Irish Military Seminar 2018, Co. Kildare

Post date: May 19, 2018 9:33:4 PM

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Irish Military Seminar 2018

– 8-9 June Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare –

posted 19 May 2018, 22:33

The second Irish Military Seminar takes place 8-9 June at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The full programme of events has been announced:


17.00 – 17.45 pm: The Glen of Imaal Disaster, 1941 – Terence O'Reilly

17.50 pm: Readings from the Leb – Martin Malone

18.35 pm: Reception in foyer of Riverbank Arts Centre

19.00 pm: Opening of the Seminar by Mayor of Co. Kildare, Cllr. Martin Miley

19.15 pm: Book Launch by Col. Desmond Travers (Retd.), Witness to War Crimes by Colm Doyle, with Conor Graham, Merrion Press

20.00 pm: Who Fears to Speak of '22? The politics of Commemoration. The practicalities and challenges of commemoration history; a panel discussion and public forum with historians and the local media.

SATURDAY (Admin Fee €5)

8.45 – 9.15 am: Registration – Tea & Coffee

9.20 – 9.25 am: Welcome

9.30 – 10.15 am: Zulu. The Defence of Rorke's Drift – Dan Harvey

10.20 – 11.05 am: What Did The Women Do Anyway? The Role of Women in the Struggle for Irish Freedom 1918-1923 – Liz Gillis

11.05 – 11.30 am: Tea/Coffee Break

11.35 a.m. – 12.20 pm: Recovering the voices of the Union Irish: The forgotten letters of Ireland’s American Civil War dead – Damian Shiels

12.25 – 13.10 pm: Oliver Cromwell and the conquest of Ireland: His greatest failure? – Professor Micheál Ó Siochrú

13.10 – 14.25 pm: LUNCH (at own expense)

14.30 – 15.15 pm: Granuaile – Grace O’Malley: Ireland's Pirate Queen (1530-1603). The life and times of an iconic pioneer and feminist – Anne Chambers

15.20 – 16.05 pm: The significance of Irish involvement in World War I: A review – Neil Richardson

16.30 p.m. Close of seminar

The Saturday night programme will feature a performance of The Birth of a Nation concert, which was last performed in Lexington, Kentucky as part of the Twinning anniversary there in October.

20.00 pm: Saturday, 9 June: Birth of a Nation a musical extravaganza set against the backdrop of Irish history up to the founding of the modern Irish State; featuring songs and music from the period. A marvellous, sometimes whimsical, but often tragic journey, guaranteed to move and entertain. Script by Mario Corrigan. Paul Linehan, Tenor; Ann Cullen, Piano and Violin, and Liam Quinlivan, Narrator. Admission €10.

Songs include:

The West’s Asleep; The Minstrel Boy; Boolavogue; Danny Boy; A Nation Once Again; Óró ‘Sé do bheatha ‘bhaile; The Foggy Dew

Seminar Admission (booking)

Friday – Free; Saturday – €5.00. Includes complimentary tea and coffee break. Lunch at own expense. Booking essential via Riverbank Arts Centre Box Office.


Tel: 00353 (0)45 448327