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8th Irish Military Seminar – Saturday 11th May

Saturday 11th May, 2024 - 09:00

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9.00-9.30 Registration, Refreshments and Bookshop

9.30  Welcome

9.40-10.20 This land of ire. The Nine Years’ War in Ireland, 1593-1603
Dr. James O’Neill
The Nine Years’ War was one of the most traumatic and bloody conflicts in the history of Ireland. Encroachment on the liberties of the Irish lords by the English crown caused Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, to build an unprecedented confederation of Irish lords.

10.25-11.05 In Spanish Trenches: The Mind and Deeds of the Irish in the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War
Emmet O’Connor
The Connolly Column – the Irish who fought for Republican Spain – is a window on 1930s Ireland. This presentation examines what they did in the war, how International Brigades operated, and what their command systems meant for the life, and death, of ordinary brigadistas.

11.05-11.30 Refreshments

11.35-12.15 Art MacMurchadha Caomhánach at war with Richard II, 1394 and 1399 ‘Nothing venture nothing have.’
Darren McGettigan
The English king Richard II made two expeditions to Ireland in 1394 and 1399. Ireland in his time was the scene of a Gaelic Irish revival where Irish kings in numerous parts of the island rolled back the Anglo-Norman conquests of previous centuries. The Gaelic Irish of south Leinster also produced one of the most remarkable and successful leaders of the late-medieval period, Art MacMurchadha Caomhánach.

12.20-13.00 World War Military Structures in Co. Kildare
Stephen Callaghan
This presentation will examine the results of a recent report compiled by Archaeology Plan on the surviving First and Second World era military structures and landscapes in County Kildare, with a focus on the Curragh Camp. The presentation will also give context of their importance in a nationwide setting.

13.00-14.20 Lunch (not provided)

14.25-15.05 Irish Doctors in the Second World War
Joe Duignan
At least 2,000 Irish doctors joined the British military forces during the war. This conflict was truly global and the doctors who were involved were in every theatre of war. Most joined the Royal Army Medical Corps (1,147) followed by the Royal Air Force (407) and the Royal Navy (253). A total of 72 Irish doctors died during the war.

15.10-15.50 Seán Keating and the Art of Revolution
Dr. Éimear O’Connor
This presentation focuses initially on Seán Keating’s politically motivated paintings between 1915 and 1924, for which he is well-known. It will then examine the rest of the artist’s long career during which time he used both metaphor and images of ordinary people to question and critique the post-treaty ruling classes.

16.00 Close of seminar


 This is a ticketed event, booking necessary. Please note that tickets booked online are subject to €1 booking fee per ticket. 


Saturday 11th May, 2024
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Riverbank Arts Centre Auditorium
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Riverbank Arts Centre
Main Street
Newbridge, Ireland
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045 448327
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