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Chronology of Irish History 1919–1923

Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army move through Grafton Street, the Battle of Dublin, 1922
Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army move through Grafton Street, the Battle of Dublin, 1922

Over the last year I’ve been contacted by a few people enquiring if I knew anything about the disappearance of the web-based “Chronology of Irish History 1919 –1923”, an invaluable month-by-month account of significant events from the War of Independence and Civil War created by Séamus Fox of Dublin City University and maintained on the DCU servers for many years. Unfortunately a quick internet search has revealed very little beyond the fact that the resource has indeed been taken down. This is a great loss since the chronology was one of the very few timelines freely available to the general public that gave a detailed history of the latter half of the revolutionary period (a significant number of Wikipedia articles link to it, as do other online publications). Fortunately I was able to direct the enquirers towards the Internet Archive and cached copies of the DCU pages available through the archive’s Wayback Machine (you can donate to the non-profit Archive here). I thought I’d post the links here since others might find them useful or may wish to set up their own timeline of the Irish Revolution using some of the information from the stored copies of Séamus Fox’s original. If anyone know’s the reason for the take-down or if the chronology is available elsewhere let me know in the comments or by email.

Chronology of Irish History 1919 –1923, Index





1923 [1924 & 1925]

Key Background Events

Update 19.12.2018: The author behind the chronology of the Irish revolution and counterrevolution, Séamus Fox, has very kindly been in contact to provide a link to his updated website: Chronology of Irish History 1919-1923. It is an excellent resource for the period and well worth a perusal.

3 comments on “Chronology of Irish History 1919–1923

  1. great you managed to salvage this.
    It’s always good to have another source of reliable historical information.


    • benmadigan, I have to say it is a very good resource. Great pity is is no longer active. I presume the author has moved on from DCU? Hopefully someone will make another local copy before it is lost forever. Even the Internet Archive is not entirely secure.


      • would be a great pity to see all that work wasted, particularly as you say it is a very good resource.

        “Hopefully someone will make another local copy”
        since I’m IT illiterate I have no idea what this entails (time, skills, equipment etc)

        but if someone could cost it and a suitable candidate would step forward, maybe crowd-source funding could raise what’s needed to ensure a permanent local copy is made


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