This conference explores the physical and psychological effects of war and conflict, at home and abroad, on the Irish population in 1919.
Saturday, 9th November, 9.30am – 5pm in the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Benburb Street
This conference is focused on life in Ireland in 1919, and coincides with the opening of the exhibition Irish Wars at the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks in December 2019. In particular, it aims to explore the effects that the impact of war – occurring at home and abroad – had on the Irish population; both for those who fought, and those soon engulfed by conflict as Irish soldiers returned from the battlefields in Belgium and France, and the Irish War of Independence slowly began.
It aims to ask questions about how the psychological damage suffered by soldiers, as a result of the War, was perceived and how they were cared for after World War One.
It also aims to explore what effect both the end of World War One, and also the War of Independence, had on businesses and employment in Ireland.
Finally, the legacy of the trauma experienced by both men and women relating to both conflicts shall be examined.
Featuring a broad range of speakers, this conference will explore the experiences of Irish soldiers coming home to a politically changed Ireland, the physiological and psychological trauma suffered by individuals as a result of conflict, and how this has been remembered.
Participants will include: Dr. Brendan Kelly (Professor of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin), Ronan McGreevy (Journalist, Author), and Dr. Louise Ryan (Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield), and shall conclude with a short performance from ANU Productions and CoisCéim Dance Theatre.