Richmond Barracks

‘I hope to die like a soldier’: The life of Rory O’Connor

On 14 April 1922, members of the anti-Treaty IRA Executive directed their forces to seize the Four Courts complex and other buildings across Dublin city centre in a direct challenge to the authority of the Provisional Government. Rory O’Connor, the IRA’s onetime Director-of-Engineering, would emerge as their nominal spokesperson and a symbol of Irish republican defiance to the imposition of the Treaty settlement.

Gerard Shannon is a historian from Skerries in north county Dublin. In 2019, he received an MA in History from the DCU School of History and Geography. He is currently working on a new biography of the IRA Chief-of-Staff Liam Lynch to be released by Merrion Press in late 2022.


This event takes place as part of Dublin Festival of History 2022.

Dublin Festival of History is brought to you by Dublin City Council and organised by Dublin City Libraries, in partnership with Dublin City Council Culture Company.


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