On Tuesday 4 December 2018 a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate was hosted by the National Library of Ireland to tie in with its current exhibition ‘From ballots to bullets: Ireland 1918-1919’. The exhibition covers the turbulent years of 1918 and 1919, a period that witnessed the end of the First World War, the suffragette movement, the global…

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From Thursday 27 September to Saturday 29 September 2018 the thirtieth Douglas Hyde Conference took place in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. The conference was established in 1988 in honour od Douglas Hyde (1860-1949), co-founder of Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League) and first president of Ireland. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘People, places &…

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From September 2018 onwards the National Museum of Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’ programme will focus on the ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic of 1918-19. Traditionally overlooked in the history of the revolutionary period, the impact of the pandemic on Ireland has in recent years, attracted greater attention from historians. The pandemic emerged in the latter months of…

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On 11 September 2018 a new exhibition curated by the National Library of Ireland, ‘From ballots to bullets: Ireland 1918-1919’, was launched at the National Photographic Archive by Senator Ivana Bacik, Chair of the Oireachtas Vótáil100 committee. The exhibition covers the key years 1918-1919, which encompassed the end of the First World War, the first postwar UK election in…

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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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On Wednesday 6 June 2018 Hodges Figgis, 56-58 Dawson St, Dublin 2, hosted the launch of Ida Milne’s Stacking the coffins: Influenza, war and revolution in Ireland, 1918-19 The 1918-19 influenza pandemic disrupted Irish society and politics. Stilling cities and towns as it passed through, it closed schools, courts and libraries, quelled trade, crammed hospitals, and stretched…

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