies as they made their way to Dáil Éireann, killing Seán Hales and wounding Pádraic Ó Máille. The following morning, in retaliation, the Free State executed four republican prisoners, including Liam Mellows, who had led the Galway Rising in 1916.

With the shooting of unarmed pro-treaty deputies and the summary execution of anti-treaty prisoners, all former comrades in arms, the Irish Civil War had reached its lowest point.

The exhibition, which will feature rare photographs and several personal items belonging to both Ó Máille and Mellows, is funded as part of Galway City Council’s Decade of Centenaries Programme 2022.

Details

Start:
October 29 @ 9:00 am UTC+0
End:
February 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
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Organizer

Galway City Museum
Phone:
(091) 532 460
Email:
museum@galwaycity.ie
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Galway City Museum
Spanish Parade
Galway, Galway H91 CX5P Ireland
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Phone:
(091) 532 460
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Details

Start:
October 29 @ 9:00 am UTC+0
End:
February 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
Event Category:

Organizer

Galway City Museum
Phone:
(091) 532 460
Email:
museum@galwaycity.ie
View Organizer Website

Venue

Galway City Museum
Spanish Parade
Galway, Galway H91 CX5P Ireland
+ Google Map
Phone:
(091) 532 460
View Venue Website
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