Thursday 14 November 2013

Irish Civil War Conference in Athlone, 23 November

A major public conference has been organised by the Old Athlone Society and sponsored by the European commission to discuss the history, meaning and legacies of the Irish Civil War.

Sponsored by the European Commission, the event has attracted speakers from Universities in Ireland, the UK and Canada, and will be held on Saturday 23 November at Custome Barracks, Athlone from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

The army will display many examples of military hardware both from the Civil War period and modern times.

The programme is as follows:
09:00 : Registration
09:30 : Welcome by Dr John Keane, President, The Old Athlone Society.
09:40 : Keynote Address. ‘Irish history wars’: fighting Ireland's civil wars by other means?,
with Dr John M Regan.
10:30 : Politics after the revolution: loyalties, allegiances and the new state,
with Dr John Burke.
11:10 : Tea/Coffee
11:40 : The Irish Civil War –the conventional warfare phase, with Dr John Borgonovo.
12:20 : The Catholic Church and the Irish Civil War, with Dr Patrick Murray.
13:00 : Lunch
14:00 : Civil wars and their legacies in Europe 1917-2011: the uniqueness (or not) of the Irish
experience 1922-1923? with Dr Bill Kissane.
14:40 : 14:40-15:20: Aspects of the Civil War in the Midlands, with Ian Kenneally.
15:20 : Tea/Coffee
15:40 : Women, internment and the Civil War, with Dr Ann Matthews.
16:20 : Echoes of conflict: oral history, ‘post memory’ and the meaning of the Irish Civil War,
with Dr Gavin Foster.
17:00 : General discussion and close of conference, with Dr Pat McCarthy of the Military
History Society of Ireland.
19:00 : Conference dinner – Prince of Wales Hotel.

Tickets: €45 per person, includes conference pack, tea/coffee and light lunch. The conference dinner costs €30 extra. Booking.

For more information on the event contact the President of the Society, Dr John Keane by email.