The impact on those who were involved in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War and the impact on their families and descendants.

The Aftermath

The War Of Independence and The Irish Civil War cast a long shadow on Irish society. This film sets out to explore the impact of both the War Of Independence and the Irish Civil War on those who were involved. The project will interview descendants of families involved and local historians will analyse and give context to what happened. This will combine relevant photographs from the period, and evocative imagery of Waterford to help the viewer understand this difficult part of our history.

Some of the themes to be explored include the following. What were the direct and indirect impacts on people in the years following the wars. Was the experience of men different to that of the women involved? Why did people not talk about what happened? Why do some remember and commemorate what happened while others wish to forget about it? What are the thoughts of people in 2023 looking back over the last 100 years? What is the legacy of the 1920’s in 2023?

Most of the preparation and planning is nearly complete and filming of interviews will commence on the 23rd of August. The structure of the film will follow some original details from the two wars, followed by what happened in 1923 and 1924. It will then examine what happens in the 1920’s and 1930’s. It will also explore the legacy of the period on modern Irish society. It will draw on witness statements, pension applications, diaries and relevant literature.

This project is supported by The Decades Of Centenaries via Waterford City & County Council. It is a difficult and sensitive subject. The aim of the project is to deal with the subject in a sensitive manner and to be inclusive to all. We would like to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in the project or contribute in any way. Email: johnfoley2020@gmail.com

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