‘Admirals for a Day’:Take-over of the Kildare Street Club by the anti-Treaty Republicans in May 1922

Wednesday 5 May, 7.30pm

Cormac  O’Malley will read an unpublished humorous but historic vignette written in 1935 by his War of Independence father, General Ernie O’Malley, called ‘Admirals for a Day’.
Following the reading, Cormac O’Malley and Charles Lysaght will discuss the takeover of the Kildare Street Club (KSC) by Republican soldiers in May 1922 just before that start of the civil war.  They will then talk about the background of the KSC, what happened in the immediate aftermath of the takeover and how the Free State government reacted to those events including compensation.

 The conversation will be moderated by Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library of Ireland.

Platform: Zoom

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Charles Lysaght, lawyer, biographer and columnist was a member of Kildare Street Club from 1968 when it occupied the premises described in Ernie O'Malley's vignette. In 1976 Kildare Street Club merged with the Dublin University Club and the resulting Kildare Street and University Club is situated on St Stephen's Green. He was a member of the former club and thus continued membership in its successor club.

Cormac K H O'Malley, B.A., J.D., was born in Ireland but at age fourteen joined his family in New York after his father died in Ireland in 1957. After a career in international corporate law, Cormac has been working on the cultural heritage of his parents for many years and has helped publish his father's unpublished writings including military and cultural aspects of his work as well help arrange exhibits of his mother's artistic works.

'Cormac has produced the documentary film 'A Call to Arts' on the artistic journey of his parents, Ernie O'Malley and Helen Hooker in Ireland, 1935-1975, and it will be shown on RTE in 2021

NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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