On Sunday 20 August 2017 Glasnevin Trust hosted the annual Collins-Griffith commemoration, marking the deaths of both Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins in August 1922. Each year, in mid-August, the Collins-Griffith Commemoration Society organises the ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery to commemorate the lives and legacies of two of the chief architects of the Irish Free State.…

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From Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July the inaugural West Cork History Festival will take place in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. The festival programme spanned a diverse set of places, historical subjects and periods, from the local to the international, but had a particular focus on the events of the Irish revolutionary period, especially in in West…

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On Thursday 27 July a History Ireland Hedge School debate took place in Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin 8, entitled ‘”Poet of the the blackbirds”: the life and death of Francis Ledwidge’. Ledwidge (1887-1917) was from near Slane, Co. Meath; he was the eighth of nine children who left school at 13 to work as a labourer, and…

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On Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 July 2017, Trinity College Dublin hosted ‘The Irish Convention, 1917-1918: A centenary symposium’. In the wake of the Easter Rising, and after other failed attempts to find a compromise, Prime Minister Lloyd George summoned a gathering of representative Irishmen to a convention to establish a basis for a settlement of…

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On Wednesday 12 July 2017 the National Library of Ireland hosted an event entitled ‘”He shall not hear the Bittern cry”: The short life and enduring renown of Francis Ledwidge’. This event, featuring poet, playwright and novelist Dermot Bolger,  celebrated the life and works of Francis Ledwidge and to mark the centenary of his death. The evening…

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On Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July 2017 Maynooth University hosted an international conference on ‘Southern Irish loyalism in context’. This two-day event brought together scholars interested in Irish loyalism before, during, and after the Irish Revolution (c. 1913–23). Independence for twenty-six counties and partition formalised an already clear separation between Irish loyalists on either…

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On Saturday 8 July 2017 the Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland conducted its annual commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge, Dublin 8. This annual event is arranged and led by the Royal British Legion-Republic of Ireland with the co-operation and assistance of the Irish State, and commemorates those who…

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