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The Handover: Dublin Castle and the British withdrawal from Ireland, 1922

by  John GibneyKate O'Malley
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Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

January 2022


Number of pages: 200

ISBN: 9781911479840


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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.

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About the authors

John Gibney

John Gibney is Assistant Editor with the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series. His books include The shadow of a year: the 1641 rebellion in Irish history and memory (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) and A short history of Ireland, 1500–2000 (Yale University Press, 2017). He is the co-author, with Michael Kennedy and Kate O’Malley, of Ireland: a voice among the nations (Royal Irish Academy, 2019), and, with Kate O’Malley, of The Handover: Dublin Castle and the British withdrawal from Ireland, 1922 (Royal Irish Academy, 2022).


Kate O'Malley

Dr Kate O’Malley is Assistant Editor with the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (BA, PhD). Her book Ireland, India and Empire was published by Manchester University Press in 2008. She is co-author (with Michael Kennedy and John Gibney) of Ireland: a voice among the nations (Royal Irish Academy, 2019), and, with John Gibney, of The Handover: Dublin Castle and the British withdrawal from Ireland, 1922 (Royal Irish Academy, 2022). She has lectured at Trinity College, Dublin, University College Dublin and Queen's University, Belfast.