The ‘Bandon Valley Massacre’ Revisited’
A public lecture by
Dr. John M. Regan, University of Dundee, Scotland
Ballroom of the Imperial Hotel, Cork
2.30 p.m. Saturday 28th April, 2012
The ‘Bandon Valley Massacre’ revisited’ is presented as a public lecture on the late Professor Peter Hart’s interpretation of events in West Cork at the end of April 1922, published in ‘The IRA and its enemies’ (Oxford, 1998). Over three nights of violence eighteen people were killed in the area enclosed by Ballincollig, Macroom, Dunmanway and Bandon. All but one of the dead was Protestant. Regan makes no claims in his lecture precisely to know what happened. Instead, Regan attempts to explain how Peter Hart constructed his narrative of an unambiguous sectarian massacre from some contradictory evidence. Regan argues that Hart’s sectarian argument rests on an unsound reading of the evidence and that we cannot know what motivated the murders. While there is no denying sectarian tensions existed all over Ireland in 1922, Regan concludes that in West Cork, Hart exaggerated tensions between Roman Catholics and Protestants to support his interpretation. How and why this happened is now open to debate.
Dr Regan’s lecture is based on published research which can be accessed on line.
Dr John M. Regan lectures in Irish and British history at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He has authored The Irish Counter-Revolution 1921-36 (Dublin, 1999), and now researches the influence of the North of Ireland conflict on historical writing on twentieth century Ireland.
The lecture is 40 minutes long and will be followed by a question and answer session