The Civil War in Kerry : A Centenary Conference Official Opening

The Civil War in Kerry : A Centenary Conference Official Opening

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This three-day conference in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee will mark the centenary of the Civil War and will bring together a wide range of local, national and international experts, historians and academics to discuss the conflict and its legacy.  The conference will form part of the State’s Decade of Centenaries Programme for 2023 and is supported by Kerry County Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media.

The opening ceremony will commence at 7.15pm on Thursday 23rd February with the opening keynote address, ‘Faith, Reason and Betrayal: The Irish Civil War’, provided by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, University College Dublin at 8pm.

The conference will involve expert speakers and academics from a broad spectrum of relevant disciplines, the centenary conference will present the events of 1922-1923 to a wide audience, with a particular focus on Kerry where the conflict was extremely visceral, violent and protracted.

The History, Memory and Legacy conference is presented by a team of experienced historians and event organisers including Dr Mary McAuliffe, Bridget McAuliffe and Owen O’Shea.

It will analyse, debate and embrace the complexities, contradictions and nuances of this extremely turbulent, divisive and traumatic period, both in the local context of war in Kerry and in the broader context of Irish Civil War history.

Keynote speakers will include Professor Diarmaid Ferriter of UCD, Professor Bill Kissane of the London School of Economics and Dr Leeann Lane of Dublin City University. Papers will be presented by a wide range of Kerry historians including Dr Richard McElligott, Dr Helene O’Keeffe, Dr Dáithí Ó Corráin, Helen O’Carroll, Owen O’Shea and Kieran McNulty.

A roundtable discussion on the legacy of the Civil War in Kerry and beyond will be chaired by Dr David McCullagh and will feature a wide range of experienced historians and authors.

The conference, which is supported by Kerry County Council, will be a key event under the Community Strand of the State’s 2023 Decade of Centenaries Programme. It is presented in association with University College Dublin Gender Studies and the Department of Computing, Creative Media and Information Technology at the Munster Technological University, Kerry.

The event will feature a project presented by students at MTU Kerry in the Siamsa Tíre Gallery throughout the conference. Is Mise, Le Meas focuses on creating a set of inspiring visual responses to Civil War narratives, drawing on original documentation and poignant letters sent and received during this tumultuous and formative period in Irish history. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Other events, including a concert of song, poetry and letters from the period, are taking place. The concert will close out the conference on Saturday 25th February.

Full details of the conference programme are available on www.kerrycivilwarconference.ie 

IMAGE –  “Used with permission by the National Library of Ireland”

Event details: 

  • Date: Thursday 23rd February
  • Time: 7.15pm Official Opening; 8.00pm: Opening Keynote address
  • Tickets: €5 + booking fee (Thur night only); 3 day Conference pass €20 + booking fee, students (16+) FREE (for student bookings please contact Box Office directly on 066 712 3055).
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Price - Full Price €5, 3 Day Conference €20, Students (16+) Free

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Full Price €5, 3 Day Conference €20, Students (16+) Free

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