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The Pact Election


“Supported by the Department of Tourism,  Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.”

Author and Historian Eoin Swithin Walsh in this podcast explains the 'Pact election' of 1922 which saw both pro and anti Treaty candidates contest an election under the Sinn Féin banner.

'The General Election of June 1922, known as the 'Pact Election' - due to a powersharing deal arranged between Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera - is considered one of the most important ever held in Ireland. In the eyes of many, it was seen as a de facto vote on the Treaty. Carlow-Kilkenny was a key battleground constituency, as can be adjudged by the numerous personalities, such as WT Cosgrave, Eamon De Valera, Cathal Brugha and Harry Boland, who all visited in the days before  election day. Six candidates were going for four seats. Would Sinn Fein, both pro and anti-Treaty Treaty have it all their own way, or would the smaller parties of the Labour Party and the Farmers' Party succuper the Pact plans? Find out in this podcast.

 Pact-Election---Kilkenny---June-1922.mp3 (size 29.6 MB)

De Valera on the election trail


W.T. Cosgrave                                               Ned Aylward

WT-Cosgrave                  Ned-Aylward

Cathal Brugha in Mooncoin