Public Lecture: The Cork Spy Files

Wednesday October 5, 2016 – 6pm

Reconsidering the Rising: Free Public Lectures


On Wednesday, 5 October, University College Cork will host a public lecture by Dr Andy Bielenberg on, ‘The Cork Spy Files: Revisiting suspected spies and informers killed in County Cork during the Irish War of Independence.’  




The lecture will be held in the Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Geology and Geography Building, UCC (beside the Honan Chapel) at 6pm.  The killing of suspected civilian informers remains a highly controversial aspect of the Irish independence struggle.  


Dr Bielenberg of the School of History and Professor Emeritus Dr James S Donnelly Jr of the University of Wisconsin have recently created brief case files for each of the 78 civilians executed by the IRA in County Cork from 1919 to 1921.  Their digital historical research project is now available on the website


During his lecture Dr Bielenberg will discuss the timing and geography of these killings, illuminating the complexities of this shadowy secret war.  He will also explain some of the contradictions and limitations of evidence that still mystify historians nearly a century later.  This lecture is free and open to the public.

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