Peelers And Sheep

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Prairie Fire

Season 1, Ep. 2

This episode looks at the West of Ireland agrarian movement of the spring and early summer of 1920. That year saw a widespread popular mobilisation known as the cattle drives - crowds assembling to drive cattle and sheep off disputed land.


This movement was a major factor underpinning the land reform policies of the new Irish Free State - policies which lead to almost 20% of farmland being re-distributed. The episode takes in the story of the movement itself, as well as the social structure which it arose in reaction to.


Also examined is the response of the republican leadership, who put considerable effort into putting an end to the agrarian movement.