Title

The IRA: Portrayal, Perception, and Reality, 1916-1921

Presenter Information

Elise Hoolbrook-Bruns

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 271

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

The main issue examined in the paper is how the portrayal and perception of the Irish Republican Army’s (IRA) military effectiveness is intertwined with its social standing and with its actual military success or lack thereof. I tackle this issue by examining Bureau of Military History documents, a variety of newspapers, and several secondary sources. My argument is that there was significant disorganization within the IRA, which fed into a completely confused public perception of it, making it difficult to judge its military and social effectiveness. The time frame I discuss spans from the 1916 Easter Rising, mentioned only briefly, through to the truce in July 1921.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Jason Knirck

Additional Mentoring Department

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The IRA: Portrayal, Perception, and Reality, 1916-1921

SURC 271

The main issue examined in the paper is how the portrayal and perception of the Irish Republican Army’s (IRA) military effectiveness is intertwined with its social standing and with its actual military success or lack thereof. I tackle this issue by examining Bureau of Military History documents, a variety of newspapers, and several secondary sources. My argument is that there was significant disorganization within the IRA, which fed into a completely confused public perception of it, making it difficult to judge its military and social effectiveness. The time frame I discuss spans from the 1916 Easter Rising, mentioned only briefly, through to the truce in July 1921.