The Irish Convention of 1917-18: The Last Chance to Avoid Partition?
Start Date: 25 October 2018
End Date: 25 October 2018
Venue: Ranfurly House
Telephone: 03000 132 132 Ext 24608
Dr Phoenix will explore the origins, membership and role of the Irish Convention- the last all-Ireland attempt to solve the Irish Question short of partition. The immediate background was the impact of the 1916 executions and the steady rise of Sinn Féin with its demand for an all-Ireland Republic. The Convention was attended by Nationalists, Ulster Unionists and Southern Unionists, as well as representatives from the main Churches, Mayors and Labour. It was boycotted by Sinn Féin. Had this talented body, which met for nine months in Dublin’s Trinity College, ever any chance of success, or was it merely ‘a piece of Lloyd George’s transatlantic window-dressing’?