The Handover: Dublin Castle and the British withdrawal from Ireland, 1922
Published by Royal Irish Academy
Number of pages: 200
This book illustrates the 1922 handover of power by the outgoing British administration to the Provisional Government of Ireland led by Michael Collins in early 1922. The handover fell between the Treaty split of January 1922 and the outbreak of the Civil War in June 1922 and is usually overshadowed by both. The book bridges this gap by telling a relatively unfamiliar but hugely important story.
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Listen to the authors' interview as part of the History Ireland Hedge School series, followed by the launch of The Handover.
"In their introduction to The Handover, authors John Gibney and Kate O’Malley say that their aim is 'to give a sense of the outward manifestations of power shifting at a precise moment in time and in a particular place with immense historical associations.' In this, they have succeeded triumphantly. Lavishly illustrated with fascinating photographs, documents and maps, this is a relatively short book which covers a lot of ground." David McCullagh, RTÉ, 12/01/2022.