Liz Gillis (RTÉ): 'The Hales' brothers and the Irish Revolution, 1916-23'
This talk will tell the story of the Hales brothers from West Cork epitomises the whole revolutionary period in Ireland. They were involved from the establishment of the Irish Volunteers in West Cork and were closely associated with well-known revolutionary figures, including Michael Collins, Tom Barry and Liam Deasy. Both Seán and Tom Hales were company commanders in the IRA in the area. The signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921 split the family and led to the two brothers taking opposing sides in the Civil War that would follow (their story provided some of the inspiration for Ken Loach's The wind that shakes the barley). Tom Hales was the most senior Republican officer on the scene of the chaotic ambush at Béal na mBláth that led to the shooting of Michael Collins. Seán Hales was himself assassinated in Dublin by Republicans. The story of these brothers who fought together in 1916 and the War of Independence only to fight against each other in the bitter Civil War that followed gives a unique insight into life in Ireland in this tumultuous period.
Liz Gillis is a curatorial assistant with RTÉ and the author of The fall of Dublin, Richmond Barracks. We were there: 77 women of the Easter Rising (with Mary McAuliffe), and The Hales brothers and the Irish Revolution.
All lectures start at 7pm and will be held in the Museum's Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery. Dublin 11
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