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January Lecture & Book Launch Reception

The Life of an Irish Patriot – Ernie O’Malley

"No Surrender Here!' The Civil War Papers of Ernie O'Malley 1922-1924"

In January, the Council hosted a lecture & cocktail reception to mark the U.S. Book Launch of "No Surrender Here!' The Civil War Papers of Ernie O'Malley 1922-1924".

No Surrender Here!' The Civil War Papers of Ernie O'Malley 1922-1924
The book, published in Ireland by Lilliput Press, is an impressive volume by Cormac O'Malley, Ernie O'Malley's son and co-author Anne Dolan. It has an introduction by Professor J.J. Lee of University College Cork.

The Council event was held at The Metropolitan Club in January and included showing clips of part of a then just-released documentary on Ernie O'Malley premiered this year on TG4, the Irish Gaelic-language television channel.

Cormac O'Malley has been a member of this Council for many years. He was born in Dublin and came to New York in 1957 when his father died. After Harvard, the U.S. Navy, Columbia Law School, and ten years' private international law practice, Cormac joined Bristol-Myers Squibb's international law department in 1981 and lived in Brussels, London and New York.

Since 1999, Cormac has been an international legal consultant concentrating on U.S. investments in Ireland. He has also published four of his father's unpublished works. He has been President of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University for five years.

Just over a month after the 1921 truce that ended Ireland's fight with England, Ernie O'Malley found himself in a civil war against many of the men he had once fought with, against those who accepted the new Irish Free State. The book is the first comprehensive collection of letters, memoranda and orders detailing this period of chaos and confusion, intransigence and idealism, which gripped Ireland from June 1922 to May 1923. These documents detail the war as it was fought, without the benefit of hindsight and occasional artistry that marks the memoirs of many of the men involved, not least O'Malley's own carefully-crafted narratives, On Another Man's Wound and The Singing Flame, published decades later.

This collection documents one man's attitude to war and his difficult acceptance of peace, his experience of capture, imprisonment, hunger strike and finally release.

In the letters included in 'No Surrender Here!' the voices of the leadership and the rank & file are captured faithfully: the detached and often inappropriate orders from above, and the confusion of men who, in some cases without boots on their feet, know that theirs is a hopeless cause. Letters to friends and family also reveal the more personal costs of war.

After the Civil War in Ireland, Ernie O'Malley spent quite some time in the United States, first in New York and later in Taos, New Mexico where he enjoyed a coterie of friends that included Georgia O'Keeffe and Ernest Hemingway among others.



Bill Manning with D.J. Carey and Maureen & George Lawrence.
Bill Manning with D.J. Carey and Maureen & George Lawrence.
Council Treasurer Kieran Claffey enjoyed the occasion with Council Membership Committee chairman, Niall Millar with Princeton’s own Jack McCarthy.
Council Treasurer Kieran Claffey enjoyed the occasion with Council Membership Committee chairman, Niall Millar with Princeton’s own Jack McCarthy.


The O’Malley clan was well-represented – Cormac’s wife and son – Moira and Conor were also there.
The O’Malley clan was well-represented – Cormac’s wife and son – Moira and Conor were also there.
Council members all: Colleen Molter, Maralyn Dolan and Andrea Mills.
Council members all: Colleen Molter, Maralyn Dolan and Andrea Mills.


The popular former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Honorary Council Director, Ambassador Walter J.P. Curley also attended.
The popular former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Honorary Council Director, Ambassador Walter J.P. Curley also attended.
Gerry Kiernan of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Merrill Lynch’s Joseph Corcoran & longtime Council member Steve McFadden.
Gerry Kiernan of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Merrill Lynch’s Joseph Corcoran & longtime Council member Steve McFadden.



Council member Joseph Smith, with GOAL USA’s Angela Dean and Michael Brewster from Lehman Brothers.
Barbara Kane O’Neill and soprano singing sensation, Odette Woods, enjoyed the gathering.
Barbara Kane O’Neill and soprano singing sensation, Odette Woods, enjoyed the gathering.


Council member Joe Malone has his copy of the book signed by the author.
Council member Joe Malone has his copy of the book signed by the author.


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