On Friday 27 April 2018, as part of CAFE Readers’ and Writers’ Festival, Cobh Library, Co. Cork, hosted a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate entitled ‘Greatest killer of the 20th century? The flu pandemic of 1918-19’. The twentieth century was the century of mass death and yet, contrary to popular misconception, the greatest killer of all…

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On Wednesday 25 April 2018 King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, hosted the ‘Vótáil 100: Roscommon Commemorative Lecture Programme’. This one-day event, organised by Roscommon County Council as part of the Vótáil 100 initiative, saw a range of speakers address the centenary of the achievement of  female suffrage and its implications. Topics for discussion included the…

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On Tuesday 24 April Dublin City Library and Archive presented the fourth and final lecture in their Spring 2018 series of lunchtime lectures, entitled ‘”Doing their bit”: Irish women and the First World War’. The series will explore different aspects of Irish women’s experiences throughout the First World War, from anti-enlistment activism to working in…

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On Monday 23 April 2018 a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate took place in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, on the subject of ‘The cause of Labour? The 1918 general strike against conscription. On 23 April 1918 the Irish Trade Union Congress, and the ITGWU in particular, called a one day general strike against the imposition of…

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On Wednesday 18 April 2018 Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, hosted the launch of a new exhibition entitled ‘”On active service”‘: Maynooth College, chaplains and the anti-conscription crisis’. Ireland’s national Roman Catholic seminary at Maynooth experienced a profound transformative period from the summer of 1916 until the winter of 1918. In 1917 the College publically supported the recruitment…

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On Wednesday 18 April, 2018 Dublin City Council hosted a one-day conference to mark the Mansion House Conference against conscription which was convened and chaired by Lord Mayor Laurence O’Neill on 18 April 1918 at Dublin’s Mansion House. Conscription into the British armed forces had not been extended to Ireland during the First World War, and Irish nationalist…

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On Tuesday 17 April Dublin City Library and Archive presented the third in their new series of lunchtime lectures, entitled ‘”Doing their bit”: Irish women and the First World War’. The series will explore different aspects of Irish women’s experiences throughout the First World War, from anti-enlistment activism to working in munition factories and war-time…

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On Tuesday 10 April Dublin City Library and Archive presented the second in their new series of lunchtime lectures, entitled ‘”Doing their bit”: Irish women and the First World War’. The series will explore different aspects of Irish women’s experiences throughout the First World War, from anti-enlistment activism to working in munition factories and war-time…

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On Thursday 5 April the launch took place in Galway of Conor McNamara’s War and revolution in the west of Ireland: Galway 1913-1922. The book explores the history of the entire revolutionary period in Connaght, with particular focus on  County Galway. The period 1913-22 witnessed extraordinary upheaval in Irish society. The Easter Rising of 1916 facilitated the emergence…

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