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Céad Caoga Míle Fáilte*-150,000 Welcomes*

Bhí 150,000 príosúnaigh I bPríosúin Chill Mhaighneán    -    There were 150,000 prisoners in Kilmainham Gaol 


Joseph Casey
Insubordination in Rathdown Workhouse
1 month hard labour


John Neale
stealing 3 cows
Discharged under the Maintenance Act 25/11


Patrick Sheil & Thos Devine
treasonable practices
14 days, & 5 years in Glencree Reformatory


Anne Devlin
treasonable practices
Never tried


 Michael Robinson
7 years transportation


 Michael Kelly, Laurence Rooney & Denis O’Donnell
murder of Daniel Carroll 
Death. Hanged at Terenure Cross


 Anne Fitzgerald, 14,
Stealing 1 silver spoon 
14 days & 5 years in High Park Reformatory


Gaetano Rossi, 28, From Venice
IAssaulting the mate of the brig Wasdale and refusing to obey his command
14 days hard labour
Covid 19 disruptions to stock and postage
      During the present crisis we are remaining open for business and will continue as normal for as long as possible. Our office remains open and manned, and queries (e-mail or phone) are welcome and will be responded to. 

      All of our publications remain in stock at present, but most printers in Ireland are closed at present, and those that are open are far too busy to facilitate small publishers such as Kilmainham Tales Teo. so, eventually, we may unavoidably run out of stock of a particular publication. We will attempt to source alternative supplies and have already put a plan in action. However, this has meant having had to look overseas in some instances,Therefore, we ask that you bear with us as we may experience delays in and disruptions to supplies in particular of our forthcoming titles. Added to our problems are longer supply chains, and more urgent material (e.g. food and PPEs) taking precedence.

    Rest assured, however, that we have 99% of our titles in stock. In ththe event that a title goes out of stock temporarily, you have our guarantee that, as soon as we receive repalcements, such books on any order will be posted out to you, and we will keep each of you directly informed of any problems with your order and updated as to the latest situation. 

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Foláireamh Moille
    Le linn do réim ollghalar domhanda Coibheid 19, iarraimíd orraibh bheith foighdeach agus seolfaimíd bhur n-ordaithe chughaibh a luaith agus is féidir. Má bhíonn aon moill ann neosfaidh muid sin díbh.

     Maraon le sin, deir An Post linn gur féidir le moill sa phost a tharluíint freisin, rud nach bhfuil ar ár gcumas a sheachaint. 

As a small, independent publisher, we are eternally grateful for your support over the years, but never more so than now. In return, we pledge our support for you, our readers, with a continuing programme of new publications and an ever-growing catalogue, and an ongoing commitment to publishing many books and stories which other publishers would consider unviable but which we deem deserve to be told. So keep safe, keep reading ... and writing.
Mícheál Ó Doibhilín,

A special new book in the 'Weapons of ...' series
Written by weapons expert Kieran McMullen, author of the acclaimed "Weapons of the Easter Rising" and "Weapons of the Irish War of Independence", this new book looks at one of the most successful engagements by the IRA during the War of Independence, and considers the weapons and tactics engaged in by both the IRA and the Crown Forces.
Kieran examines the wepaons brought to the attack by both sides, and discusses their value in the contect of the battle, and gives examples of their uses.
He looks in particular at the tactics employed, and considers how these were affected by the weapons used by both sides.
This book is launched to mark the 99th anniversary attack, in the absence of teh usual conference which Kilmainham Tales co-sponsors. 
"Weapons of the Custom House Attack 1921" complements and expands on Kieran's two previous books, and the trio will be essential parts of the library of any student of the period.
Because of the Covid lock-down, Kieran has been unable to travel to Ireland to launch this book, but hopes to undertake a tour of talks on the subject later in the year.
The book is available to buy here
a unique new book from Joni Scanlon
A Sacrifice of the Heart
       A new and compelling biography which delivers a new insight into the life of Gearóid O’Sullivan, a  central figure of the Irish independence movement who played a key role in the rise of the Irish Republic. 
       A Sacrifice of the Heart offers a fresh Irish hero to bw iscovered and a new, accessible form of biographical storytelling, which places the reader with Gearóid as he participates in all of the important events of this tumultuous period, including the  1916 Rising, the harrowing Charge of the O’Rahilly down Moore Street, the War of Independence,  the Irish Civil War, and the creation of an independent Irish nation.
       Even readers who know little about the rebellion years will come away with a greater understanding  of modern Irish history as viewed through the life of this remarkable man and an appreciation of this  often-overlooked founding father of the Irish nation. Includes rare photos and a specially commis-  sioned map of the 1916 Rising and Moore Street Battlefield.
Further details and to order here

 Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel the proposed launch of“Weapons of the Irish War of Independence” , the long-awaited follow-up to "Weapons of the Easter Rising" by Ame"rican weapons specialist Kieran McMullen.

In this book Kieran once again demonstrates his encyclopaedic knowledge of historical weapons and, in combining it with his proven writing skills, has produced another accessible and comprehensive overview of the weapons used in the struggle to create a free and independent Ireland.

These two books combined constitute a unique encyclopedia of     the weapons used on all sides during the Irish struggle for independence in the period 1916-21, and are a must for every student of the period.

Click here to purchase "Weapons of the Easter Rising" and/or here "Weapons of the Irish War of Independence". 

Back in stock
The Forgotten Fallen
by James Langton
We are delighted to announce that the hardback edition of The Forgotten Fallen is back in stock.

James Langton's long-awaited 'The Forgotten Fallen' was launched on Friday 29 November, 2019 in Cathal Brugha Barracks before a huge attendance. The book was launched by Cmmdnt. Daniel Ayiotis, Officer in Charge of the Military Archives, who made an excellent speech in which he touched on the difficulties of recording and commenting on the Irish Civil War and seeing past the actions of both sides to the core truths of the time. You can read this speech in full here and buy the book here or in Alan Hanna's Bookshop, Rathmines., Charlie Burne's in Galway,  or, for our oversees readers Kenny's of Galway for  FREE international deliveries to anywhere in the world.

Meanwhile, people have been reading "The Forgotten Fallen" and giving us their unsolicited, honest opinions of the book. 
To date, we have not been notified of any omissions or errors - surely great praise for the diligent and excellent work of the author in a work of this magnitude?
We have received some additional information on one casualty which we will be adding to a future, revised, edition, and all added information will be published on this website.
Below are some of the comments we have received on the book. initials only are given for the reviewers, as these are unsolicited reviews, but is obvious already that this is fast becoming 
an essential book for anyone with an interest in the Irish Civil War.
The latest issue of An Cosantóir Magazine (February 2020) is now in the shops and once again it is an excellent magazine. 

This is the best value magazine on the market, and we are delighted that James Langton's "The Forgotten Fallen" features on three full pages in it. 

There is a full page on the launch of the book and two pages of an article by James Langton on the book and the background to it.

There are also the results of our competition to win a copy of James' acclaimed book.

The cover feature is about the European Battlegroup 202 and inside there is plenty of news, book reviews and articles.
Recently I had the pleasure of attending James Langton's book launch for Forgotten Fallen. Having attended Maynooth University on the same course as James, to witness him produce such a marvellous publication was a very proud and emotional occasion for all concerned.

The publication is testimony to his relentless dedication to the field of Irish historiography. In its impressive and fine detail, it will no doubt prove to be the most useful and essential reference point for academics and the general reading audience. Perhaps, the greatest compliment I can pay is to say the next editions are eagerly anticipated, no pressure intended James! - DM

James, your wonderful book arrived in the post today from Kilmainham Tales. Couldn’t take my nose out of it all evening. I’ll be consulting it (and the next two books) for years to come.

Congrats again James on a 
wonderful addition to our histography of the revolutionary generation. You should be very proud of yourself. 

I know my grandfather would be delighted with it - in agitating for the establishment of The National Day of Commemoration he was always conscious of our abandonment of “The Forgottten Fallen” - BC

Just over half way through  it, and each time i pick it up I learn more..great research done..fabulous for reference..great work Jim - RD

You should be very proud, from what I’ve read so far it’s great. 

Congratulations again, it’s a fine body of work - A

Excellent work, James. Absolutely excellent. I can see this book being a reference for other historians and genealogists for years to come - CMcM

Once again, congratulations to 
James Langton for researching and writing an outstanding book, and Kilmainham and Micheal O Doibhilin for bringing it to us - JS

You should be very proud, from what I’ve read so far it’s great. Congratulations again, it’s a fine body of work - A

Congratulations again - LF

It is a real achievement. I look forward to the next two books. I am sure the book will attract quite a few reviews. It is always heart in the mouth stuff when you put your work into the public domain and anyone can say anything about it. In your case you don't have to worry as the reviews should be all positive. Well done and I hope you get the rewards that your book so richly deserves. -  RB

Absolute brilliant book. 

My father, a Congo veteran of 1962 (37th Batt), saw the pic of the Niemba commemoration. He was there that day. 
He’s adoring the book. 

Thanks for giving Ireland this gift. - CO'R

I’m reading it now. Very educational - TD

Just finished reading it. Great work Jim, great info and photos. 

Anyone interested in Irish history must have this book in their collection - RD

It's Interesting to see names and sometimes faces on those who died. Details of the individuals, etc. 

At this remove, the Civil War was something that happened an odd century ago with many atrocities on both sides sides. 

We know the names of some of the heroes on both sides. Now we know the details of the rank and file. Now we know who they are on the Treaty side. Ordinary people and some extraordinary people. 

Well done James Langton - BO'N
Buy "The Forgotten Fallen" here
We are delighted to announce our latest publication - "The Great Liberties Whiskey Fire" by Las Fallon.

    This is Las' second book with us (his other is "The Firemen's Tale") and is sure to be another winner. 

    Las tells the story of the day - or, rather, night, in 1875 when thousands of litres of burning whiskey flowed like lava through the streets of the Liberties area of Dublin, threatening to totally destroy the remnants of the old city, and the lives of its residents.

Unable to use water to extinguish the conflagration, Captain Robert Ingram of the Dublin Fire Brigade devised an innovative plan, both original in concept and daring in execution, to tame the flames and save he Liberties and, possibly, the whole city.

Allegedly, some thirteen people lost their lives in the fire - not through injury but by over-indulgence in golden nectar that flowed through the streets of the Liberties! Las questions this number, and looks in detail at what is known about the deaths that did occur.

Copiously illustrated with contemporary illustrations, this is a fascinating and timely read.

Pictured (above) Author Las Fallon deiivering the first copies of "The Great Liberties Whiskey Fire" to the retail shop in Teeling Whiskey Distillery and (right)  to the Irish Whiskey Museum.
For further details and/or to order a copy of "The Great Liberties Whiskey Fire" click here.

Copies may also be purchased in the retail shops of:
Teeling Whiskey Distillery 13-17 Newmarket Dublin 8, 
The Irish Whiskey Museum, 119 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, (opposite Trinity College)
Lord Mayor's support for Reinterment of William Campbell
We are delighted to announce that Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Paul McCauliffe, has thrown his weight behinfd our campaign to have William Campbell, husband of Anne Devlin, moved from the grave he now occupies to his wife's. 

William is buried in a grave purchased by Anne on his death, and she was interred there when she died in 1851. Howver, the historian RR Madden moved Anne to a grave he had purchased in 1852, leaving her husband behind.

We have been campaigning under the broad framework of Cuimhní Anne Devlin to have this wrong righted for the past  15 years, and are delighted to announce this latest supporter of our campaign.

Following his excellent speech at our 2019 Annual Anne Devlin Commemoration, Lord Mayor McCauliffe announced his support for the reinterrment of William Campbell and we are delighted to have the support of the first citizen of Dublin for our campaign.

Some weeks ago, in the latest phase of our campaign, we wrote to John Green, CEO of Glasnevin Trust, asking for permission to move William's remains to his wife's grave, and Lord Mayor mcCauliffe has written in support of our request.

This is the second sitting Lord Mayor to support our campaign (Lord Mayor Cllr. Nial Ring announced his support last year, 2018) and we trust that such prominent backing will achieve the result we have so far failed to achieve alone and that, soon, Anne Devlin will be reunited with her husband William Campbell, as she wished.
Josie McGowan Centenary Conference 2019

On Saturday 21 September we hosted the Josie McGowan Centenary Conference in the Labour History Society’s conference room, Beggar’s Bush barracks.

Josie McGowan was fatally injured in a police baton charge in Foster Place, Dublin 2, on 22 September 2018, and died a week later. So Saturday was the last day of the centenary of her injury, and almost the end of the centenary of her death.

There were four speakers in all – at 10.00 am Mícheál Ó Doibhilín started the Conference with a talk on 20-year-old Josie herself, and gave a meticulously illustrated and researched account of here life, while Mary McCauliffe – who was to talk on the women of the Irish Citizen Army but, due to a serious injury was unable to prepare this – spoke instead on the women of Cumann na mBan – a fascinating talk. Cathy Scuffil followed with a wonderful account of the women of Cumann na mBan in Dolphin’s Barn (where Josie was a member) and the final talk was an excellent and lively talk on the women of Cumann na mBan who were killed in the early 20th century revolutionary period.

Councillor Donna Cooney, of the Green Party, spoke briefly early in the Conference about the role of women today and how this had changed, and needed to change still more for equal partnership.

There was much debate from the floor before the Conference broke for lunch at 1.00 pm.

Then, at 1.30 pm Liz Gillis led a guided tour from Beggars’ Bush to Foster Place, stopping along the way at many well-known and not-so-well-known site of historic interest (including Mount Street Bridge for an detailed account of that battle in 1916). At Foster Place Mícheál outlined the circumstances of the DMP baton charge that led to Josie McGowan’s death, and announced the intention of erecting a plaque in memory of Josie there.

All involved declared this a most satisfactory event and, in the absence of any official commemoration of this, the first Cumann na mBan member to be killed during the revolution, a fitting way to remember young Josie McGowan 100 years after her tragic death.

We are grateful to the DDC's Decade of Commemorations Fund and the Irish Labour History Society for their support.
Irish Labour History Society, Beggars' Bush
Photos are by Liz Gillis, Donna Cooney and Cathy Scuffil.
15th Annual Anne Devlin Commemoration

On Sunday 22 September the 15th Annual Anne Devlin Commemoration took place, with a brief eulogy by Mícheál Ó Doibhilín after 12.00 noon mass in St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Meath Street.

The weather did not bode well for the afternoon’s ceremony, however, with heavy rain and strong winds but, by 2.30 pm all was sunshine again and the ceremony passed off in glorious weather – the 15th successive year without rain!

The ceremony began at 3.00 pm at the graveside of Anne Devlin in Glasnevin Cemetery, with a colour party from The Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers, History & Re-enactment Group as a mark of respect and honour.

Mícheál Ó Doibhilín opened the proceedings by welcoming everyone, and introducing the Guest of Honour, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Paul McCauliffe. The Lord Mayor spoke passionately about Anne, the hardship of her life and the importance of remembering her before laying a wreath on behalf of the people of Dublin.Next, Mícheál introduced the special guest, author and columnist Martina Devlin, who spoke about the influence of Anne Devlin on her as a young girl growing up on in County Tyrone, before laying a wreath on the grave. But, as she did so, she invited Millie McCauliffe, the Lord Mayor’s daughter, to hel her.

Mícheál thanked both speakers before speaking about Anne and her loyal husband William Campbell. He also gave an update on the campaign to reunite William and Anne in the one grave. He has written to John Green, CEO of Glasnevin Trust, seeking permission to move William, and is 

 hopeful of a favourable reply soon. He explained that Frank Callery was unable to attend this year to sing his wonderful tribute “Not every hero waves a flag”, but promised that he would try to attend again next year.

Mícheál called on Liz Gillis, Secretary of Cuimhní Anne Devlin (organisers of the commemoration) to lay a wreath on their behalf. He then laid one on his own, personal behalf and asked Millie McAuliffe to lay one donated by Glasnevin Cemetery Florists, after which others then laid flowers on the grave, including Kevin Devlin and his wife.

Many retired to the Cemetery Café for coffee/tea and conversation until it was time to go home.

Next year’s commemoration will be on Sunday 20th of September, at 12.00 noon mass in St. Catherine’s of Meath Street, and at 3.00 pm at Anne’s grave in Glasnevin. Of course, it is our hope that by then it will be the grave of Anne and her husband William, reunited after 167 years.

(Below, L to R)  Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Paul McCauliffe; Author & Columnist Martina Devlin; Martina Devlin and Millie McCauliffe; Mícheál Ó Doibhilín
Photos: David Murphy
Photos below: Kevin Devlin
Remember THAT Poster?
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A great new book by Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc

This book is about the English, Scottish and Welsh who fought and/or died for the Irish Republic, but who had no family connections to Ireland and no reason to take up arms to fight for the Irish Republic except that it was obvious to anyone, of any nationality, that the cause of Irish Freedom was a just one that deserved the support of the free men and free women of the entire world. 

Read more here

For Fans of Jimmy Wren's Artwork

. Jimmy Wren, Born in Dublin and son of James Wren who at the age of 17 served in the GPO during the Rising, 

Jimmy is an accomplished Irish Historian and Writer, having written and illustrated such major works as 'Villages of Dublin', and produced a series of Biographical Dictionaries of the men and women of 1916 - 'GPO Garrison Easter Week 1916',  'Four Courts Garrison Easter Week 1916' & 'Heuston's Fort Easter Week 1916'- the story of the gallant fight put up bu the men of the Mendicity Institution during the Easter Rising.

All these books are long out of print - snapped up by historians and admirers of Jimmy's artwork alike. Recently, however, a box of some 30 copies of "Heuston's Fort" was discovered and Kilmainham Tales purchased it. We are now delighted to be able to offer these last few copies for sale.

The book is a mine of information, as anyone who has read Jimmy's other two books will know. But this book is different - it  tells the story of this famous battle in the Easter Rising of 1916, and is written by three Grandchildren of combatants. 

Read more about this informative book and/or buy here.
To mark the 10th year of Kilmainham Tales Teo., we announce two major annual awards in association with An Cosantóir magazine
One of the best magazines for both militaria and history enthusiasts is An Cosantóir, the magazine of the Irish defence forces.
    Over the years we have advertised in this magazine, and contributed articles to it - in particular the 1916 centenary issue and the more recent War of Independence centenary issue. We have been delighted with the magazine, and watched it grow into a truly unique magazine with a long pedigree, one of our best militaria and history magazines in fact. 
    Recently we attended the Annual Awards Ceremony in McKee Barracks and were proud to see Paul O'Brien, author of four Kilmainham Tales and many other books for other publishers including the 1916 Battlefields series, receive the Lt. M.J. Costello Award as Overall Winner 2018 for his articles therein.
    Paul, a regular contributor to the magazine, is only one contributor out of many and therefore we have decided to offer two additional trophies - The Josie McGowan Trophy for Best Female Writer, and the Kilmainham Tales Trophy for Best Historical Article. These will be granted annually from 2019.
What would the Countess say?
Martina Devlin
One hundred years ago this year, Constance Markievicz made history when she took office as the first female Cabinet minister in Europe. 

In another first, the new Dáil Éireann - in which she was Minister for Labour - met in Dublin’s Mansion House.

To mark this landmark occasion, Lord Mayor Cllr. Nial Ring hosted a special performance of Martina Devlin’s play about her 'What Would The Countess Say? ' 
Directed by Margaret Dunne
Featuring Sharon Nealon (as Countess Markievicz),
Áine Ní Laoghaire,
Donncha O'Dea
Martin Linnane
The play was staged in the
Oak Room of the Mansion House
at 2.30pm
on Sunday 12 May.

The play was followed by a discussion with the playwright and Lord Mayor. 
Michael 'Mick' Gillis (1962-2019)
Another year barely begun and another death to mourn. 

This time it is our dear friend Mick Gillis - one of nature's gentlemen, one of the finest and most generous men one could ever hope to meet.

A gifted conversationalist, Mick could listen too. His advice was always sound, and he rarely had a bad word to say about anyone. 

Mick hid his gifts well, however, always deferring to others as the 'experts'. But he was, in the truest sense, a fine historian himself, specialising in the American Civil War. his Knowledge of this conflict was encyclopedic, and his enthusiasm for the subject never faltered.

Mick worked for some time in the National Labour Museum and Archive, and became enthused about Labour history also, thus rounding out his knowledge of the early 20th century's revolutionary history.

To sit with Mick for an hour (or many more!) and discuss any of these facets of history was always a privilege and pleasure, and I shall miss these chats - I learned so much from this gentle man.

Mick shared his love of Ireland and her history with his children, in particular his daughter Liz - now a renowned historian in her own right. She is another member of the Kilmainham Tales stable of authors, having written "May 25 - battle of the Custom House 1921". But she has written another 7 books for Mercier Press and is to the forefront of that generation of young historians which is bringing a breath of fresh air (and honesty) to the study of Irish history.

Mick was a wonderful father and mother to his children - I know, because they told me so. He raised them single-handedly, and made sure they were raised correctly. He imbued much of himself in them, yet did not stifle them, and allowed them each to be original, creative and capable of thinking critically for themselves. 

Mick had every reason to be proud of what he achieved in his all too short life. He deserved more time, but alas it was not to be.

His funeral was a testament to the man, his influence ... and his legacy. Even Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Nial Ring was present, something, perhaps, Mick would have died to see :-).

I am proud that Mick allowed me to share even a little of his time. That time was wonderful, and is now a chest of treasured memories. 

(Above) Mick GIllis with his daughter Liz, author and historian, on her wedding day.

None of this makes it any easier to say goodbye, and our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with his children, who knew Mick better than any of us, and whose loss is incalculable.

Ar dheis Dé go mbeidh sé go síorraí, i measc na naoimh agus na laochra.


William Campbell Reinterment

(Above) The grave in Glasnevin from which Anne Devlin Campbell was illegally removed in 1852. Her husband, William Campbell, remains buried alone there.
On March 11, 1852, the noted United Irishmen's biographer and historian R.R. Madden entered Glasnevin Cemetery and, with some of her relations and friends, dug up the body of Anne Devlin and moved it to another gravesite nearby. 

They did this to remove Anne from a pauper’s grave, believing that such an Irish patriot should not be in one.

Unfortunately, through a misunderstanding, they left Anne’s husband William Campbell behind in the original grave. 
The couple had been buried in the same grave because it was not a pauper’s grave – Anne had purchased it in 1846 on the death of her beloved husband so that they both be interred there, for she believed – and proclaimed – that friends should be buried together.

This act by Dr. Madden and others, while carried out with the best of in
tentions, was a crime on a couple of levels. 

First, it was an act of grave-robbing to remove Anne’s body illegally from a grave;

Second, it was a crime against one of our greatest heroes, that her ultimate wish – to be buried with her husband – should be frustrated.

For 15 years we have sought to have this crime redressed. As William lies in a forgotten, unmarked grave (see photo), we have desired that he be moved to Anne’s one which is marked by a magnificent Celtic cross provided by the board of Glasnevin cemetery.

There were many obstacles to overcome but finally, today, our request for exhumation and re-interment orders for William are with Minister Eoghan Murphy, TD, Minister for Local Government in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

We are hopeful of a swift approval so that this wrong can be righted eventually and that Anne can finally rest at ease with her friend, partner, lover and supporter of 35 years as she intended.

Further updates will be given as we get them.

UPDATE Thursday, 11 January, 2019:

And so the dance begins. Having been passed to the Dept. of Local Government from the Department of Justice, we have just now been informed that "graves have been rejigged" and are now the remit of Michael Ring, the Minister for Rural & Community Development! 
Presumably the paperwork will get there in due course and someone will act.

Update: Friday 12 January, 2019:

173 years ago, on this day, 12 January, 1846, William Campbell was buried in a grave in Glasnevin which  

his wife of 35 years had purchased so that she could later be buried with him. And do it was that 5 years later, on September 19, 1851, Anne Devlin Campbell was buried as she wished.

But not for long. Just 6 months later, 11 March, 1852, the noted historian of the United Irishmen RR Madden illegally moved Anne from her grave to another. This crime against one of our greatest heroes has never been redressed.

After 15 years research and campaigning for this to happen, we are finally hopeful that Anne's husband William will be moved to her current grave.

Our application to this affect, we are told, has been moved to the office of  Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development - the minister currently responsible for graves we are told. The application is "is with the officials" of this department, we were told in response to a query today.

UPDATE Tuesday 15 Jan. 2019:

We have been told that this application is not within the remit of Minister Ring's department, but must be sent to Fingal County Council direct. This, despite a formal application form being available separate to the County Council one. 

It appears that the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing in these matters.

However, undeterred, we will now approach Fingal County Council and seek an order there. 

This is far too important a matter to let drop at any hurdle and we will persist until we achieve our aim, no matter how long it takes.

UPDATE: Monday 27 Jan. 2019

Our revised application was sent to Fingal County Council on Friday 24 Jan. by registered post. We await a speedy reply, and will keep you all posted.

UPDATE:Wednesday February 6, 2019

Well, hopefully this is the last time we have to do this. We have now submitted an application for a licence to exhume William Campbell from his grave in Glasnevin and to re-inter him in the grave of his wife, Anne Devlin. This time, following the instructions we received from Fingal County Council, we have spplied to Dublin City Council.

William lived in the area under this Council for all 72 yearsof his life, while Anne lived there from her release from Kilmainham Gaol in 1806 to her death in a miserable slum in 1851 - 46 years. 

They couple were married in St. Catherine's Church, Meath Street on April 17 1811, and we hope to have them finally reunited by the 208th anniversary of this this year.

We have the support of Lord Mayor Cllr. Nial Ring and oyher members of the Council, so hopefully this time we succeed.

If a licence is issued, we then need to apply to Glasnevin Cemetery for final approval from there.

Le cúnamh Dé beidh an masla a tugadh do duine den'ár laochra ba mhó réitithe go luath.

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Kilmainham Tales in Dublin's Mansion House
     What an incredible day it was in Dublin's Mansion House on Saturday November 24 2018, when our First Citizen of Dublin, Lord Mayor Cllr. Nial Ring, hosted a special reception in the Mansion House to mark our 10th anniversary.
Music was provided by our Secretary, newly-wed Jenny Ní Dhoibhilín-Marten, and the scrumptious cake was designed and provided by talented Aisling Ní Dhoibhilín.

     Surrounded by friends and family it was a fantastic way to celebrate our first decade, and a wonderful affirmation of the value of what we seek to do in Kilmainham Tales Teo.

     Equally humbling was the special tribute paid to us by the 1916 Relatives Association, represented by Clare Cowley, who also acted as MC on the day, and whose words of praise for us and what we do left us stunned and blushing!

     Several of our authors were there, and it was wonderful to be able to pay tribute to them - as our MD, Mícheál Ó Doibhilín said in his remarks, authors are the lifeblood of publishers - publishers cannot exist without authors, but authors can exist without publishers.

     But the biggest tribute must go to our wonderful Lord Mayor, a true friend of history who has backed what we do so assiduously.

     On the day we presented the Lord Mayor with a complete set of our publications, with the Original Series in the first of our new series binders, and also held a draw for another complete set. In addition, everyone who attended was given a complimentary copy of "May 25 - burning of the Custom House 1921".

     The Lord Mayor, just two days previously in the Irish Times Christmas Guide, had said that the book he would be giving for Christmas would be our "1916 - Cath Sráid Uí Mhórdha/Battle of Moore Street" and, true to his word, in association with Kilmainham Tales a free copy was also given to all attendees! So all who attended shared our celebration.

     A final and special word of thanks must go to all the Mansion House staff - both before and during this event - for their professionalism, friendliness and courtesy. 

     Don Árd Mhéara féin, míle, míle buíochais.     
Congratulations to Áine Broy who won the complete collection of our publications, including the Anne Devlin plaque and Medal.
it is hard to believe, but it is ten - yes, 10 - years since we published our first book under the Kilmainham Tales banner - "Anne Devlin - bravest of the brave". Since then, we have published another 18, bringing the grand total to 19, with plenty more to come.
     Two years ago we launched a new series - Kilmainham Tales Specials - full paperbacks on specific incidents or periods in Irish history - with the publishing of "MAY 25 - burning of the Custom House 1921" and currently are working on our sixth title in this series.
     In total, we have 26 books on Irish history in our catalogue, and counting ... (If you are counting, you will only get to 24 books, but there are two others, a Kilmainham Tales local history one and and a Kilmainham Tales Special of the papers of the Lá na mBan commemoration talks from City Hall on June 10th of this year. Neither are on sale, but were exclusively included in the collection given as a prize and also the set present to the Lord Mayor).
     In between, we produced a special, limited edition plaque in honour of the subject of our first book - Anne Devlin. Limited to only 71 copies, one for each year of her life. Last year we produced a specially designed coin in honour of the same Irish hero.
     We are currently working on a major new book - the first in a trilogy on the Irish Civil War dead - and also have the texts of several other books on our desk. Amongst these are another Kilmainham Tale Special - "A Thirst for Freedom" about the role alcohol and pubs have played in the Irish freedom struggle, an original series book on James Connolly in Scotland, and another 'Weapons' book - this time of the Irish War of Independence. 
     We hope also to return to the successful burning of the Custom House with another book on some of the participants in that event, and produce a book on Josie McGowan, the first Cumann na mBan member to be killed in the War of Independence.
     We also hope to have some great news to share on our ongoing campaign (through 'Cuimhní Anne Devlin') to have Anne Devlin's husband William moved from his present lonely grave to finally lie with his wife as they both wished.
     So, a busy time ahead which we hope you will share with us as you have shared the past ten years!
 Below is just a selection of the many, many photos taken by our photographer Kevin Devlin and others.

Kilmainham Tales has had a busy time over the last couple of weeks, with three (yes, 3!) book launches in the space of 8 days, another published but not officially launched, taking part in the annual Anne Devlin Commemoration and two guided walking tours "In the Footsteps of Anne Devlin" in the Liberties. AND our Secretary got married!
Details are as follows:

We send our congratulations and best wishes to our Company Secretary (and MD's daughter) Jenny Ní Dhoibhilín on her marriage to Dave Marten on Friday November 2nd.

A great occasion, a fabulous wedding and a wonderful day enjoyed by all in the Springfield Hotel, Lucan.

It is great to see a child of yours grow into such a wonderful, creative and loving person, mother and wife. 

Jenny and Dave - and their son Cian - are jetting off to warmer climes for a while, and we wish them every happiness - not just on this brief journey but on the longer journey through their life together as a family.
Lord Mayor attended 2018 Commemoration
This year's commemoration was held on Sunday September 2018.
   We began as always with 12.00 noon mass in St. Catherine's Church, Meath Street, after which a brief eulogy was delivered by Mícheál Ó Doibhilín.
   Later, at 3.00pm, we assembled at Anne Devlin's grave in Glasnevin Cemetery.
   The commemoration began with a rendition of his beautiful musical tribute to Anne Devlin - "Not Every Hero Waves A Flag" - by Frank Callery, accompanied on the flute by Jenny Ní Dhoibhilín.
   This year we were honoured that Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Nial Ring attended as guest of honour and delivered the keynote graveside oration in addition to laying the first floral tribute on her grave.
   George McCullough, CEO Glasnevin Trust, spoke next, outlining the circumstances of Anne Devlin's interrment and re-interrment, before  Mícheál Ó Doibhilín replied to the Lord Mayor's address, after which Liz Gillis will laid a floral tribute on behalf of Cuimhní Anne Devlin, and Jenny Ní Dhoibhilín will laid another on behalf of Kilmainham Tales Teo., followed by others who wished to follow suit.
   The ceremony concluded with Frank Callery reprising his song, and throughout the ceremony there was an Honour Guard by Terry Crosbie and friends.
Book 1:

Listen to author Joe Connell
as he is interviewed about his latest book
"Who Shot Michael Collins?"
by Teresa Quinn on Liffey Sound 96.4fm.

Book 2:

Book 3:

We are honoured that the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Nial Ring, will formally launching our terriffic new publication "Weapons of the Easter Rising" by American author, historian and weapons specialist Kieran McMullen in Dublin's Mansion House on Friday, September 28th next.

   Immediately after the launch, Kieran will give an illustrated talk on "Weapons of the Easter Rising", drawing on his extensive knowledge and personal collection of weapons of the period.

   This is a unique opportunity, unlikely to be repeated, to hear Kieran speak as he is resident in the USA.

   After the talk, there will be some light refreshments and music supplied by a group of award-winning Irish musicians, and an opportunity to purchase the book (at a discounted price) and have it signed by the author in person.

   Please note that, as this is a seated event, admission must be strictly limited. In addition, the Mansion House has requested a list of all attendeed in advance.Therefore, you must register for this FREE event by clicking here on Eventbrite to obtain a ticket. 

"Weapons of the Easter Rising"
has been praised by all who have read pre-launch copies, e.g.

Paul O’Brien, Historian/Author

"Many people contact me in relation to good books on the 1916 Easter Rising. This is a new one. just out. Well worth getting for a read and for reference".

Lorcan Collins, Historian/Author, founder of 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

"Very solid and well researched book by my friend Kieran McMullen on the weapons of 1916. Published by a great man Mícheál Ó Doibhilín from Kilmainham Tales (look them up). Kieran, who lives in the US, has amassed an immense amount of detailed information that will be used by authors and students for years to come. Incredible work and a big shout out to Kieran for writing it".

Book 4:
What it said in the papers!
On June 10th 2018 in Dublin's City Hall Liz Gillis and Mícheál Ó Doibhilín commemorated Lá na mBan 9th June 1918, when the women of Ireland came out in force to deny the might of the British Empire.

There were eight speakers on the day and now all the eight papers presented have been gathered together into a superb 164 page souvenir book, including a magnificent photo record by Pat Gillis. 

While the book is published as Kilmainham Tale Special 04, it is not on sale - it was produced as a special limited edition for those who attended the free commemoration and purchased a copy of the Journal then. All who attended and purchased a copy were entitled to have a name of their own choice inscribed in the book.

All books have now been posted to subscribers, and initial reaction has been excellent.

We feel it is a superb record of a great day which acknowledged the fantastic achievement of those brave and valiant women of 1918.

On Saturday, 29 June, Liz Gillis - author of "May 25 - burning of the Custom House 1921" and several other books on the Easter Rising,  Irish War of Independence and Civil War - was granted The Lord Mayor's Award by Árd-Mhéara Áth Cliath Mícheál MacDonncha.
      In his introduction in the accompanying brochure  he wrote:
"Since 1989 the Lord Mayor's Awards have honoured individuals and groups who have made a special contribution to both Dublin and its citizens. These awards, held annually, are Dublin City's way of acknowledging and congratulating them for the extraordinary work they do".
      The Árd-Mhéara presented Liz with her award "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the city as a historian of Dublin and a pioneering chronicler of women in the Irish revolution".
      There ceremony took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House, before invited guests. A meal was served, and there was dancing til late!
      We in Kilmainham Tales Teo. Congratulate Liz on her well-deserved award and recognition of all she does, and are proud to be associated with her.
Sunday, 10th June 2018 - one of the finest days of the year. 100 days to the day after Sunday 9th June 1918, when 3/4 of the women of Ireland, in one of the greatest shows of solidarity and unity ever, signed a Pledge not to take the jobs of anyone who lost his job through refusing to be conscripted into the British army.
The centenary was commemorated in Dublin's City Hall at an event organised by Liz Gillis and Mícheál Ó Doibhilin  Ten speakers - young and old - re-enactors, displays and a bookstall all came together to make this a memorable day for the over 250 who attended. 
An average of 50 people attended each talk, and all were fulsome in their praise afterwards for the quality of those talks and the depth of the research undertaken.
"Flames not Flowers - part re-enactors and part performance artists - interspersed the day's programme with songs and actions, looking magnificent in their period costumes. Many in the audience dressed in period garb too.
All in all - a triumph and a show of solidarity across the century.
Another Successful Conference

This, our 8th successive Annual Conference on the Burning of the Custom House 1921, was a major success.

With several new researchers presenting, and some seasoned ones, this was a mix of the old and the new.

Some subjects were possibly controversial - such as Ernest McColl's talk on the Auxiliaries - but all were stimulating and gave rise to much discussion among the participants. 

Once again the Custom House did us proud as regards facilities and refreshment, and we were looked after with courtesy, humour and enthusiasm.

We are grateful, too, to our sponsors Dublin City Council for its support and look forward to ongoing co-operation with this body; our regular sponsors Liz 

Independence, we are conscious Gillis' Rebellion Walking Tours in Dublin, and Micheal O Doibhilin's Kilmainham Tales Teo., without whom this could not have been the success it was.

As we approach the centenary of this pivotal event in the War of of the need to explore ALL aspects of it. We were delighted, therefore to have talks on:

“The Battle For Government: The 1918 General Election” by Liam Cowley;                

"IRA GHQ and the War of Independence 1919-21" by Gerry Shannon;

“Tudor’s Toughs: The Auxiliaries In Ireland 1920-1921” by Ernest McCall;

"The Custom House Fire Brigade” by Liz Gillis;

"First Responders - the Auxiliaries at the Customs House raid 1921" by Paul O’Brien;

"Forgotten Allies - the men of the Dublin Fire brigade and their role in the burning of the Custom House" by Las Fallon;

“Read All About It!: Reports Of The Attack Of The Custom House In The Irish Newspapers” by Cathy Scuffil;

"War of Words - kindling the media interest" by MícheáÓ Doibhilín.

Apart from the talks, we had an excellent range of relevant books and lapel badges, capably curated bu Olive Kenna, proud mother of our sorely missed friend and fellow historian, Dr. Shane Kenna.

Call For Papers
It is never too early to start planning, so this is preliminary call for papers for next year's conference which will be on Saturday May 25th, the exact date when, 98 years before, the Custom House was attacked. 
If you have an idea for a paper to present, we'd love to hear from you. At this stage all we want is the outline of the idea in as many or as few words as you think necessary. 
Send your suggestion to:
Burning of the Custom House Conference 2019 at editor@annedevlin.ie.

During the 1916 Easter Rising the greatest worries of the Rebels were manpower and weapons. The loss of the Aud with its 20,000 rifles, 10 machine-guns and ammunition had dealt their plans a fatal blow. Now they had to face an enemy with modern rifles, machine-guns and artillery armed only with limited out-dated, clandestinely purchased and, in the case of ammunition and explosives, often hand-made ordinance.

“Weapons of the Easter Rising” Kieran describes not only their weapons, but those the British Army used in retaliation. While not claiming to be the definitive guide to every weapon used, this book – copiously illustrated with photographs and illustrations (many of the Author’s own collection of historic weapons) and written with the lay reader in mind – is the ideal introduction to this hitherto overlooked but vital aspect of the Easter Rising, 1916.
A retired US Army Lt-Col of Field Artillery, veteran of the Korean DMZ and Operation Desert Storm, Kieran McMullen also served 14 years in law enforcement. A trained shooting reconstructionist and firearms instructor, he also has a BA in Irish History.

Kieran and his wife Christina have a small farm in coastal Darien, Georgia 
with horses, chickens, and an Irish Wolfhound, and frequently visit Ireland, where his affinity with the Easter Rising is explained by his recently-uncovered relative, Patrick Murray, who was in the GPO in 1916 and took part in The O’Rahilly’s charge in Moore Street. Wounded, he was sent to Frongoch and later fought in the War of Independence.

The author of several published works of fiction including "Sherlock 
Holmes and the Irish Rebels". In “Weapons of the Easter Rising”, Kieran has drawn on his encyclopaedic knowledge of historical weapons to produce an accessible and comprehensive overview of the weapons used in the struggle to create a free and independent Ireland. 
The book is a paperback, 128 pages in black and white, with a full-colour cover printed both sides. Available now for only Price €12.50
To buy, click HERE
Our latest publication in the Kilmainham Tales series - No. 18 - was published on Saturday 24 February 2018. Titled "The Irish National War Memorial Gardens", it tells the history of this beautiful memorial to the almost 50,000 who died in WW1. 
The book is written by acclaimed military historian Paul O'Brien, and is his fourth title in the Kilmainahm Tales series.
This is the first ever history of this iconic memorial, recognised world-wide as one of the most impressive and beautiful War Memorials.
Designed by renowned designer Edwin Lutyens, the Memorial site is a place of rest and beauty, and hosts annual commemorations for these fallen Irish.
The book will shortly be available in major Dublin bookshops, including Books Upstairs, Hoddges Figgis, and Alan Hanna, and is now available on our website here at €6 plus post and packing.

We're 10 years old this year, and our new 2018 Catalogue is now available

At last, our 2018 Catalogue is ready and you can access it online Here.

In it you will find details on all our publications to date, and some information on publications to come. 

Please note that the catalogue will be updated as our plans evolve, so it is worth checking back occasionally.

Any book in the catalogue is available from this website. Simply click on the link "Publications" at the top of any page and select from the drop-down list for the book of your choice.

Kilmainham Tales started in 2008 with just one book - "Anne Devlin, bravest of the brave". 
      One of our slimmest books, it had just 32 pages and cost €5. We never imagined in 2008 where we would be 10 years later but if you peruse our catalogue (see above) it shows our list consists of 17 of the original Kilmainham Tales books and three full, conventional paperbacks by some of the best historians and writers available.  We have been delighted with the support and encouragement we have received over the decade since we began, and look forward to your ongoing support.
         However, it was a struggle even in 2008 to get the price down to a fiver, and since then there have been increasing costs, in particular printing. Yet we never raised our prices, even as these costs spiralled. 
      Finally, however, we have reached the point where we cannot hold our prices any longer and must increase the original series from €5 to €6 per copy. Yes, we know this is 20%, but that equates to just 2% per year, and is only €1, but it means a lot to us and hopefully will help us to continue publishing these books.
      A glance at our catalogue will show our plans for some very interesting books well advanced, and there are another 20 or so books we are in discussion with the authors about including, hopefully, a series on the prisons of Ireland, of which the Wicklow book is only the beginning.
     However, as this increase may have been unexpected, we have agreed to defer it until the end of January. So, for anyone buying an original series Kilmainham Tales book through this website in January, the price will be  €5 per copy. 
      From 1 February 2018, however, that will increase to €6. So, buy now and save 20%!
      Note that this increase only applies to the Kilmainham Tales Original Series. All other books from us, including the marvelous "MAY 25 - burning of the Custom House", and our latest "1916 - Battle of Moore Street/Cath Shráid Uí Mhórdha" - remain as before.
Battle of Moore Street
Cath Shráid Uí Mhórdha

A bi-lingual history of the final battle of the Easter Rising in the words of those who were there.

Stair dhá-theangach chath deiridh Éirí Amach na Cásca i bhfocail iad siúd a bhí i láthair.

"To give a relatively small street in Dublin's City Centre the title of "Birthplace of the Republic" may seem audacious, bold or even brazen, but anyone who reads Ray Bateson’s account of Moore Street and its pivotal role in the 1916 Easter Rising cannot but be convinced, not only that the title is justified, but that the story of Moore Street must take its rightful and prominent place in our history, especially when the 1916 Rising is being discussed".
  So wrote Cllr. Nial Ring, in the Introduction of this unique book launched in Dublin's iconic Mansion House by Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha on December 11th.
  Read more here, and/or buy the book (at €12.50 per copy) here.

Éist le agallamh fé'n leabhar seo a craoladh ar Raidió na Gaeltachta
an cóip, maille postas.
per copy, plus postage.
"B’fhéidir go mbreathnaíonn sé dána, dínáireach fiú, an teideal “Áit Bhreithe na Poblachta” a thabhairt ar shráid sách beag i mBaile Átha Cliath. Ach duine ar bith a léann cuntas Ray Bateson ar Shráid Uí Mhórdha agus an pháirt lárnach a bhí aige in Éirí Amach 1916 ní fhéadfadh sé ach a chreidiúint go bhfuil ní hamháin an teideal cóir, ach gur cheart do Shráid Uí Mhórdha á háit cheart thábhachtach a ghlacadh sa stair, go háirithe nuair a bhíonn Éirí Amach 1916 á phle".
  Sin a scríobh Cmhrlr. Nial Ring ina Réamhrá do'n leabhar sainiúil seo a sheol Árd Mhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha ina theach íocónach féin ar 11u Nollaig.
  Léigh tuille anseo agus/nó ceannaigh an leabhar (ar €12.50 an cóip) anseo.
Éist le foilsitheor Mícheál Ó Doibhilín ag labhairt faoi an leabhar seo agus an scéal taobh thiar de'n leabhar seo ar an clár raidió "An Chearta" a craoladh ar Raidio na Gaeltachta anseo. Craoladh seo ar Domhnach 14 Eanáir 2018.

Sé An Cheárta clár ealaíona seachtainiúil RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, léirithe agus láithrithe ag Cearbhall Ó Síocháin. Domhnach 1.15in.

An Cheárta is RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta's weekly arts programme, produced and presented by Cearbhall Ó Síocháin. Sunday 1.15pm.

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To commemorate the life of Anne Devlin, one of our greatest heroes and first female political prisoner, Cuimhní Anne Devlin commissioned this beautiful plaque from Artist Joram (“Jerome”) Drori and cast by him in his workshop and bronze finished in a limited edition of just 71 - one for each year of her life.

Now you can be the proud owner of this limited edition tribute to a great Irish patriot. Click here for further details.

Wonderful Commemoration 2017
This year's commemoration of Anne Devlin was a huge success. 

Our biggest crowd to date (with many new and old friends), a great guest speaker, a terrific new song, a guard of honour of pikemen, coupled with incredibly good weather - all combined to ensure that a wonderful lady and Irish hero was remembered as she should be.

Our thanks go first to the priests of St. Catherine's Church in Meath Street for facilitating us in the initial part of our ceremonies.

A big thanks must go to Glasnevin Cemetery and the staff there for facilitating us so willingly and well. 
Historian and author Helen Litton was the Guest Speaker and spoke well and a length of Anne before laying the Commemorative Wreath on her grace.

Frank Callery sang the song he had composed specially for Anne, and received rapturous applause before also laying a wreath. 

Cuimhní Anne Devlin Secretary Liz Gillis laid a wreath from the Society, Society Chairperson Mícheál 
Ó Doibhilín also paid tribute to Anne and chaired the proceedings. 

Light refreshments in the Cafe allowed us to chat and get to know one another afterwards.

To view the photos of this great day click here:

On September 18, 166 years ago, Anne Devlin was buried, after 48 years’ struggle against the mightiest empire in the world. 

She died proud but in agony, starving, in a garret flat devoid of possessions long ago sold to the pawn shop, angry, alone
… and forgotten.

because she had been abandoned by those she was protecting, those involved in Robert Emmet’s failed 1803 Rebellion.

because she was widowed, ill, unable to work and unsupported by the so-called Republicans she protected.

In agony,
because she was still suffering – after 45 years – the effects of her time as a “guest of the nation” in Kilmainham Gaol, and the evil attention of Dr. Edward Trevor.

because the Administration deemed her so dangerous a policeman followed her everywhere, every day of her life, from the day she was released from prison so that she could not collude with anyone, and those who might speak to her were marked as ‘Trouble’ and interrogated.

because only she was brave enough to resist the British Empire and refuse its bribes and ignore its tortures.

because she spent her last money honouring her faithful husband by buying him a grave in Glasnevin and, unable to work due to rheumatism and erysipelas, she had pawned every stick of furniture, every rag, for a few crumbs of bread.

because no-one wanted to be seen to be associated with her.

because she stood, alone, against the British administration and preserved the spinal chord of Irish Nationalism through the Young Irelanders, the Fenians, up to the men and women of 1916 and beyond, and the ultimate overthrow of the invader on the bulk of this island.

Anne was buried in a pauper’s coffin in an unmarked grave in Glasnevin. Eventually, the historian RR Madden raised a headstone and unwittingly committed the final insult when he described Anne Devlin as Robert Emmet’s “faithful servant”, which she was not. No, she was Emmet’s co-conspirator and the proud bearer of his ideals until her death. She was Ireland’s first female prisoner … and today has been forgotten by almost everyone.

On Sunday, September 24th, we marked her life as we have done for the previous 12 years, first at 12 noon mass in St. Catherine’s Church, Meath Street (where she was married and her children were baptised) and then, at 3.00 pm, at her graveside in Glasnevin, where many joined with us to remember and honour one of our greatest.

Available In:
Hodges Figgis,
Dawson St.,
Dublin 2:
Books Upstairs,
17 D'Olier St, Dublin 2;
Books.ie at
or any good bookshop. If they don't have it ask them to order it in.
We launched "MAY 25 - burning of the Custom House 1921" on June 21, in the Irish Labour History Society, Beggars' Bush to a full house.

Éamon Ó'Cuív was the guest speaker, Mícheál Ó Doibhilín the MC, and Liz Gillis the guest of honour!

It was a swelteringly hot evening, which ensured that the water, mineral water and chilled white wine were all firm fvourites with the attendees.

It was great to see so many familiar faces - but also so many new ones present. 

Rather than give a full account of the night it is simpler to link to Pól Ó Duibhir's blog here where he reports on the night - and reviews the book. 

Pól and James Langton both photographed the event and we reproduce Pól Ó Duibhir's photos below. James Langton's are here. As will be seen by these there was much one-to-one discussion between the attendees and the speakers.

One unusual feature was an extra version of the book - in cake! Created by Aisling Whelan of Icing on the Cake by Aisling Whelan, this was possibly the first time when an author had to eat her words at her own book launch! The cake was as popular as the book, and all agreed it was as good.

We are grateful to all who attended on such a warm evening, but especially to our Guest Speaker Éamon Ó Cuív who spoke so passionately about the book and the events in it.

We are proud to have added this book - and author - to our collection. Liz Gillis, of course, has six previous best-selling history books to her credit, and has worked for over eight years with publisher Mícheál Ó Doibhilín to bring this book to fruition.
Liz Gillis has written the first comprehensive history of perhaps the most important event in the irish War of Independence - the burning of the Custom House.

This account puts the attack in context and explains in great detail the events of the day and its aftermath.

This book is unique inasmuch as it tackles a subject which many have claimed to have been a disastrous failure. Liz explains the objectives, the context, the planning and the consequences in detail.

The book is now available to buy direct from us here.

Now available in major bookshops, including:

Hodges Figgis in Dawson Street, Dublin
is the first to stock this great book - and even have some signed copies so, don't delay and get yours quick!

Books Upstairs, D'Olier Street is quick to follow suit.

Alan Hanna, Rathmines is the latest to stock our complete range.

If you can't get to any of these stockists, check with your local bookseller - if they don't have what you want ask them to order it in. Available from either their regular suppliers or from us here.

Books.ie stock this online at 


'Burning of the Custom House' commemorative badge
A special badge has been produced to commemorate the burning of the Custom House on May 25, 1921.

Retailing at only €5 (plus p&p) it is available here

On May 25, 1921 the IRA launched one of its largest and most audacious operations when it attacked Dublin’s Custom House, the heart of the British administration in Ireland.

Many still view this as a military failure that destroyed the IRA’s Second Battalion in Dublin but, over the last number of years, this view has grown to be challenged.

Now it can be argued that the operation was, in fact, a success which probably helped bring about a truce and the subsequent Treaty negotiations.

Liz Gillis (historian and author of six books on Ireland’s early 20th century revolutionary period) and Mícheál Ó Doibhilín (author of four books and publisher of books on Irish history) organised a full-day a conference in the Custom House, Dublin on the burning of the Custom House, Dublin, 1921, on Saturday, May 27 2017.

This attack was a pivotal moment in the War of Independence and, less than seven weeks later, a truce was arranged between both sides as England called for peace talks.
Speakers including historians Seán Hogan (author), Las Fallon (two books), Paul O'Brien (eight books), Liz Gillis and Mícheál Ó Doibhilín presented the results of their research into the attack and its consequences.

Topics included the attack itself, the role of the Fire Brigade, a military analysis of the attack, fire as a weapon in the War of independence, and what it was like to be in the building during the attack.
A panel discussion with the speakers concluded each session. Report here
It is with the deepest regret that we record the untimely death of our friend, historian and author Shane Kenna, following a long and hard battle against cancer bravely fought.
Words cannot describe our loss – not just of one of our best authors – but a best and generous friend too. Shane was that rare creature – a really nice and genuine person who was also an expert in his field.

He wrote two books for Kilmainham Tales and had promised us more. He wrote major books for other publishers. But he was also generous to us with his knowledge on other projects and so helpful always.

It was our great pleasure to work with him in Kilmainham Gaol when he was there and every day in his company was a valuable learning experience to be treasured. Road trips with him were memorable, and to get to listen to him give talks on diverse subjects including Tom Clarke was a privilege we shall sorely miss.

Shane was a giant in the field of History - making his mark with major books on the Fenians etc. But he had so much more to contribute ...
As one tribute online wrote:
"Laoch ar lár" - "Warrior down" (we've borrowed this for our title, it is so apt). But, in falling, Shane has joined that great panoply of heroes we rightly revere, heroes who loved our country, heroes who lived for it, heroes who gave their all to immortalise it.

Tá laoch ar lár … ach níl sé caillte”. “A hero has fallen … but he is not lost”, for 
Shane has now entered the pages of that history which he loved so well. But not as some mere footnote - no, he will have a chapter all his own, where he will stamp his authority on our past for our future. He will not be forgotten as long as any of us lives, as long as his books exist.

Even when we have all passed on and his books, eventually, may be forgotten, he will still have contributed to the richness and depth of our understanding of who and what we are as a nation and, even if forgotten in name, by clarifying our past, he will have shaped our future.

Shane may not have lived long, but he will live longer and have greater influence than all the rest of us together.

To his mother Olive, his brother John and his fiancée Edel, we can only offer our deepest and sincerest sympathies. We do not envy you your grief, though we share it. We offer our support, and assure you that we will be with you whenever you need us. Your loss is our loss and we suffer with you in your pain. The world .. your world ... our world ... is a poorer place today.

To Shane we say “Slán, a cara, agus míle buíochais. Thank you for all you did and gave. You remain part of us. Rest in peace, brave soldier, your work here is done”.

Ar dheis Dé go rabh Séaghan i measc na naomh go deo
Shane wrote 6 books during his brief lifetime:

For a brief biography visit this page

There are some online videos of Shane. Two of the best are here and here.
The GPO Cumann na mBan nursing contingent in the battlefield, Easter Week, 1916 ... the forgotten heroism of 12 brave Cumann na mBan Women is told in a major new two-part article by Maeve O'Leary, granddaughter of Lucy Smith (Byrne).
The women were:

Aoife de Burca
Elizabeth (Lillie) Burke (McGinty) 
Louise Gavan DuffyLucy Smith
Lucy Smyth (Byrne)
Molly Reynolds
Martha (Birdie) Walsh (Slater)
Margaret McElroy
Mary Josephine (Mary Jo) Walsh (Rafferty)
Margaret Walsh (Jenkins)
Matilda (Tilly) Simpson
Peggy Downey
Stasia Byrne (Toomey)
and you can read the first part of their fascinating story here or  here
We attended the European Premiere of "Death or Liberty" in the Australian Embassy, Dublin, on Friday November 18th. with a capacity audience.
   This feature-length film (80 mins) tells the story of British and Irish political transportees to Australia - their life and after-life.
Between 1793 and 1867 the British Government banished its radicals, dissenters and rebels to harsh prison colonies at the very edge of the known world - Australia.
   Some were to escape and return home as heroes but many stayed in this alien new land ... and made a difference.
   Their stories are full of astonishing acts of bravery and derring-do. Here, in their own words, they tell tales that are at once stirring, heart-wrenching, dark, sometimes funny.

Film Premiere in Dublin and London 
Based on Tony Moore's book of the same name, this film brings to life the forgotten history of these convict rebels, transported in chains but unbowed and unsilenced.
   Death or Liberty features celebrated troubadours Billy Bragg (England), Mick Thomas (Australia) and Lisa O'Neill (Ireland) as well as historians including Thomas Keneally, Dr. Tony Moore and our own Mícheál Ó Doibhilín.
   With an international cast of actors, this film tells a tale long forgotten by all but the few.
   The Irish showing was booked out, with a long waiting list, but for those who can get to London there will be another chance to see this amazing film before it goes on general release at Nash Theatre, King's College, London, (see poster) onTuesday 22nd at  6.15 pm. Admission is FREE but must be booked.
Anne Devlin Annual Commemoration 2016
The Annual Anne Devlin Commemoration was held this year on Sunday September 25th, one week after the 165th Anniversary of her death in 1851.

    The Commemoration followed the usual format, with mass at 12 noon in St. Catherine's Church, Meath Street, Dublin 1, followed by a graveside oration and wreath laying at Anne's grave in Glasnevin Cemetery at 3 pm.
    This year, for the first time, we were granted permission by the Cemetery management to make this a formal occasion, and they actively supported us in this, including the supply of sound equipment for the oration. 

     As this is the 165th anniversary of Anne's death in 1851 (she died on September 18th) we made a special request to as many as possible to attend either or both parts of the ceremony, and were particularly pleased to see a crowded church for the midday mass, and the great round of applause for this brave woman that followed Mícheál Ó Doibhilín's address.

    We were delighted to have, as our first guest speaker at the graveside, Nuala Perry of Belfast's Anne Devlin Society, a society specifically established and named in honour of Anne. Nuala, as part of her address, read a passage from the introduction to "In the Footsteps of Anne" - a book by Republican women ex-prisoners, which noted the influence of Anne's memory on these women, and their admiration for her suffering for a free Ireland. 

    A new group has been established - Cuimhní Anne Devlin - to "remember Anne through Research, Publication, Education and Commemoration" and it is this group that organised the special service for Anne Devlin this year and will do so into the future.
 Cuimhní is Irish for Remember, Consider, Think and Remind and is used to define the purpose of the group - to co-ordinate ongoing research, public talks, publications, research etc. to further consolidate the memory of Anne Devlin as one of Ireland's most important heroes.
    Further details can be obtained on the Cuimhní Anne Devlin Facebook page here and other events will be posted on this page also.
On Thursday September 8th Mícheál Ó Doibhilín gave a talk on Anne Devlin - "The Pawn and the Castle" - in the Presbyterian Church, Lucan at 8.00 pm. The large audience enjoyed the presentation thoroughly, and there was a lively Q&A afterwards.
Mícheál is willing to give this talk to any interested group anywhere. Simply contact us for further information here
Josie McGowan
Mícheál Ó Doibhilín gave an illustrated talk on the brief life of Josie McGowan - one of the forgotten participants in the Easter Rising - on Monday 26 September to a packed audience in Áras Chrónáin, Watery Lane, Clondalkin.
Josie was only 18 when she took part in the Easter Rising, fighting in the Marrowbone lane garrison. But two years later she was dead in tragic circumstances. Yet she was posthumously awarded not just the Easter Rising medal but also the Black and Tan/War of Independence one too. 
Overlooked until Mícheál researched her story, he believes she should be among our most honoured for her dedication and her bravery.
Thug Mícheál Ó Doibhilín léacht léaraithe ar saol gairid Josie McGowan - a ghlach páirt in Éirí Amach na Cásca - in Áras Chrónáin, Watery Lane, Cluain Dolcáin, ar an Luain, 26ú Meán Fómhair, ar a hocht a chlog iarnóin.
Ní raibh ach 18 bliain caite ag Josie nuair ghlach sí pair san Éirí Amach mar chuid de Gharastún Lána Marrowbone. Ach, laistigh de dhá bhliain eile, bhí sí marbh go tragóideach. Ach, má bhí, bronnadh - in éinneacht leis an Bonn 1916 - Bonn Cogadh na nDúbhchrónach uirthí freisin!
Deineadh deamad ar Josie go dtí gur thosaigh Mícheál ag taighdeah a saoil gairid, agus creideann sé gur cóir go mbéadh sí onóirithe inniúde dheasca a tiomnú agus a chrógacht.
In Memoriam
I ndíl chuimhne

Too many friends and family have died since this site was launched. We cannot and will not allow them to be forgotten, so tributes to them all are on a special page here.

Shane Mac Thomais (20/03/2014)

Stanley (Stan) L. Devlin

John Heuston Devlin

Kathleen (Catherine) Price

Máire Eilis Beggs

Ag lorg altanna/
Finding Articles 

On the pages within this site are articles relating to the history of Kilmainham Gaol and its environs. However, due to the increasing number of articles we are carrying, not all are shown in the drop-down menus above.

To access an article first click on a section head above to go to the main page for that section. There you can select your interest from the drop-down menu or links to the articles which will be found on the page you land on.

Siege of the Four Courts 

talk now online

Liz Gillis (author of "The Fall of Dublin" and "Revolution in Dublin" - Mercier Press), and a contributor to this site, on Saturday March 29, gave a lecture on The Siege of the Four Courts 1922 to the Stoneybatter & Smithfield People's History Project

This was a bravura performance as Liz clearly demonstrated her deep knowledge and understanding of the events that started the Irish Civil War, not just during her talk but in her answers to the searching questions from the floor. 

To see and hear this talk in full, go here or to watch it on YouTube go here

For more on this talk see the Project's Facebook page here 

Female Transportation
to Australia - remembering Bridget Murray

25,600 females were transported to Australia from the so-called British Isles (Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales) from 1788 to 1853 for crimes as petty as 'stealing 12 potatoes". Almost half of these were Irish.  (More)

Some, of course, had committed graver crimes, and one such transported was Bridget Murray of East Clare, a poor, illiterate servant-girl who, beguiled by her lord and master, bore him a daughter in 1841. (More)


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This website is intended to be an online window for our books, but it is hoped it will grow to be more than that. We will carry news items relating to Kilmainham Gaol, the surrounding area and other areas that are of interest to the Gaol and its history. Here, too, you will find information on all our authors and their activities, for instance, as well as reviews of books by other writers and publishers.

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Kilmainham Tales Teo. is not in competition with any other publisher. We wish to work in harmony with all and will gladly review fairly any relevant book we are given for review. The Irish history scene - especially the early 20th Century - is particularly blessed with many excellent publishers and historians, and we read and consult most of their books in the course of our own work. If any publisher wishes us to review a book, just send us a copy here

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Dóibh siúd le Gaeilge, is oth linn a rá go bhfuil ár gcuid foilseacháin ar fad as Béarla go nuige seo.

Dá mbéadh éinne ag iarraigh scéal a fheilfeadh do'n tsraith a scríobh as Gaeilge, bhéadh fíor-fáilte dó san in ár oifig, agus gach seans go mbeimíd sásta é a fhoilsiú dá mbéadh sé de'n caighdeán ceart. Mar sin, bígí ag scríobh.

Ar ndóigh, cuirfear fáilte roimh gnáth comh-freagras as Gaeilge freisin.

We hope you enjoy our books and the information on this site, and will come back to us again ... and again. Recidivists are welcome here!

Mícheál Ó Doibhilín

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