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Dublin’s Great Wars: The First World War, the Easter Rising and the Irish Revolution Richard S. Grayson in conversation with Ronan McGreevy
14 August @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
For the first time, the story of the Dubliners who served in the First World War and the Irish Revolution is told as a series of interconnected ‘Great Wars’. Hear the full scope of Dubliners’ First World War service, far beyond the well-known Dublin ‘Pals’, with at least 35,000 serving and over 6,500 dead. Irish nationalist support for Britain going to war in 1914 can only be understood in the context of the political fight for Home Rule, influencing why so many Dubliners were hostile to the Easter Rising. How was the War of Independence and the Civil War shaped by the militarisation of Irish society and the experiences of British army veterans?
Richard S. Grayson is Professor of Twentieth-Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Belfast Boys: How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the First World War (2009).
Ronan McGreevy is a journalist with the Irish Times.
Doors open 20 minutes before the start of the event; unreserved seating.