BOOK LAUNCH

 “IRISH BULLETIN, VOLUME 1”

by Brian Murphy OSB

Hosted by the ‘1916-21 Club’ at the Pearse Centre,

Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin

Friday, 16th November, 8pm.

 

                                                The Irish Bulletin was the official newspaper of the Irish

                                    Government during the War of Independence. Its aim was to

                                    provide those outside Ireland with the Government’s case

                                    and the facts of the war that it had to wage. This information

                                    could not otherwise be obtained because of the suppression

                                    by the British authorities of all other outlets that put the Irish

                                    Government‘s case. It was produced with minimal resources

                                    and under constant threat of suppression. It was therefore an

                                    underground publication despite being the paper of a

                                    legitimate Government.

                                                It was unadorned with any other content except

                                    straightforward factual and irrefutable information. This is

                                    what made its reputation and because of that it became one of

                                    the most powerful weapons in the war that eventually proved

                                    successful.

                                                It deserves an honoured place in Irish history yet it has

                                    never been republished and it is hardly referred to by our

                                    contemporary historians—and when it is—it is almost

                                    inevitably in disparaging terms.

                                                This is the first volume of the paper reproduced as

                                    faithfully as possible to the original. Other volumes will

                                    follow.

Aubane Historical Society

2012

ISBN 978-1-903497-74-6