Lorcan Collins and Margaret Ward

In Conversation with David McCullagh  BOOKED OUT

In Association with The National Library of Ireland

Saturday 16 November

Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street

Free entry, Booking advised


Historian, broadcaster and author David McCullagh is joined by historians Margaret Ward and Lorcan Collins in a fascinating discussion on Ireland’s War of Independence. Margaret Ward is a renowned historian; her publications, which include titles such as Irish Women and Nationalism: Soldiers, New Women and Wicked Hags (Irish Academic Press) and her most recent publication, Fearless Woman: Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Feminism and the Irish Revolution (UCD Press), offer a valuable and important insight into womens’ part in Irish history. In line with the centenary anniversary of the Irish War of Independence, Lorcan Collins has recently published his overview, Ireland’s War of Independence 1919-1921: Ireland’s Guerrilla Campaign (The O’Brien Press), to critical acclaim – Collins’ book provides an accessible, and essential, countrywide account of the war.



David McCullagh is the author of The Reluctant Taoiseach, his acclaimed biography of John A. Costello,andA Makeshift Majority, a history of the first inter-party government. He began working as a journalist with the Evening Press before joining RTE, where he currently presents the broadcaster’s flagship current affairs programme, Primetime. The first part of this work, entitled De Valera: Rise (1882-1932), was published by Gill Books in 2017.

Dr Margaret Ward is a well-known feminist historian. Her recently published work, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: Suffragette and Sinn Feiner, her Memoirs and Political Writings (UCD Press 2017) has been very well received. She is the author of a number of other books, including Unmanageable Revolutionaries: Women and Irish Nationalism (Pluto Press 1996) and a biography of Maud Gonne. She is currently Honorary Senior Lecturer with the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University of Belfast.

Lorcan Collins was born and raised in Dublin. He founded the popular 1916 Walking Tour (1916rising.com). He is co-author of The Easter Rising: A Guide to Dublin in 1916 (2000), creator and co-editor of the 16 Lives series of books and author of James Connolly (2012) and 1916: The Rising Handbook (2016). His latest book Ireland’s War of Independence 1919-21: The IRA’s Guerrilla Campaign was published in Spring 2019.