5th IRISH MILITARY SEMINAR 2021

by ehistoryadmin on May 28, 2021

5th IRISH MILITARY SEMINAR 2021 

The Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee are delighted to present the 5th annual Irish Military Seminar. The 2021 programme of free events is taking place online due to the current public health guidelines. The programme is available below and can be downloaded as a pdf here: Irish Military Seminar 2021

The War of Independence, World War I, Strongbow and the extensive collections of the Military Archives are among the topics that feature in the 2021 programme which includes Zoom talks (see links below for free registration) and some pre-recorded interviews with local County Kildare historians.
Please email localhistory@kildarecoco.ie or phone 0873611439 if you require any further information.

Tuesday 8th June – 7.30PM (via Zoom)
‘The Military Archives Pensions Collections’ – Michael Keane (Military Archives)
Michael Keane is a civilian archivist with the Military Archives and has worked on the Military Archives Pensions Project since 2008. This talk will highlight the Military Services Pensions Collections, including many of the County Kildare men and women who feature.
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/military-seminar-2021-military-archives-pension-records-lecture-m-keane-tickets-156104054429

 

Thursday 10th June – 7.30PM (via Zoom)
‘Representing the Last Moments of Irish Revolutionaries in Museums’ – Dr Siobhán Doyle (National Museum of Ireland)
Siobhán Doyle works in the National Museum of Ireland, having previously worked in the GAA Museum and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. She has a PhD in Museum Studies, concerning the material and visual culture of modern Ireland with particular focus on the role of exhibition display in commemoration.
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/military-seminar2021representing-the-last-moments-of-irish-revolutionaries-tickets-156113833679

 

Saturday 12th June – 7.30PM (Premiere of Pre-Recorded Interview)
‘The Life and Work of The War Cartoonist Bill Mauldin’ – Raphael Ryan in conversation with Margaret Rowe
Raphael Ryan, from Newbridge Local History Group, will detail the interesting life and work of the cartoonist Bill Mauldin, in conversation with Margaret Rowe.
This video will be available on Kildare Decade of Commemorations YouTube Channel and Facebook page from 7.30PM on Saturday 12th June

 

Tuesday 15th June – 7.30PM (Premiere of Pre-Recorded Interview)
‘Irish Servicewomen in the Great War: From Western Front to the Roaring Twenties’ – Dr Barbara Walsh in conversation with Margaret Scott
Kildangan based historian Barbara Walsh will highlight some of the interesting stories from her book on Irish Servicewomen in World War I in this pre-recorded conversation with Margaret Scott.
This video will be available on Kildare Decade of Commemorations YouTube Channel and Facebook page from 7.30PM on Tuesday 15th June.

 

Thursday 17th June – 7.30PM
Book Launch & Talk:
Remembrance: The World War I Dead of Co. Kildare & Talk by Ronan McGreevy (The Irish Times)
This important new publication from Kildare Decade of Commemorations (compiled and edited by Karel Kiely, James Durney and Mario Corrigan of Kildare Library&Arts Service) lists the over 750 men and three women from County Kildare who died in World War I. The book will be launched by the Cathaoirleach of Kildare County Council, Cllr. Mark Stafford.
The launch will be followed by a talk by journalist and author Ronan McGreevy, author of Wherever The Firing Line Extends: Ireland and the Western Front.
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/launch-of-remembrance-wwi-book-and-talk-by-ronan-mcgreevy-tickets-156115243897

 

Friday 18th June – 7.30PM
‘The Military Archives Oral History Collection’ – Noelle Grothier
Noelle Grothier is head of Private and Oral History Collections and has worked as a civilian archivist in Military Archives since May 2008. She has responsibility for collections of private papers deposited in Military Archives by veterans and their families.
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/military-seminar-2021-the-military-archives-oral-history-collection-tickets-156116196747

 

Saturday 19th June – 10.00AM (Booking link below)
‘Strongbow and the Normans’ – Dr Conor Kostick
Conor Kostick teaches on the subject of crusades in Trinity College Dublin and is author of many books including Strongbow: The Norman Invasion of Ireland. This talk is based on his best-selling book, which explores colourful personalities and political twists and turns of this tumultuous period in Irish history.

Saturday 19th June – 11.00AM (Booking link below)
‘Rows and Ructions: military-civilian violence in Irish garrison towns’ – Dr Aoife Bhreathnach
Aoife Bhreatnach blogs on military barracks and the towns around them on http://irishgarrisontowns.com/ . She is also author of Becoming Conspicuous: Irish Travellers, Society and the State, 1922-70 & hosts the podcast Censored Podcast @CensoredPod where she explores censored books in twentieth century Ireland.

Saturday 19th June – 12.00PM (Booking link below)
‘Guerilla Warfare During The War of Independence’ – Lorcan Collins
Lorcan Collins is founder of the 1916 Rising Walking Tour of Dublin, host of the ‘Revolutionary Ireland’ podcast and is author of several books on Ireland in the 1912-23 period including Ireland’s War of Independence 1919-1921, The IRA’s Guerilla Campaign. In this talk, Lorcan will highlight some of the key aspects of the IRA guerrilla campaign against Crown Forces during the War of Independence.

Link for all events on Saturday 19 June is: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/military-seminar-2021-conor-kostick-aoife-breatnach-lorcan-collins-tickets-156117901847

 

Keep an eye out on the following channels for further details!
• www.kildare.ie/ehistory
• www.facebook.com/kildaredecadeofcommemorations
• @cilldara2016 Twitter account
• Kildare Decade of Commemorations YouTube Channel

 

Acknowledgements:
We would like to thank the support and assistance of the following:
• The County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee
• Kildare County Council
• Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (under Decade of Centenaries 2012-23 Initiative)
• JuneFest 2021
• The County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups
• National Gallery of Irelan

A TIMELINE OF THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE IN COUNTY KILDARE, 1919-1922

The Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Programme has produced a new publication detailing many of the events that took place throughout the county during the War of Independence period. The launch of A Timeline of the War of Independence in Co. Kildare 1919-1922 coincides with the 100th anniversary of the burning of the Custom House, Dublin, on 25 May 1921. The book is available to download freely here: Kildare War of Independence Timeline

Physical copies of the book will be available free from 25 May 2021 via Co. Kildare’s public library network and heritage centres, in line with the current Covid-19 access restrictions. Please note that libraries are operating an online booking system where users must reserve a 30 minute slot. This visit is for browsing and lending only: please book at  www.kildare.ie/library/OnlineBookingSystem

Copies will also be distributed to secondary schools within the county.

It will be of interest to anyone curious about the history of Co. Kildare, particularly local history groups and secondary school students. It will help them navigate the period of the Irish War of Independence as it happened in Co. Kildare. The main incidents on the national stage are included to give it context. Much of the information comes from the local and national newspapers of the day and while an event may be recorded, there may be further information in the newspapers and other sources. We hope to encourage students to look further. Not every arrest or raid for arms is recorded; not every incident involving the cutting of wires, roads being trenched or bridges being damaged is documented, so researchers are encouraged to go back to the sources and history books and look for more. This is a Timeline, a listing of notable events by date, not a comprehensive history, but it will bring new events and information to light which hopefully will lead to further research.

The Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee has been active in its work since 2015. From the outset, it has proudly worked to create a legacy of research and material for future generations. It is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2021-2023 initiative, Kildare County Council and Kildare Library Services. The support of the Chair and members of the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee is gratefully acknowledged.

Enquiries about A Timeline of the War of Independence in Co. Kildare 1919-1922 can be sent to cilldara2016@gmail.com

 

 

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