Irish Military Seminar

Great Episodes in Ireland History – part of Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations.

Admission is free on Friday, €5 on Saturday (€10 for the evening concert), pre-booking is essential on or call 045 448 327

Click here to download the event programme.

17:00–17:45pm The Glen of Imaal Disaster, 1941 — Terence O’Reilly
17:50pm Readings from the Leb — Martin Malone
18:35pm Reception in foyer of Riverbank Arts Centre
19:00pm Opening of the Seminar by Mayor of Co. Kildare,Cllr. Martin Miley
19:15pm Book Launch by Col. Desmond Travers (Retd.), Witness to War Crimes, by Colm Doyle, with Conor Graham, Merrion Press
20:00pm 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

8:45–9:15am Registration — Tea & Coffee
9:20–9:25am WELCOME
9:30–10:15am Zulu. The Defence of Rorke’s Drift — Dan Harvey
10:20–11:05am What Did The Women Do Anyway? The Role ofWomen in the Struggle for Irish Freedom
1918–1923 — Liz Gillis
11:05–11:30am TEA / COFFEE BREAK
11:35am–12:20pm Recovering the voices of the  Union Irish: The forgottenletters of Ireland’s American Civil War dead — Damian Shiels
12:25–13:10pm Oliver Cromwell and the conquest of Ireland: His greatest failure? — Professor Micheál Ó Siochrú
13:10–14:25pm LUNCH (at own expense)
14:30–15:15pm Granuaile — Grace O’Malley: Ireland’s Pirate Queen (1530-1603). The life and times of an iconic pioneer and feminist — Anne Chambers
15:20–16:05pm The significance of Irish involvement in World War I: A review — Neil Richardson

20:00pm ‘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.


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