Libraries NI - Heritage from Home online talks

Created on: Tuesday, 09 March 2021. Posted in: News

Libraries NI - Heritage from Home online talks

Tuesday 26 January - Friday 19 March 2021. 

Find out about your Heritage from the comfort of your own home this winter. Starting 26 January, and throughout February and March, Libraries NI will be running a series of online talks, events and workshops on four topics:

• Ancient Ireland: history & myth
• The environment: nature and landscape
• Your family, your history
• Partition: how it affected us


Wednesday 10 March - To leave or to remain? Southern Irish Protestants and the partition of Ireland Dr Marie Coleman, 2:30pm - 3:30pm Email


Between 1911 and 1926, the non-Catholic population of the twenty-six southern Irish counties declined by one-third. This talk will examine the socio-economic, demographic and political reasons for this change. In particular, it will explore the extent to which the decline was caused by Protestant departures during the Irish revolution. While some Protestants left, moving to Northern Ireland, Britain or beyond, a significant Protestant minority remained in the Irish Free State and the reasons why these opted to stay will also be examined.

Dr Marie Coleman is a Reader in Modern Irish History at Queen's University Belfast. She has written widely on the revolutionary period including a study of County Longford and the Irish revolution, 1910-1923. She is particularly interested in the role of women and gender relations during the period, the experience of the southern Protestant minority during the revolutionary decade, and the lives of revolutionary veterans after the conflict, including the award of pensions and medals. She is an advisor to the Department of Defence (Military Archives) Military Service Pensions Collection and to the Northern Ireland Office's centenary historical panel, and a member of the Church of Ireland's working group on historical centenaries.


Thursday 11 March - The Celts at war Richard Doherty 12 noon - 1:00pm 



Ancient IrelandThis talk will look at the Celtic ways of warfare from the earliest times until the final years of the Celtic age (400 BC to AD 1600), including the Celts against Greeks and Romans, the conflict with the Anglo-Saxons, followed by the arrival of the Vikings and the Normans, the Celts of Wales and Scotland fighting the English kings and the Celts of Ireland and Scotland opposing the Tudors.
One of the leading military historians in the UK and Ireland, writer and broadcaster Richard Doherty has numerous articles as well as thirty books to his credit, including The Williamite War in Ireland, 1688-1691 to Helmand Mission: With the Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008 andThe Thin Green Line, a history of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
He has researched, written and presented several historical series for BBC Radio Ulster, and presented two major historical television programmes for the BBC. He has also contributed to or advised on many more for the BBC, RTE and independent producers.
He is Chairman of the Irish Regiments Historical Society, a member of several military history societies in the UK, Ireland and the USA, a trustee of the Royal Irish Fusiliers’ Museum, Armagh and of the Royal Irish Regiment Museum, a trustee, and member of the Council, of the Northern Ireland War Memorial.
A popular speaker, he has addressed a wide variety of audiences in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Europe, as well as the United States.


Friday 12 March -  Religion and belief in Iron Age Ireland, Dr Patrick Gleeson 2:30pm - 3:30pm Email


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