Birth of a Nation

Ronan Fanning & Charles Townshend in conversation with John Borgonovo. Ronan Fanning’s Fatal Path; British Government and Irish Revolution, 1910-1922 is a magisterial narrative of the most turbulent decade in Anglo-Irish history. It was a time when violence and the threat of violence trumped democratic politics and, argues Fanning, it worked, however much this view offends our contemporary moral sensibilities. Charles Townshend’s The Republic; The Fight for Irish Independence, 1918-1923 dovetails perfectly with Fanning’s book, taking us from the War of Independence through the Civil War and shows how the betrayals and grim compromises put the new nation into a state of trauma for at least a generation. Thus was the new republic born.
John Borgonovo is a history lecturer in University College Cork.

Recorded at Dublin Castle, Printworks venue on 26th September 2013.

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The Great Famine: The visitation of God?

History Ireland Hedge School with Kevin Whelan, Meredith Meagher, William Smyth & Tim Pat Coogan. Chaired by History Ireland editor Tommy Graham
What were the factors that led to the Great Famine of the 1840s? Was catastrophe inevitable? According to Young Irelander John Mitchel, God may have sent the potato blight, but the English created the famine. How does that assertion stand up to recent scholarship? What could have been done, and what was done, to alleviate distress? To what extent were the Irish victims of economic (laissez-faire capitalism) and religious (providentialism) dogmas? This History Ireland Hedge School addresses these key questions.

Recorded at Dublin Castle, Printworks venue on 26th September 2013.

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Britain and Ireland: A Shared Heritage

Roy Hattersley in conversation with Dr John Bowman. In spite of ancient enmities and recent conflict, Anglo-Irish relations have never been better than they are now in the early decades of the twenty-first century. Roy Hattersley served as a deputy leader of the British Labour Party, government minister and shadow minister in a long political career that lasted almost three decades. He has written many books, mainly history and biography, notably David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider. No UK politician is better placed to assess the shared heritage between Britain and Ireland than Roy Hattersley.

Recorded at Dublin Castle, Printworks venue on 26th September 2013.

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Podcast: Magdalene Laundries – Margaret MacCurtain in conversation with Diarmaid Ferriter

Margaret MacCurtain in conversation with Diarmaid Ferriter
Margaret MacCurtain is a remarkable woman and a rare humanitarian justly renowned as a champion of justice for all, especially for women and children. A lecturer in the Irish History Department of University College Dublin from 1964-94, she has also held prestigious posts in US colleges in Boston and Baltimore. Her research into the history of Irish women won her the award of the Eire Society of Boston Gold Medal in 1993. As a distinguished member of a religious order and a distinguished historian she is uniquely qualified to discourse on the history of the Magdalene Laundries.
Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin.

Recorded at Dublin Castle, Printworks venue on September 26th 2013.

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