Irish Civil War

New Irish Independence Drama Available On Your Android TV Box

Netflix have finally released the long awaited TV series known as “Rebellion”. It is based on the real life events of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland in which several thousands freedom fighters took on the might of the British Empire. Each episode is approximately 50 minutes long and there is 6 episodes in season 1. I must say as a history buff I was a little disappointed in the TV series. It does not really capture the scale or the significance of the 1916 rising and instead portrays it as a small band of outcasts fighting for a cause nobody else seems interested in.

Not Historically Accurate:

Whatever your thoughts are on the rising you must agree it was one of the most significant events in Irish history and was certainly more than just a small band of what appears to be children and a few adults in the TV series Resistance. That said it is still worth a watch but mainly because surprisingly there is not many TV series about this period in Irish history which I find deeply disappointing. Also you will recognise most of this cast from the TV series Love/Hate which for some reason is not available on Netflix but it is available on other apps from your android TV box for those of you that have one. If you don’t have one we highly recommend them from as we got one of them last year and it has almost every TV series on it!

For anyone interested in a more accurate picture of the 1916 rising the film Michael Collins is still the best portrayal of the event both historically and from an entertainment standpoint. Of course this was a big budget movie but still Rebellion just didn’t do it for me and looked like a low budget project. Again this is just my opinion as it does have a 7/10 rating on IMDB but again as a history buff I just didn’t like how the events were portrayed. Let me know what you guys think..maybe I am too harsh!


Internationals in the Irish Civil War

A part of Scottish life for 200 years, Scotland’s Irish community has also been part of the global Irish diaspora during that time. As such it has played a role in the transnational movements associated with the campaigns for various forms of Irish independence. This was vividly illustrated during the 1916 Rising when Volunteers travelled from the west of Scotland to join the rebellion.

This article is a short history of the revolutionary involvement of those members of the Scottish unit of the Irish Volunteers who fought in Dublin in 1916.

What follows below is a short history of the revolutionary involvement of those members of the Scottish unit of the Irish Volunteers who fought in Dublin in 1916, through the guerrilla campaign by the Irish Republican Army [IRA] against the British from 1919-21 and during the Irish Civil War that followed the split in the IRA over the Treaty with the British government.[2]

These sixteen are a small proportion of the roughly 250 Irish Volunteers in Scotland in 1916. This latter figure rose to around 2,500 by the time of Truce between the Republicans and the British in 1921.[3] According to Gerard Noonan roughly 250 members of the Scottish Brigade of the IRA fought in the Irish Civil War on the pro-Treaty side and five died. While roughly 50 fought on the Republican side.[4]

Of course, these figures are dwarfed by the numbers who fought in the Great War. Elaine Mac Farland states that 30,000 Glaswegian Catholics were in the British armed forces in 1916.[5] While GĂ©raldine Vaughan quotes a figure of 15,000 Irish Catholics from Scotland for 1915, that is before conscription had been introduced.[6]

Given that around a fifth of these men had joined Irish Regiments, and that these regiments were heavily involved in British efforts to supress the Rising, it is possible that there were more Glaswegian Catholics voluntarily fighting for the British than against them in Dublin in 1916. Stephen Coyle lists three Crown Forces fatalities of the fighting with Glasgow addresses.[7]