We're pleased to announce our programme. Buy tickets here, or from the The Book MARKet Café in Kells (tel 085 889 6352) or Antonia's Bookstore in Trim (tel 046 943 7532). You can view a copy of the printed programme here.
11am – Eamon Darcy
Tackling James Fitzthomas Butler, the 1st Duke of Ormonde, was something that proved beyond seventeenth century Irish rebels. Even Oliver Cromwell himself only managed to remove Butler temporarily from Ireland. But Maynooth University Scholar Eamon Darcy does not fear to tread upon the Duke’s reputation. He may well be able to account for the rogue ‘e’ that found its way into the family title between the time Butler passed as 12th Earl of Ormond and 1st Duke of Ormonde.
11.35am – Glen Gendzel
Making a welcome return to Kells, Glen Gendzel is an historian based at San Jose State University who specialises in American history and the history of the State of California. From both perspectives he is, therefore, ideally placed to cast a cold eye on the political career of Ronald Reagan, former Governor of California, and fortieth President of the United States of America. Reagan’s unrivalled communication skills and amiable demeanour cannot mask his contribution to the current malaise in American political life.
12.10pm – Jennifer Wellington
UCD-based historian Jennifer Wellington, a native of Australia, lectures in modern global history, with a particular emphasis on the cultural history of warfare in the first half of the twentieth century. Her book Exhibiting War: The Great War, museums and memory in Britain, Canada and Australia is due for publication this year. Her target in Speaking Ill of the Dead is the late French President, General Charles de Gaulle. Soldier and statesman, leader of the French resistance movement in WW2, first President of the Fifth Republic, and arch conservative progenitor of the student/ worker Paris riots of 1968 – but was he right to say ‘Non’ to the UK entering the EEC?
12.45pm – Myles Dungan
Myles Dungan examines the legacy of Richard Pigott – the journalist, pornographer and conman who sold his newspapers to the Land League in 1881 and became the most notorious forger of the nineteenth century when he implicated Parnell in the Phoenix Park murders.
Supported by The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1
2.30pm – Paul Rouse
UCD historian Paul Rouse has made a particular study of the political and social impact of sport on Irish history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is also a director of the Century Ireland project and editor of www.historyhub. ie. Before he became an academic historian, Paul worked as a researcher on the RTÉ Prime Time Investigates series. He is co-author with Mike Cronin and Mark Duncan of The GAA: A People’s History. As his contribution to Speaking Ill of the Dead Paul will be examining the life of one of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Founding Fathers, Michael Cusack, who was himself an excellent athlete, but perhaps not such a good role model…
3.05pm – Catriona Crowe
Catriona bade farewell to the National Archives of Ireland after an illustrious career there that included the realisation of a dream, the digitising of the 1901 and 1911 census, which allowed anyone with a computer and an internet connection to become an amateur genealogist. Although best known as manager of the Irish Census Online project Catriona is also a member of the editorial team of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and editor of Dublin 1911 and was recently the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Limerick. She takes on Edward Carson – barrister, cabinet minister, unionist leader who began his public life as prosecutorial tormenter of Parnellites in the 1880s and became Oscar Wilde’s nemesis before leading the unionist opposition to Home Rule from 1912.
3.40pm – Diarmaid Ferriter
Occupant of the prestigious post of Professor of Modern Irish History at University College, Dublin, Diarmaid Ferriter is also a prolific author and ‘go-to’ historian for many radio and TV programmes. His first significant success was The Transformation of Ireland 1900–2000 and his biographical study of Eamon de Valera, Judging Dev quickly followed. His most recent work, which deals with the revolutionary generation, is A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913–1923. Such is his energy and productivity that a history blogger located not a million miles from Hinterland suggested recently that there were, in fact, two Diarmaid Ferriters. In Speaking Ill of the Dead Diarmaid will be damning Archbishop John Charles McQuaid with very faint praise indeed. Whether as President of Blackrock College or Archbishop of Dublin, McQuaid wielded pen and crozier in the service of the Roman Catholic Church and 19th century values…
4.15pm – Peter Frankopan
Peter Frankopan, author of best-seller The Silk Roads, is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He speaks ill of Bohemond I of Antioch – leader of the First Crusade, who was, literally, a bastard. His involvement in the First Crusade probably had less to do with regaining the Holy Land for Christianity than with gaining some less holy land for Bohemond.
Supported by The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1
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