Podcast: Laurence Ginnell–Part 2: from Ireland to America

Laurence Ginnell at his desk in Chicago, circa 1920 (George Grantham Bain Collection, United States Library of Congress)

In the latest edition of our podcast series, Historian in Residence Ian Kenneally speaks with Dr Paul Hughes in the second of two episodes devoted to the remarkable political career of Westmeath’s Laurence Ginnell. The second episode covers the period 1918-1923. During 1920 and 1921, Ginnell was a Dáil Éireann representative in the USA and Argentina. He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1921.

This episode (and earlier editions) can also be found on anchor.fm/wcchistorian

More information on Ginnell’s career, as well as that of his wife, Alice King, can be found on Westmeath County Council’s Decade of Centenaries blog.

This episode’s guest, Dr Paul Hughes, is a Mullingar-based journalist who holds a PhD in History from Queen’s University, Belfast (2018). His doctoral thesis explored the Irish republican activism of Laurence Ginnell (1852-1923). From March to July 2021, he held the post of Westmeath County Council’s Decade of Centenaries Historian in Residence. He works as sports editor with the Westmeath Examiner and contributes regular history columns to the newspaper.

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 24/01/2022