For this month’s Booked Off we bring you something different. Many thanks to the Decade of Centenaries and Eoin Swithin Walsh for providing us with this podcast.
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 scupper the Pact plans? Find out in this podcast.
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