Gillis, Liz  

The Fall of Dublin


An insightful account of the Civil War in Dublin including the attack on the Four Courts.


Focusing on the people and the decisons they made,The Fall of Dublin examines the attack on the Four Courts and the subsequent fighting in Dublin in June and July 1922 which signalled the beginning of the Irish Civil War.

With the use of new sources the book challenges many of the established views on the fighting in Dublin - the role of the leadership on both sides, the personalities of those involved and even the destruction of the Four Courts. These sources not only shed new light on the conflict itself, but more importantly they are invaluable in telling the stories of the ordinary men and women on both sides of the divide who for many years have been forgotten.

They include memoirs from people on the ground, Military History Bureau witness statements, a complete garrison list of people in The Four Courts, a copy of the army constitution and a copy of the republican proclamation.






Fall of Dublin, launched by Cathal Brugha on 26 May 2011.Recording by Pádraic Óg Ó'Ruairc, author of Battle for Limerick City and Blood on the Banner.





A crowd gathers for The Fall of Dublin book launch. Recording by Pádraic Óg Ó'Ruairc, author of Battle for Limerick City and Blood on the Banner.






Below is an a podcast where Liz Gillis talks to Dr. Shane Kenna, a fellow historian, about the outbreak of the civil war




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ISBN 9781856356800

About the Author

Liz Gillis is from Dublin and worked as a local history researcher in the St. Nicholas of Myra centre from 2004 to 2006, during which time she collaborated on a number of exhibitions relating to the history of Dublin. She now works in Kilmainham Gaol as a tour guide. In 2009 she gave a presentation on the burning of the Custom House in May 1921 at the Military History Society's conference on the War of Independence. She also organises walking tours on the history of the Dublin 8 area.


'She's made good use of some unusual archives and sources...the main body of text is incredibly readable'


'The remarkably non-partisan [book] though short in length, is packed with information, some little known, some surprising, and is highly readable making Liz Gillis a historian worth watching in the future'


'Those who have even a mild interest in Irish history are aware of the reasons for the Irish Civil War that took place from June 1922 until May 1923.The results are still felt to this day in the political sphere, as the dead were buried, the wounds were healed but the scars never fully disappeared from Irish society.  Ireland moved on and rebuilt itself but the blood that was spilt, the betrayal that civil war brought, was more difficult to forget. For people to fully comprehend modern Irish politics, they must understand the civil war, the reasons for its occurrence and the events that stained the new nation.'

- Andrew Haworth, customer, 2011