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As part of the Westmeath County Council Decade of Centenaries programme, Ian Kenneally has been appointed Historian in Residence for the period from August until November 2020.

The residency is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative, in partnership with Westmeath County Council.

The goal of the residency is to provide the public with a trustworthy and enlightening source of information on Westmeath during 1920.‌

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Westmeath and 1920

Over the next few months, we will follow the story of Westmeath during 1920, discussing a range of topics and placing the county within the context of what was
Date: 08/09/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Custume Barracks Before Independence

In this edition of our blog, we will look at Custume Barracks in Athlone, a location that played a vital role in Westmeath during the War of Independence
Date: 08/09/2020
Period: 1691 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Rioting in Westmeath

In this edition of our blog, we discuss conflicts in Westmeath during 1919, which foreshadow greater unrest in the county during 1920.
Date: 17/09/2020
Period: 1919 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Police Stations Attacked in Westmeath

Following on from our previous post, we discuss the IRA’s attempts to diminish the power and influence of the RIC.
Date: 21/09/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

The Volunteers in Westmeath before the War of Independence

In a previous post, we discussed the RIC and the challenges it faced during 1919 and the first half of 1920. In this edition, we discuss the revitalisation of t
Date: 24/09/2020
Period: 1917 - 1918
Author: Ian Kenneally

Gathering Weapons: the Volunteers in Westmeath during 1919

In this edition, we discuss the efforts of the Westmeath Volunteers to organise and obtain weapons during the first phase of the War of Independence.
Date: 29/09/2020
Period: 1918 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

The Creation of a Flying Column in Westmeath

Previously, we charted the development of the IRA in Westmeath. Here, we discuss the ‘flying column’ that was formed in 1920.
Date: 05/10/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally

Newspapers and the Mutiny in the Connaught Rangers

In this edition, we take a break from our series on developments in Westmeath and welcome our first guest contributor, Dr John Gibney of the Royal Irish Academy
Date: 14/10/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: John Gibney

The War on Newspapers

In November 1920 the offices of the Westmeath Independent were destroyed in an attack by the Crown forces. As we approach the centenary of that event, we devote
Date: 16/10/2020
Period: 1920 - 1920
Author: Ian Kenneally