16-19 August 2018: West Cork History Festival

The second West Cork History Festival took place from Thursday 16 August and Sunday 19 August in the grounds of Rosebank House, Skibbereen, Co. Cork. The festival covered a wide range of topics in time and space, with the centenary of the events of 1918 being a major theme. Speakers included John Horne (TCD), Robert…

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12-16 August 2018: Parnell Summer School, Co. Wicklow

From 12-16 August 2018 the 2018 Parnell Summer School took place at Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, on the theme of ‘Democracy triumphant?’ On 14 December 1918, Irish voters went to the polls in the first post-war general election across the United Kingdom. Amidst the aftermath of the war and the legacy of the Easter…

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24-25 May 2018: ‘Partitions and borders: a comparative and interdisciplinary conference’, UCD, Dublin 4

On Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May 2018, a two-day international conference was held in University College Dublin, Ireland, examining comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to partition and border studies. 2020 marks the centenary of the 1920 Government of Ireland Act which legislated for a two-state solution to the Irish question. Nationally, this conference prefaced this…

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12 May 2018: ‘New approaches to Irish revolutionary history’, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2

On Saturday 12 May Trinity College Dublin hosted a one-day seminar entitled ‘New approaches to Irish revolutionary history’, marking the fortieth anniversary of the publication of David Fitzpatrick’s Politics and Irish life: Provincial experience of war and revolution, 1913-21. Fitzpatrick’s book was a study of Co. Clare, and proved enormously influential in exploring the social…

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9 May 2018: Public consultation on Decade of Centenaries, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Kildare County Council hosted an open meeting on Wednesday 9 May Kildare County Council on the Ireland 2018-2023 centenary programme from 7.30pm. to 9.30pm in the Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The council hoped to hear from from local groups, organisations and individuals who may be interested in participating in the continued development and delivery of Kildare…

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18 April 2018: ‘Anti-conscription campaign: 100 years on’, Mansion House, Dublin 2

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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5 April 2018: Book launch: ‘War and revolution in the west of Ireland: Galway 1913-1922’, Mechanics Institute, Galway

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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14 March 2018: History Ireland Hedge School: ‘John Redmond: his life and legacy’, Custume Barracks, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

On Wednesday 14 March 2018 a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate took place in Custume Barracks, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, on the subject of ‘John Redmond: his life and legacy’. 6 March 2018 marked the centenary of the death of John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, which had dominated party political life since the…

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