Stories of the Revolution with Flor McCarthy

TV presenter Flor MacCarthy hosts this illustrated talk showcasing stories collected, written, and illustrated by more than 800 children from schools around  West Cork. Inspired by the 1937 schools folklore programme, the children interviewed elders in their families, neighbourhood and wider community about the revolutionary era. You will be captivated by Flor’s presentation of true stories relayed by children about how,

  • The IRA used children to transport messages and guns.
  • The Black and Tans demanded food from great grandmothers held at gunpoint who feared for their lives.
  • A great, great grandfather in the Free State Army whose wife, an IRA supporter wouldn’t let him into the house without taking his uniform off first.

Flor McCarthy is a journalist and author. Her bestselling book, The Presidents’ Letters, was shortlisted for best Irish-Published Book 2021. She presents political debates on Oireachtas TV from Leinster House and the European Parliament and is a former news reporter and television presenter with RTÉ. Flor contributes to a variety of arts and history programmes and has presented at several events for the Decade of Centenaries.

This event is part of the Clare Decade of Centenaries programme supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Venue: Ennistymon Library (11am – 12pm)
Venue: de Valera Library, Ennis (2pm – 3pm)
Cost: Free – please book by calling Ennistymon Library on (065) 707 1245 or De Valera Library on (065) 684 6353.

  • Date : 28 February 2023
  • Time : 11:00 am (UTC)