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Southern Irish Loyalism in Context, 21–22 July 2017

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This event is free and all are welcome. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Day 1: Friday 21 July 2017

09.00–09.25 Registration & coffee – Iontas Kitchen

09.25–09.40 Welcome address – Iontas Seminar Room (1.33)

09.45–11.15 Parallel Session 1:

Panel 1a – Iontas Seminar Room (1.33) Loyalist Politics

*Dr Elaine Byrne (Independent) The Irish Senate, 1922–28

*Elaine Callinan (TCD) Voting to maintain the Union in 1918: ‘the strongest pillars upon which they stood’

Panel 1b – Iontas Meeting Room (1.25) Personal Experiences of Revolution

*Alan McCarthy (UCC) A proud Briton and Corkman: The life and career of Henry Lawrence Tivy (1848-1929)

*Katherine Magee (Maynooth) From Kilderry to Ballynagard: Colonel John George Vaughan Hart and the Unionist experience of the Irish Revolution in East Donegal, 1919-c. 1944.

11.20–11.40 Coffee – Iontas Kitchen

11.45–13.15 Parallel Session 2:

Panel 2a – Iontas Seminar Room (1.33) Fitting in to Ireland? Loyalty Meets Patriotism

*Dr Ida Milne (Maynooth) Two Bartons: shared religion, divided politics, and the case of the volunteers in Wexford, 1914

*Dr Miriam Moffitt (St Patrick’s College, Maynooth) “Proud of being Irishmen”: Canon Dudley Fletcher and the challenge of Irishness

*Dr Ian d'Alton (TCD) Seeking a congenial citizenship: the loyalist reimagination of southern Ireland after 1922

Panel 2b – Iontas Meeting Room (1.25) Southern Loyalist Communities in Revolution

*Seamus Cullen (DCU) Southern Irish Loyalists in a garrison county: Kildare Unionism, 1912-23

*Dr Pat McCarthy (Independent) The experience of Waterford loyalists in the revolutionary decade 1912-1923

13.15–14.10 Lunch – Iontas Kitchen

14.15–15.45 Parallel Session 3:

Panel 3a – Iontas Seminar Room (1.33) Exodus? Southern Protestant Decline

*Dr John M. Regan (Dundee) The southern Protestant exodus myth and ethnic cleansing in twentieth-century Ireland

*Donald Wood (Independent) Revisiting Protestant decline in Ireland 1911-26

Panel 3b – Iontas Meeting Room (1.25) Southern Loyalist Politics and Identity

*Dr Owen McGee (Independent) Outmanoeuvring the Dáil: the southern unionist political strategy 1919-1922

*Dan Purcell (TCD) Building a Southern Loyalism: Cavan and Monaghan Unionists and Ulster 1912-1923

15.50–17.30 Keynote – Chair: Dr Anne Dolan (TCD)

Dr Tim Wilson (St. Andrews)

Great Betrayal or Soft Landing? The fate of Southern Irish Loyalists in comparative perspective

Day 2: Saturday 22 July 2017

09.15–09.40 Arrival & coffee – Iontas Kitchen

09.45–11.15 Parallel Session 4:

Panel 4a – Iontas Seminar Room (1.33) The Great War and its Legacies

*Dr Fionnuala Walsh (TCD) ‘The future welfare of the Empire will depend more largely on our women and girls’: southern loyalist women and the British war effort in Ireland 1914-1918

*Dr Paul Huddie (Maynooth) Disputed legacies: British military charities, the new Irish state and the courts, 1923-29

Panel 4b – Iontas Meeting Room (1.25) Accommodation and Coexistence? The Southern Loyalist Gentry

*Dr Conor Morrissey (Oxford) Towards gentry home rule? The Irish Reform Association and self-government for Ireland, 1904-1910

*Dr Jonathan Cherry (DCU) Adaptive co-existence? Lord Farnham, southern loyalist and the Irish Free State

11.20–11.40 Coffee – Iontas Kitchen

11.45–13.15 Parallel Session 5:

Panel 5a – Iontas Seminar Room (1.33) The Geography of Loyalism

*Jack Kavanagh & Neale Rooney (Maynooth) Mapping constituencies of Southern Unionist electoral support 1885-1932

*Dr Arlene Crampsie (UCD) & Dr Jonathan Cherry (DCU) One, but not the same? The geography of the signing of the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant, September 1912

Panel 5b – Iontas Meeting Room (1.25) Imperial Connections: Loyalists and British Service

*Dr Seán Gannon (TCD) "My Colonial Office pass would have proved a pass to the next world": Irish colonial servants and the Irish Revolution

*Dr Joseph Quinn (UCD) “It was the done thing”: Irish unionist attitudes to war and neutrality, and southern Irish Protestant volunteers in the British forces during the Second World War

13.15-14.10 Lunch – Iontas Kitchen

14.15-15.45 Parallel Session 6:

Panel 6a – Iontas Seminar Room (1.33) The Pulpit and the Factory: Southern Protestant Experiences

*Prof Brian M. Walker (QUB) Southern protestant voices during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War: reports from Church of Ireland synods

*Prof Frank Barry (TCD) Southern Protestant Manufacturing Interests: the Union, Partition and Protection

Panel 6b – Iontas Meeting Room (1.25) Regional Politics: Loyalism in Dublin & Cork

*Dr Ciarán Wallace (TCD) Municipal Unionists in Dublin, 1898-1922

*John O'Donovan (UCC) Conservatism with a small ‘c’; Loyalism with a small ‘l’? The ‘Skibbereen Eagle’ and its turbulent hinterland 1900-1922

15.50-17.30 Roundtable Discussion:

Loyalism in Irish History – Iontas Seminar Room (1.33)

Chair: Dr Brian Hughes (Maynooth)

Prof Jaqueline Hill (Maynooth)

Dr Miriam Moffitt (St Patrick’s College, Maynooth)

Dr Ian d'Alton (TCD)

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