TITLE - "Opening the box of revolution": Ireland, 1919-23, as revealed in records from the National Archive
Leader - John Gibney, historian and author

Tue, 07/01/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

John Gibney is Assistant Editor with the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (BA, PhD), where he also lectured in history, and was formerly a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame and at NUI Galway. Prior to joining the RIA he was Education and Outreach Officer at Glasnevin Trust and he has worked extensively in tourism and in the heritage and publishing sectors, including as the online editor for History Ireland magazine. He has written widely on modern and early modern Irish history and historiography. His books include A short history of Ireland, 1500-2000 (Yale UP, 2017) and, most recently (with Michael Kennedy and Kate O’Malley), Ireland: a voice among the nations (RIA, November,2019). John will reveal to us a single archival box from the NAI; namely, one that has files about the first Dáil and Russia, Egypt, India,etc., an archival treasure-trove.


TITLE - Stories from a Reuters Correspondent
Leader - Michael Roddy

Tue, 21/01/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

Paul Julius Reuter worked at a book-publishing firm in Berlin and was involved in distributing radical pamphlets at the beginning of the Revolutions in 1848. These publications brought much attention to Reuter, who in 1850 developed a prototype news service in Aachen using homing pigeons and electric telegraphy from 1851 on in order to transmit messages between Brussels and Aachen. Reuter's agency built a reputation in Europe and the rest of the world as the first to report news scoops from abroad. It was the first to report Abraham Lincoln's assassination in Europe, for instance, in 1865. Today, Reuters employs some 2,500 journalists and 600 photojournalists in about 200 locations worldwide. Michael will share his career experiences as Reuters Correspondent.


TITLE - Marine Life around our coast,esp.Dublin Bay
Leader - Dr.Jim Wilson

Tue, 04/02/2020

10:30 - 12:00 


TITLE - Dublin Statuary: Part 2
Leader - Dr.Paula Murphy

Tue, 18/02/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

A nation’s life might be said to be recorded in its monuments’ (Irish Builder, 1 May 1872). This talk continues our look at public sculpture in Dublin. Paula Murphy is Professor Emerita in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin. Her publications include Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture, Native Genius Reaffirmed (Yale, 2010) and Sculpture 1600-2000, vol. 3 in the 5 vol. RIA Art and Architecture of Ireland (Yale 2015). She was awarded the RHA Gold Medal 2015. In 2016/17 she held the Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she was working on Irish-American sculptors.


TITLE - Emmet Dalton, Somme Soldier, Irish General, Film Pioneer
Leader - Sean Boyne

Tue, 03/03/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

Emmet Dalton was born in America in 1898 and taken by his Irish-American parents to live in Drumcondra, Dublin while still a small child. As a 1st Lieutenant with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, he won the Military Cross for bravery at the Battle of the Somme. He became the IRA’s Director of Training during the War of Independence. During the talks in London on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, he acted as adviser to the charismatic Michael Collins. When the republican movement split on the issue of the Treaty, he remained loyal to Collins, whom he idolised, and was in charge of the artillery that bombarded the IRA garrison in the Four Courts at the start of the Civil War. As a Major General in the Free State Army, aged only 24 years, he led the seaborne invasion of Cork which turned the tide of war against the IRA. He was travelling in a touring car with Collins when the ‘Big Fellow’ was shot at Bealnablath on 22 August,1922. Dalton subsequently became first Clerk of the Irish Senate, and later in life was involved in the film business in England, ultimately setting up Ireland’s first film studio, Ardmore, in Bray, County Wicklow. He died on his 80th birthday in 1978. Sean Boyne was educated at O’Connell School which Dalton himself attended, and also attended UCD, graduating with a degree in History and Politics. He pursued a career in journalism, and is now retired. He has written a number of books, the most recent being a biography, ‘Emmet Dalton, Somme Soldier, Irish General, Film Pioneer’ (2014).


TITLE - Yeats, The Arch Poet
Leader - Stella Mew

Tue, 24/03/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

After a career in education, including thirty years as Principal of Rathdown School, Stella Mew served as C.E.O. of the Yeats Society in Sligo for seven years, until retirement, but continues to enjoy Yeats ! Stella will outline how W.B.Yeats progressed from being 'The Apprentice Mage' to 'The Arch Poet, and Nobel Prize-winner, as well as a consideration of the changing themes of his poetry. She will also provide us with a brief introduction to the Yeats Exhibition in the National Library of Ireland.


TITLE - A Visit to the W.B.Yeats Exhibition at The National Library
Leader - W.B.Yeats...

Tue, 31/03/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

...in the Library!



Print Date: 05 Dec 2019