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Epilogue : Forgetting 1922

Read Guy Beiner’s essay on the forgotten legacy of 1922 on Century Ireland.

Ireland 1922, edited by Darragh Gannon and Fearghal McGarry, features 50 essays from leading international scholars that explore a turning point in history, one whose legacy remains controversial a century on. Building on their own expertise, and on the wealth of recent scholarship provoked by the Decade of Centenaries, each contributor focuses on one event that illuminates a key aspect of revolutionary Ireland, demonstrating how the events of this year would shape the new states established in 1922. Together, these essays explore many of the key issues and debates of a year that transformed Ireland.

In collaboration with Century Ireland, we are making the 50 essays freely available online. Today’s essay is by Guy Beiner and it details the forgotten legacy of 1922. This essay is the final essay in a series detailing events that occurred in the year 1922, Ireland’s first year as a free state.

1922 is a worthy candidate for the most undeservedly forgotten year in contemporary Irish history. Yet, it is a strange forgetting: while key events that occurred that year have not entirely slipped out of memory, they have been eclipsed by other dates and therefore do not receive the recognition they deserve. Continue reading (you will be redirected to the website of Century Ireland)

Ireland 1922, edited by Darragh Gannon and Fearghal McGarry, is published by the Royal Irish Academy with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme.


Ireland 1922