Talk by historian and author John O’ Donovan on the Battle of Douglas in 1922.
In August 1922, National Army troops loyal to the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State landed in Passage West as part of a wider strategy to encircle the Republican (Anti-Treaty) forces of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and force them out of Cork city and into open ground. The National Army troops moved on Cork City via battles in Rochestown and Douglas, which saw heavy fighting with many casualties. After two days of fighting, the IRA evacuated Cork city and retreated slowly south and west towards the hills and valleys near the Cork/Kerry border.
This talk will focus on the Battle of Douglas and the fighting in and around the village. It will also take a wider look at the military conduct of the Civil War in Cork as a whole, and the personalities involved on either side. Pictures and maps will further highlight the area then (and now), giving a comprehensive picture of the fiercest battle of the Civil War in Cork.
The venue will open at 7pm, the lecture will commence at 7.30pm.