Centenary Lecture Series 2020-2021

Date and time: 24 July 2020 @ 00:00 to 30 December 2021 @ 00:00

Cavan County Council’s Historian in Residence, Dr Brendan Scott has been appointed to draw a Cavan based focus on the Decade of Centenaries.

History lectures, podcasts, exhibitions, school outreach, and a published collection of historical essays are among the range initiatives planned as Dr Scott charts this tumultuous period in Irish history.  All content can be found on www.cavancoco.ie/centenaries and on facebook.com/cavancoco


Autumn 2020 Lecture Series

Lecture No.2 

'In this country it does not pay to be loyal': Cavan Protestants and partition

by Dr Daniel Purcell

In this talk, Dr Daniel Purcell examines the many different ways that loyalists in Cavan attempted to resist independence by asserting their position in a wider Ulster Unionist movement. It then goes on to look at how they adapted to live in the Free State after their 'betrayal' by six county Unionists.

Lecture No.1 

‘The will of the people today: Cavan and the Anglo Irish Treaty’ by Dr Mel Farrell 

'The Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed on 6 December 1921. This Treaty led to a split in the Nationalist camp, leading eventually to Civil War. This  talk discussed how the signing was received in Cavan and the county's contribution to the debates for and against the ratification of that Treaty'.  



Podcast Series


The 'Cavan History' Podcast Series is available on SpotifyAcast and online at www.cavancoco.ie/centenaries.






Webisode Series 

Historian-In-Residence Webisode No. 1 

‘The Death of Captain Thomas Sheridan’

In May 1920, Tom Sheridan, a young IRA volunteer from Ballinagh, was shot and later died of wounds he received while taking part in an ambush. This short lecture discusses Tom and the controversial nature of his death.


Historian-In-Residence Webisode No. 2 

‘The Battle of Lappanduff, 8th May 1921’

In the early hours of 8 May 1921, a military engagement now known as the Battle of Lappanduff took place between the IRA and Crown forces, which was to end in the death of a Belfast-born Volunteer, Sean McCartney, the arrest of a further eight Volunteers and the confiscation of a large consignment of IRA weapons and ammunition. This short webisode investigates this dark day in the IRA’s War of Independence in East Cavan.



Historian-In-Residence  Webisode No. 3 

'The Death of John Finlay'

'In the early hours of Sunday, 12 June 1921, John Finlay, the retired Church of Ireland dean of Leighlin, was taken by members of the IRA from his home at Brackley in Bawnboy, and killed. The circumstances surrounding the controversial death of this popular clergyman have always been unclear. This short webisode will discuss Finlay, his death and memorialisation'

Historian-In-Residence Webisode No. 4 

'The Gaeltacht in Glangevlin, 1921'

On 12 July 1291, a gaeltacht college was opened in Glangevlin, which ran with great success over a number of years. This short webisode discusses its foundation, some of the people involved and the story of the Glangevlin Gaeltacht College. 


Historian-In-Residence Webisode No. 5

'The Death of Brother Michael Morgan'

'On 22 July 1920, Brother Michael Morgan, a member of the Redemptorist Order from Drumavaddy in the parish of Denn, was 28 years old when he was shot dead in Clonard Monastery, Belfast. This short webisode investigates Brother Morgan's Cavan origins, his life and his death in Belfast.' 


Historian-In-Residence Webisode No. 6

'Cavan GAA and Politics'

The GAA and politics have always been close bedfellows, especially during the first 40 years of its existence. This short webisode discusses the GAA and Nationalist politics in Cavan from its early days and especially during the 1910s and early 1920s.



Autumn 2020 Lecture Series

Cavan Library service is delighted to present this Centenary Lecture Series which was originally showcased in September/October 2020.           

Speakers include Dr Sinéad McCoole, Dr Brian Hughes, Fr. Ultan McGoohan, Dr Darragh Gannon, John Dorney and Dr Mary McAuliffe.

You can still access the full lectures below at any time.  Share details with friends and colleagues too!                                                                                                  

This lecture series forms part of Cavan County Council’s Decade of Centenaries 2020 programme and is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

Lecture 1 


Lecture 2 


Lecture 3 


Lecture 4 


Lecture 5  


Lecture 6