Mondays at the Mess – 2nd March 2020 at 11am

Lecturer: Mary Muldowney, Historian

In July 1920 the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers were deployed to Ireland, including one of their intelligence officers, Major Wilfrid Woodcock, whose wife Caroline also came to Dublin in the same month. The couple had been in Germany with the regiment, in the aftermath of the First World War.

Major Woodcock was one of those wounded on the morning of 21 November 1920 in Pembroke Street, when the house was attacked by members of Michael Collins’ ‘Squad’. His wife returned to London in early 1921, where she published a book about her time in Ireland, which is the main source for this lecture.

Mary’s talk focuses on Mrs. Woodcock’s account which provides an eye-witness report on a pivotal event during the War of Independence and offers fascinating insights into the daily life of Dublin from the perspective of the British ruling class.