The Irish Free State formally came into existence on 6 December 1922. The next day, anti-treaty militants ambushed two pro-treaty deputies as they made their way to Dáil Éireann, killing Seán Hales from Cork and wounding Pádraic Ó Máille from Connemara. The following morning, in retaliation and as a deterrent, the Free State executed four anti-treaty prisoners, Liam Mellows, Rory O’Connor, Dick Barrett, and Joe McKelvey. Both veterans of the Easter Rising in Galway, Ó Máille and Mellows had represented Galway in the first and second Dáil Éireann. With the shooting of Free State deputies and the execution of Republican prisoners, all former comrades in arms, the Irish Civil War had reached its lowest point.
Funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, this talks event was curated by Galway City Museum as part of Galway City Council’s Decade of Centenaries Programme 2022, gratefully funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Thanks to John Cunningham, Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh and Cormac Ó Comhraí.
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