The Silent Civil War

This documentary shares the epic, poignant and often challenging testimonies of family members of a number of those who were involved in the Civil War in Ireland between 1922 and 1923.

The series unearths over 30 hours of previously unheard audio recordings of 32 prominent figures involved in those revolutionary years in Ireland.

Recorded by a young American researcher, Harlan J. Strauss, as part of his post-graduate work in 1972, the tapes feature original recordings of Frank Aiken, Dan Breen, Peadar O’Donnell, Máire Comerford, John A. Costello, Ernest Blythe, Seán Dowling among many others.

Those tapes have remained untouched for fifty years until now.

2 x 60'

Production Company

Scratch Films


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