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On this week's show - Hotel owner Annie Farrington's recollections of the outbreak of the Irish Civil War; and an update on Beyond 2022, the project to virtually recreate The Public Record Office of Ireland.
On the 26th of March 1922, the IRA held a Convention in the Mansion House, Dublin. The Convention was a turning point for many. On the 15th March, the Provisional Government prohibited the Convention - any army officer who attended would be suspended from the army.
Over 200 delegates attended the Convention. They denounced the Treaty, set up an Executive of 16 men, and repudiated the authority of Dáil Éireann.
So where did those delegates from around the country stay while they were in Dublin? One hotel was very popular with the IRA was Barry's Hotel on Great Denmark Street.
It was owned by Annie Farrington, who in later years left an account of what what happened in the Bureau of Military History in those weeks leading up to the Civil War and the fighting in Dublin.
Joining Myles to talk about Annie and Barry’s Hotel is Historian-in-Residence for South Dublin County Council, Liz Gillis. The excerpts from Annie's Witness Statement are voiced by Ciara Clancy.
Beyond 2022: Ireland's Virtual Record Treasury
The attack on anti-Treaty forces in the Four Courts in 1922 was the event that signalled the beginning of the Irish Civil War. We begin this segment with a voice from the RTÉ Radio Archives.
At the end of June 1922, Emmett Dalton was in command of the Free State troops assaulting the Four Courts during the Battle of Dublin. He was attempting to dislodge the Anti-Treaty IRA militants who had occupied the building since April. He speaks about how the building's occupants were finally forced to surrender, and also about the destruction of the Public Records Office in the western block of the Four Courts complex. This destroyed seven centuries of records that were housed in the Records Treasury at the Four Courts.
The Decade of Centenaries has seen many projects carried out by our archives and historical institutions, in connection with the events of 100 years ago.
In 2018, one of the biggest and possibly most difficult projects was announced - Beyond 2022: Ireland's Virtual Record Treasury. The aim is to rebuild, virtually, the Public Records Office and the records that were destroyed.
Joining Myles to discuss how the project is progressing are Dr Ciarán Wallace, Deputy Director of Beyond 2022 and Zoë Reid, Keeper of Public Services and Collections at the National Archives.
Click here to visit the official website and find out about the upcoming launch and related events.