‘Decade of Centenaries’ lecture series

The next ten years will see the centenaries of many events that have had a formative influence on our society as it is today. Most everybody is aware of the upcoming 1916 centenary, but each year from now until 2022 will see the 100th anniversary of events, both in Ireland and on the wider world stage, that have shaped how history played out since then and continue to influence our lives today. Later in 2013 will see the anniversary of the Dublin lockout, next year the outbreak of the Great War, and so on.

Our plan is to present a lecture each year on the key event/s of that year 100 years ago that we judge to have been the seminal event of the year, in terms of its future impact. We will seek a style of presentation that is balanced between scholarly and popular, and if practical, discussion will be encouraged. Although we know it will be a challenge, we will seek to apply a lens that is objective and clinical, hopefully devoid of the emotion that some of these subjects often generate. 100 years on, we feel this should be possible and perhaps overdue, but time will tell.

Our first lecture, on the Home Rule bill of 1912, will take place in Ashbourne library on January 15TH. next. The lecture will be delivered by Dermot Meleady, historian and author of the 2008 biography of John Redmond.

We are asking for your support in this ambitious undertaking by helping us publicise the lecture series and of course by attending the individual events. It has great possibilities and we commend it to you for your support.

Year

Lecture theme/s

Presenters

1912

The 1912 Home Rule bill Dermot Meleady, Jan 15th, 2013.
Ashbourne Library @ 7pm.

1913

The Dublin Lockout Padraig Yeates, Nov 5th, 2013.
Ashbourne Library @ 7.30pm.

1914

The 36th Ulster Division
in World War 1
Philip Orr, Oct 14th, 2014.
Ashbourne Library @ 7.30pm.

1915

The gathering storm – Volunteers North and South
Irish regiments in action, Gallipoli, Belgium, etc

Do.

1916

The Easter Rising
The Somme offensive

Do.

1917

The rise of Sinn Fein
The Russian revolution

Do.

1918

To be advised

Do.

1919

Do.

Do.

1920

Do.

Do.

1921

Do.

Do.

 

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