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Conference: After The War: Peace, Conflict and Trauma.

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National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

Benburb Street

D07 XKV4 Dublin


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This conference explores the physical and psychological effects of war and conflict, at home and abroad, on the Irish population in 1919.

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This conference is focused on life in Ireland in 1919, and coincides with the opening of the exhibition Irish Wars at the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks in December 2019. In particular, it aims to explore the effects that the impact of war – occurring at home and abroad – had on the Irish population; both for those who fought, and those soon engulfed by conflict as Irish soldiers returned from the battlefields in Belgium and France, and the Irish War of Independence slowly began.

It aims to ask questions about how the psychological damage suffered by soldiers, as a result of the War, was perceived and how they were cared for after World War One. It also aims to explore what effect both the end of World War One, and also the War of Independence, had on businesses and employment in Ireland. Finally, the legacy of the trauma experienced by both men and women relating to both conflicts shall be examined. Featuring a broad range of speakers, this conference will explore the experiences of Irish soldiers coming home to a politically changed Ireland, the physiological and psychological trauma suffered by individuals as a result of conflict, and how this has been remembered.

Participants will include: Dr. Brendan Kelly (Professor of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin), Ronan McGreevy (Journalist, Author), and Dr. Louise Ryan (Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield), and shall conclude with a short performance from ANU Productions and CoisCéim Dance Theatre.

Conference organised by: Education & Outreach Department and Brenda Malone, Curator of the Irish Wars exhibition, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7.

Current Programme (subject to change)

9.30am: Registration

10am. Panel 1. Ireland after the War: Homecoming

Eve Morrison: Chair

Peter Barton. The Quiet Men: the Great War’s Silent Witnesses.

Ronan McGreevy. A coward if I return? How did Irish Veterans of the First World War fare afterwards?

Fionnuala Walsh. ‘The scars of war lay on their souls’: women’s experiences of demobilization in the aftermath of the Great War.

11.15am: Coffee

11.45am. Panel 2. Business, Employment and Loyalties

David Dickson. Chair

Wendy Williams. To be announced

Jessica Handy. War, Insurrection and Guinness: Employment and loyalty in turbulent times.

Lar Joye. ‘A Divided Company' – Dublin Port and the impact of the First World War, 1914-18, and the Irish Wars 1919-22.

1pm: Lunch

2pm: Panel 3 + 4. The Legacy of Trauma.

Catriona Crowe. Chair

Brendan Kelly. Trauma, shell-shock and the Richmond War Hospital, Dublin (1916-1919)

Fiona Loughnane. Bodily Trauma and the Archive: Photographs of the Loughnane Brothers.

Judith McCarthy & Dan Breen. From Behind the Walls of the Asylum: Stories of First World War survivors found in Local Authority Museum collections

3.15pm: Coffee


Caitriona Clear. Chair

Linda Connolly. Sexual Violence and the Irish War of Independence: Evidence, Ethics and Trauma Histories.

Louise Ryan. Drunken Tans revisited: assessing how understandings of sexual violence during the Revolutionary years has changed in the last 20 years'

4.30pm: Performance

Louise Lowe & Owen Boss. Signposting the Past (featuring a short performance from ANU Productions and CoisCéim Dance Theatre.)

5pm: Close

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