Southern Irish Loyalism, 1912-1949

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Southern Irish Loyalism, 1912-1949


October 22nd, 2020

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This book brings together new research on loyalism in the 26 counties that would become the Irish Free State. It covers a range of topics and experiences, including the Third Home Rule crisis in 1912, the revolutionary period, partition, independence and Irish participation in the British armed and colonial service up to the declaration of the Republic in 1949. The essays gathered here examine who southern Irish loyalists were, what loyalism meant to them, how they expressed their loyalism, their responses to Irish independence and their experiences afterwards.

The collection offers fresh insights and new perspectives on the Irish Revolution and the early years of southern independence, based on original archival research. It addresses issues of particular historiographical and political interest during the ongoing ‘Decade of Centenaries’, including revolutionary violence, sectarianism, political allegiance and identity and the Irish border, but, rather than ceasing its coverage in 1922 or 1923, this book – like the lives with which it is concerned – continues into the first decades of southern Irish independence.

List of contributors: Frank Barry, Elaine Callinan, Jonathan Cherry, Seamus Cullen, Ian d'Alton, Sean Gannon, Katherine Magee, Alan McCarthy, Pat McCarthy, Daniel Purcell, Joseph Quinn, Brian M. Walker, Fionnuala Walsh, Donald Wood 

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Brian Hughes is a lecturer in the Department of History, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Conor Morrissey is Lecturer in Irish/British History at King's College London.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Figures11
List of Tables13
List of Abbreviations15
List of Contributors17
Note on Terminology21
Southern Irish Loyalism from Home Rule Crisis to Republic: An Introduction23
I Crisis and Decline? Protestants and Unionists in Revolution47
1 Protestant Population Decline in Southern Ireland, 1911–192649
2 Voting to Maintain the Union in 1918: ‘One of the strongest pillars upon which they stood’71
3 Southern Protestant Voices during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War91
4 The Southern Unionist Business Community and the Economics of Home Rule and Secession117
II Servants of the Crown137
5 Loyal to What? Identity and Motivation in the Southern Irish Protestant Involvement in Two World Wars139
6 ‘The future welfare of the Empire will depend more largely on our women and girls’: Southern Loyalist Women and the British War Effort in Ireland, 1914–1922159
7 Southern Irish Loyalists and Imperial Service177
8 ‘It was the done thing’: Southern Irish Protestants and the Second World War195
III The Provincial Experience221
9 Henry Lawrence Tivy (1848–1929): The Rise and Fall of a Cork Loyalist223
10 A Beleaguered Community? Waterford Loyalists during the Revolution, 1912–1924245
11 Loyalists in a Garrison County: Kildare, 1912–1923267
IV Lost Counties? Loyalism at the Border289
12 ‘Cast Out!’: Cavan and Monaghan Loyalists and Partition, 1916–1923291
13 Adaptive Coexistence?315
14 Defying the Partition of Ulster: Colonel John George Vaughan Hart and the Unionist Experience of the Irish Revolution in East Donegal, c.1919–1944337
Afterword: Layers of Loyalty355