Sir Henry Wilson, 19th century prison hulks, a “drunken man of genius” & medical staff in the Troubles

May 23, 2022

The most recent Irish Military History podcast focused on the assassination by the IRA of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson in June 1922. The podcast features an interview with Festival contributor and Irish Times journalist and historian, Ronan McGreevy who has just published a book on the subject. Listen to the podcast here and find out more about Ronan and his book here.

We liked this from the Irish Aesthete on the 'drunken man of genius' - he was the architect William Alphonsus Scott (1871-1921) Described as such by WB Years, Scott mostly designed churches and this post highlights his work in Spiddal, County Galway.

The Epidemic Belfast website is well worth a visit - it's been developed by researchers from Ulster University's School of History and explores Belfast's medical history since the 19th century. A recent article by Ruth Coon of QUB focused on the experiences of medical staff during the Troubles.

RTE's Brainstorm published this by UCC-based Anna McKay - the grim story of Ireland's convict ships and prison hulks. Ireland’s first hulk, the Surprize, began operating in 1823, and was moored in Cork harbour where it housed around 300 convicts at any one time. 

And finally, the National Army Museum in London has some interesting features on its website focusing on Irish soldiers - click here to read about individuals, campaigns and themes.