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To mark the centenary of the Irish Convention, Trinity College Dublin will host a two-day Symposium on 25th and 26th July 2017. In the wake of the Easter Rising, and after other failed attempts to find a compromise, Lloyd George summoned a gathering of representative Irishmen to a convention to establish a basis for a settlement of the ‘Irish question’.


While R.B. McDowell admitted in his history of the Irish Convention that it may be dismissed as ‘a failure’, he insisted that we consider it ‘a brilliant’ one. To test McDowell’s conclusion, this symposium will examine what the Convention hoped to achieve, and will consider the political thinking of those who took part and also of those who did not at that key time in 1917-18. The symposium will also address the Convention’s legacy, particularly in light of how all-party talks have shaped the recent history of this island.


Our symposium will open in Regent House where the Convention met, and contributors will include Bertie Ahern, John Bruton, Ian d’Alton, David Dickson, Anne Dolan, Patrick Geoghegan, Michael Laffan, Martin Mansergh, Conor Morrissey, Eunan O’Halpin, Patrick Maume, Margaret O’Callaghan, Fionnuala Walsh, Bernadette Whelan, Padraig Yeates.

The event is free of charge, but to reserve a place please register here for the 25th July.

Date: 25 July 2017

Time: 6.15pm-8.00pm

Venue: Regent House

Organisers: Trinity College Dublin; Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College Dublin; The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin; Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

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