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Decade of Anniversaries Online Talks


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Programme of Online talks

This series of 6 Historical Talks explores the background to the King’s Speech in Belfast
on 22 June 1921, Partition and the birth of Northern Ireland, the ending of the War of
Independence and the Anglo-Irish Treaty Negotiations of 1921. The series will focus on
the key roles played by James Craig, Eamon de Valera, Michael Collins and David Lloyd
George and on the impact of events on Mid Ulster.



Partition and the Birth of Northern Ireland 1920-21: The Story from the Newsreels
Speaker: Dr Éamon Phoenix in conjunction with Ann Donnelly of Northern Ireland Screen.

Dr Éamon Phoenix is a political historian, author and broadcaster. He is member of the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Centenaries. He is the author of Northern Nationalism 1890-1940 and Conflicts in the North of Ireland, 1900-2000. and writes a daily column for the Irish News.

Thursday 9 September     

A Difficult Birth: Northern Ireland 1920 - 21
Speaker: Dr Alan Parkinson
Dr Alan Parkinson is a political historian and author. Belfast-born,
he is a former Senior Lecturer at London Southbank University and has written numerous books on Modern Irish History including his latest work, A Difficult Birth: The Early Years of Northern Ireland 1920-25 (Eastwood-Dublin).

Thursday 16 September 

An Island Divided: From the King's Speech to the Anglo-Irish Treaty: June - December 1921
Speaker:Dr Francis Costello
Dr Francis Costello is an American historian and businessman. Living in Belfast for the past 20 years, he holds a doctorate in History from Boston College and is a former Research Fellow of Queen’s University, Belfast. His books include 'Years of Revolt: the Irish Revolution and its Aftermath'.

Thursday, 23 September 

Carson, Craig and the Partition of Ireland 1912 - 1921
Speaker: Dr. Russell Rees
Dr Russell Rees is a political historian and author. A former Head of History at Omagh Academy, he is the author of Ireland 1905-25 and ‘The Labour Government and Northern Ireland 1945-51’

Thursday 30 September

Sir John and Lady Hazel Lavery and the Lavery Collection: A Pictorial Record of Partition and the Establishment of Two Irish States c1918-30
Speaker: Dr Sinéad McCoole
Dr Sinéad McCoole is a professional historian who has curated exhibitions on Irish History and art in Ireland and the United States. She is the author of a biography of Lady Hazel Lavery and advised the Irish government on the ‘Ireland 1916’ Centenary Programme.

Thursday 7 October 

Conflict, Division and Partition: Events in Mid Ulster 1919 - 21: The Summing-up
Your Questions Answered in this final reflective session with Dr Éamon Phoenix. 

Thursday 14 October 

All sessions are delivered virtually via Zoom.

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