On Saturday 25 November 2017 the Western Front Association (Dublin) hosted a one day conference on the First World War in  the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. Speakers included Gary Sheffield (Wolverhampton), Ronan McGreevy (Irish Times) and Col. Brendan O’Shea. The full programme is available here. Learn…

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On Saturday 18 November 2017 Universities Ireland, the network of university presidents and vice-chancellors on the island of Ireland, sponsored the sixth in a series of conferences to commemorate the centenary of key events in the history of modern Ireland ranging from the Ulster Covenant, through the First World War and the 1916 Rising, to…

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On Saturday 11 November 2017 a new exhibition opened in the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, entitled Aftermath: The war landscapes of William Orpen. The Irish painter William Orpen (1878-1931) went to France as an official war artist, serving with the British Army.  Compelled to record what he saw, Orpen’s images show a mutilated…

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On Tuesday 14 November 2017 the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St, Dublin 2, hosted a lecture by Angus Mitchell entitled ‘”The horror! The horror!” Joseph Conrad, Roger Casement and history’s heart of darkness’. Poland’s greatest writer in the English language, Joseph Conrad, and Ireland’s multidimensional revolutionary, Roger Casement, shared a humble dwelling in Matadi, on the lower…

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On Saturday 11 November 2017 the the National Library of Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland presented ‘A broken tree’, a seminar and concert celebrating the life and work of Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917). A native of Slane, Ledwidge was the son of a farm labourer and, having left school at the age of 13, worked in a number…

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On Friday 10 November 2017 St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road, Dublin 4 hosted a commemorative performance by Lassus, Dublin Choral Foundation’s flagship professional choir, entitled ‘Remember the Brave’. This blended together music, poetry and readings to commemorate those who died in the Great War, particularly those from St Mary’s Parish whose names are listed on the…

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From 3 November to 10 December 2017 Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin, hosted an exhibition by the Irish Jesuit Archives, entitled ‘Jesuits Chaplains and Rathfarnham Castle in the First World War’. This exhibition tells the story of the Jesuits chaplains and Rathfarnham Castle in the First World War.  In 1913, the Jesuits purchased Rathfarnham Castle. During the war, it housed Jesuits who were…

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From Saturday 14 October to Sunday 3 December 2017 the Ulster Museum, Belfast, hosted Poppies: Weeping window by internationally acclaimed artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper under the auspices of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. The installation was at the Ulster Museum from 14 October to 3 December 2017, following a joint…

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