Michael Laffan in 2010

The Irish Revolution Podcast

The lecture series covers a tumultuous period in Irish history and examines the interaction of different groups (in particular unionists, moderate and radical nationalists, and the British), the causes and impact of events (such as the Home Rule Crisis, the Easter Rising, and the Treaty), and patterns of continuity and discontinuity in the period spanning the First World War.

Professor Michael Laffan

Renowned Irish historian Professor Michael Laffan introduces his series of 10 lectures on The Irish Revolution. He talks about the history of the course, its structure as well as some of the key areas covered in the lectures.

The Irish Revolution was a module taught by Professor Laffan in the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin from the late 1970′s until his retirement in 2010. In association with the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies and History Hub.ie all 10 of the lectures were recorded by Mike Liffey and are available to download via iTunes and also via the RSS feed (links below). To date there have been over 25,000 downloads of Professor Laffan’s lectures.

Here is the full list of lectures:

Lecture 1 – The Home Rule Party

Lecture 2 – The Home Rule Crisis

Lecture 3 – Arthur Griffith, Sinn Fein, the IRB and the lead up to the Easter Rising

Lecture 4 – The Easter Rising

Lecture 5 – Aftermath of The 1916 Rising and 1917 By-Elections

Lecture 6 – The 1918 General Election

Lecture 7 – The War of Independence/Anglo-Irish War

Lecture 8 – The Anglo-Irish Treaty

Lecture 9 – Reaction to the Treaty and lead up to the Irish Civil War

Lecture 10 – The Irish Civil War

Image: Professor Michael Laffan lecturing in 2010 (Liffey)