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2-Hour Irish Revolution Walking Tour 1913-1923
  • 2-Hour Irish Revolution Walking Tour 1913-1923

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2-Hour Irish Revolution Walking Tour 1913-1923

Irish freedom was born in the flames of rebellion 100 years ago. Dublin was center stage throughout the period, from the Home Rule crisis, to the 1913 Lockout, the Easter rising of 1916, the War of Independence, and the terror of the Civil War.

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  • Walk in the steps of the men and women of 1916 as you visit key sites of the Easter Rising: the GPO, Arbour Hill and the Garden of Remembrance
  • Enter Kilmainham Gaol Museum, the oldest prison in Ireland, where the leaders of the revolutionary years were incarcerated and shot
  • Visit the National Museum of Ireland's Irish Revolution exhibit
  • Meet the men and women who fought a guerrilla war in the streets of Dublin and brought an Empire to its knees
  • Receive a pack of photos and maps that will help you understand this complicated and tragic period in Irish history


This tour will chart the revolutionary period of 1913-1923, a decade of division, war and rhetoric that created the independent Irish state and partitioned the island of Ireland. In 1913, Ireland was a constituent part of the United Kingdom, and at the heart of the world's largest and most powerful empire. By 1923, an independent Irish Free State had emerged from the shadow of Civil War. The tour begins in the heart of Trinity College Dublin,  founded in 1592A.D. by Queen Elisabeth I. Continue outside of Liberty Hall, where the rebellion of 1916 began at 12 noon on 24th April, as the involvement of the labour movement under James Connolly is discussed.  After a brief stop at Abbey theatre to discuss the cultural context of the Gaelic Revival and W.B. Yeats, arrive in front of the General Post Office, the headquarters of the Easter Rising.  Travelling across the city, make brief stops at Ha’Penny Bridge and the site of the founding of the Republican movement in 1791, Eagle Tavern, before arriving at Dublin City Hall. Then, in the central grounds of Dublin Castle, discuss in detail how Michael Collins waged a counterintelligence campaign against the Special Branch of the Royal Irish Constabulary and British Military Intelligence.  Your next stop is by the river Liffey, the Four Courts. The most tragic event in modern Irish history is in many ways the Irish Civil War (1922-23). The republican movement that had been so successful split over the issue of the Treaty and in March 1922 an Army Council was formed by the remains of the IRA and claimed to be the true government of the country, while Michael Collins formed a new Irish Free State Army. The two sides eventually came to blows in July 1922, starting a 11 month long civil war that devastated the country, killing 4,000 people. Your last stop will be the National Museum of Ireland and Arbour Hill cemetery, the last resting place of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. In 2016 the Irish nation as a whole commemorated the 1916 Rising as the pivotal event in the founding of the Irish Republic, following in that tradition, this tour will chart the triumph, terror and tragedy of this key period in Irish history. As a final courtesy your guide will provide you with tickets to Kilmainham Gaol Museum (when available) and walk you to this hallowed site in Irish history.


A guided tour of the inner-city by a postgraduate in Irish History
Tickets to Kilmainham Gaol Museum and the National Museum of Ireland
A pack of photos and maps of the revolutionary period

Important Information

  • Remember to bring an umbrella
  • Please note, Kilmainham Gaol Museum is a very popular attraction so tickets are not always available for last minute bookings

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