On Wednesday 31 May 2017 the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 presented an event based on Tom Burke’s (UCD/Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association) book  Messines to Carrick Hill: Writing home from the Great War. Set against the backdrop of the prelude to Battle of Wijtschate-Messines Ridge on 7 June 1917, the book and the event…

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On Friday 26 May 2017 Trinity College Dublin’s  Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Institute hosted a one-day seminar entitled ‘Gender, citizenship and subjectivity in revolutionary Ireland and Europe, c. 1917-1922’. This was an international, cross-disciplinary symposium examining the manner in which ordinary, non-combatant women narrated their identities during the revolutionary period 1917-1922 in both Ireland and…

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  On Tuesday 23 May the National Library of Ireland hosted a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate entitled ‘Ireland and the US from 1917 to Trump’. The 1916 Rising had cast Ireland’s ‘exiled children in America’ in the role of potential subversives, in league with Imperial Germany. After the war Irish nationalists discovered that President Woodrow Wilson’s…

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On Friday 19 May 2017 Dublin City Library and Archive and The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association presented a seminar titled’Messines Peace Park: Its contribution to Irish / British reconciliation ? ”  The purpose of building the Irish Peace Tower in the form of the ancient Irish round tower in Messines opened by President Mary McAleese…

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On 18 May 2017 Irish Academic Press presented the second launch of County Louth and the Irish Revolution, 1912-1923, edited by Donal Hall and Martin Maguire. This new multi-author local history of the county during the revolutionary period explores the local activism of the IRA, and how revolution was experienced by rural and urban labourers, republicans,…

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From Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May the 2017 Knocklong History Weekend took place in Knocklong, Co. Limerick. The rescue of the Tipperary IRA Volunteer Seán Hogan at Knocklong on 13 May 1919 was a sequel to the Soloheadbeg ambush, generally recognised as the first engagement in the Irish War of Independence. Hogan had participated in…

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On May 2017 Irish Academic Press presented the first launch of County Louth and the Irish Revolution, 1912-1923, edited by Donal Hall and Martin Maguire. This new multi-author local history of the county during the revolutionary period explores the local activism of the IRA, and how revolution was experienced by rural and urban labourers, republicans, the…

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On Monday 8 May the Irish Historical Society presented a lecture by Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick (University of Sydney), entitled ‘Nothing to Celebrate? Commemorating the Russian Revolution’. Prof. Fitzpatrick, formerly of the University of Chicago, is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on Soviet Russia. The lecture took place at 7pm in the Neill…

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