Dublin at War 1914-18: History Ireland Hedge School Debate

Pic: National Library of Ireland

Pic: National Library of Ireland

History Ireland will be holding a Hedge School Debate on the topic of Dublin at War 1914-18 at 7pm in the National Library of Ireland on Kildare Street on Tuesday the 25th of November.

The lively debate will paint a portrait of Dublin during the First World War, revealing the effect of conscription on the population and economy, and asking if there is a connection to be drawn between the Great War and the 1916 Easter Rising.

Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland will be the Master of Ceremonies presiding over the discussion with a panel of historians who have produced works on the events surrounding the era: Ann Matthews (The Irish Citizen Army), a lecturer on Women and War and Republican Women and Iconography in NUI Maynooth; labour historian Pádraig Yeates (A City in Wartime: Dublin 1914-18); Brian Hanley, member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians (A Documentary History of the IRA, 1916-2005); and Professor of modern History in Trinity College, David Fitzpatrick.

The debate, which is being held in association with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is free for all to attend and will be open to contributions from the audience.

Arrive early to be sure of getting a seat, but for those who can’t make it, an audio recording will be available on the History Ireland website soon after.

By Aimée Mac Leod