by ehistoryadmin on May 20, 2017

Irish Military Seminar 9-11 June, 2017

9-11 June, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.



15.15-17.30 Congo – An Irish Affair (FILM) – a special screening

17.45 p.m. Reception in foyer of Riverbank.

Opening of the Seminar by Mayor of County Kildare, Cllr. Ivan Keatley.

Book launch by Brig. General Joe Mulligan, GOC, CurraghWar Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel C.M.L. Clements, MC

compiled and edited by James Durney and Hugh Crawford

18.30-19.15 p.m. Thomas Ashe – A life given for Ireland (the 100th anniversary of his death) – Maurice O’Keeffe and Dr. Hélène O’Keeffe, Irish Life and Lore (Oral History Projects)

19.30 p.m. -20.30 p.m. Blue Caps and Bulls WoolThe Congo and beyond! Declan Power, Dan Harvey and Maurice O’Keeffe


8.45 a.m.-9.15 a.m. Registration Tea & Coffee

9.20-9.25 a.m. Welcome – Wesley Bourke and Conor Graham

9.25 a.m.-10.10 a.m. The Sea was Red with Irish Blood! – Gallipoli 1915 – Lar Joye

10.10 a.m.-10.55 a.m. The Fenian Rising – Bloodlines! – Helen Litton

10.55-11.25 a.m. Break Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.15 p.m. A very uncivil affair! War in Dublin 1922-1923 – John Dorney

12 .15-13.00 p.m. Michael Kelly Lawler, American Civil War General – Wesley Bourke


13.00 – 13.55 p.m. LUNCH (at own expense)


14.00-14.45 p.m. Full Metal Shamrocks – Irishmen and the Vietnam War – James Durney and guest(s)

14.50 p.m.-15.35 p.m. A Belfast Jacobin – Samuel Neilson and 1798 Rebellion – Kenneth Dawson

15.35 p.m.-15.50 p.m. Refresher Break 

15.55 p.m.-16.40 p.m. Luftwaffe Eagles over Ireland – Justin Horgan

16.40 p.m.-17.00 p.m. Close of Seminar with Chair of Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee, Cllr. Pádraig McEvoy


11 a.m.-18.00 p.m. McKenna Gallery Riverbank, Weapons Display and workshop – Irish Military Vehicles Group


FIELD TRIP TO THE RATH OF MULLAGHMAST in association with the Co. Kildare Federation of Local History Groups

                10.00 a.m. Bus departs Newbridge

                Massacre at Mullaghmast – A Game of Thrones! – a note by Mario Corrigan and James      Durney

                The lost Medieval Village – Noel Dunne, Archaeologist

                Performance – Griese Youth Theatre

                12.30 p.m. Refreshments at Burtown House

                14.00 p.m. Arrive back in Newbridge

Free Admission (minimal cost for field trip): booking essential: 448327

Contact: or or phone 045 448350 or 087 9871046

Part of Kildare County Council’s, Decade of Commemorations programme and a

Creative Ireland Kildare initiative, in association with Ireland’s Military Story, Merrion Press and June Fest.

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