Jovial presenter Rory McGrath and biker/archaeologist Paul Blinkhorn root around beneath some of the country's oldest boozers to reveal hundreds of years of British history. Pubs are where some of the juiciest bits of our island story happened, so even though they occasionally get distracted by the temptations of the bar, they turn up some truly remarkable finds.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Rory McGrath's Pub Dig - Timeline of the Irish Civil War - Netflix
This is a timeline of the Irish Civil War, which took place between June 1922 and May 1923. It followed the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921), and accompanied the establishment of the Irish Free State as an entity independent from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The conflict was waged between two opposing groups of Irish nationalists: the forces of the new Irish Free State, who supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty under which the state was established, and the republican opposition, for whom the Treaty represented a betrayal of the Irish Republic. The government of the Irish Free State (established as a provisional government in January 1922 and as a full government in December 1922) was ultimately victorious. The anti-Treaty forces called a ceasefire in April 1923 and ordered their men to “dump arms” in May 1923. The war involved both conventional warfare (late June–August 1922) when the Free State forces took the major towns and cities, and then a longer period of guerrilla warfare (September 1922–April 1923) as the anti-Treaty forces were gradually brought to a standstill.
Rory McGrath's Pub Dig - May 1923 - Netflix
Early May – 12,000 Republicans have been interned by Free State up to this point. First week of May – A major Free State sweep in County Cork takes the last rural areas held by the republicans in the county at Ballyvourney and Ballymakeera. Historian Peter Hart puts the casualties for the civil war in the county at 180 killed and 295 wounded. Of the dead, 70 are National Army, 51 are Anti-Treaty IRA, 28 are civilians and the status of 30 is undetermined. 2 May – Two Republican prisoners are executed in Ennis, County Clare. 5 May – A civilian Michael Reynolds is shot dead by anti-Treaty republicans in Leitrim, who were looking for his son, an ex RIC officer. Republicans blow up the Grand Central Cinema in Dublin. 6 May – A National Army sergeant is shot dead while on sentry duty. 14 May – Joint meeting of the Republican Government and IRA Army Executive instructs Aiken to end the war. 15 May – Anti-Treaty IRA column surrounded at Valleymount, County Wicklow. Its leader, Ned Plunkett, is killed and the rest surrender. 24 May – Frank Aiken orders the Anti-Treaty fighters to “dump their arms” and return home. Éamon de Valera supports the order, issuing a statement to Anti-Treaty fighters; “Further sacrifice on your part would now be in vain and the continuance of the struggle in arms unwise in the national interest. Military victory must be allowed to rest for the moment with those who have destroyed the Republic”. End of the war.
Rory McGrath's Pub Dig - References - Netflix