Ireland has a long, proud military tradition. The aim of this inaugural seminar is to look at all aspects of Irish military history, drawing chiefly on events and personnel from within our nation’s past.
Great episodes in Ireland’s history are intermingled with escapades in far-off places like Vietnam, the Balkans and the African continent.
Topics: WWI and WWII; 1798 Rebellion; American Civil War; Vietnam War; Irish Civil War in Dublin; The Fenians; Thomas Ashe (100th Anniversary of his death); Luftwaffe POWs; Jadotville, the Congo and Beyond; Massacre at Mullaghmast – A Game of Thrones!
Friday 9 June: Opening event and book launch followed by documentary film and panel discussion on Ireland’s peacekeepers.
Saturday 10 June: Full day of presentations and Irish Military Vehicles Group indoor militaria display.
Sunday 11 June: Site visit to Mullaghmast with archaeologist Noel Dunne and Griese Youth Theatre performance.
Speakers include: Helen Litton, John Dorney, Lar Joye, Dan Harvey, James Durney, Declan Power, Justin Horgan, Wesley Bourke, Kenneth Dawson, Dr. Helene O’Keeffe and Maurice O’Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore.
Hosted by Kildare County Council and the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee, in association with June Fest, Ireland’s Military Story and Merrion Press.
Free Admission but booking essential via Riverbank Arts Centre Box Office