June 29, 2021

Events in bold will be paid for & broadcast live; tickets available via this website from early July.

All other events will be posted on this website on the morning of the relevant day of the Festival.

Friday 6 August

Introduction from founders Victoria & Simon Kingston, discussing the Festival’s themes of Ireland in 1921 and Ireland & Empire

The Execution of Bridget Noble  Sean Boyne

A family on both sides of the 1921 Rosscarbery RIC barracks attack – Flor McCarthy

4pm:             Panel discussion

Let’s talk about the Black and Tans. How should the actions of Crown Forces be remembered and understood in Ireland and in the UK?  with Dr Marie Coleman, Dr David Leeson, Dr Edward Madigan, Professor John Horne (Chair)

6.30pm:        Live talk

Ireland after 1921 – Why the Free State had to be a Catholic State  Mary Kenny

Saturday 7 August

In the wars: military and imperial culture in nineteenth century Ireland – Dr Aoife Bhreatnach

Echoes of the Zulu Wars in West Cork  – Robert Harris

Irish soldiers in the British Army during Empire – Lar Joye

An unsinkable constable makes an arrest: the Newmarket Men who policed colonial Hong Kong – Patricia O’Sullivan

Everything that touches Ireland finds an echo in the remotest parts of the Empire: The Dominion Dimensions of the Anglo-Irish Settlement, c.1916-1922 – Dr Donal Lowry

The Irish in polar exploration  – Dr Clare Warrior

Colonial objects at home in Ireland: how do they make us feel? – Dr Briony Widdis

2pm:             Live talk

Ireland, Empire and the Early Modern World – Professor Jane Ohlmeyer

4pm:             Panel discussion

When did Partition happen? with Professor Paul Bew, Dr Niamh Gallagher, Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid

6.30pm:        Live talk

Partition – the experience of Southern Protestants and ‘left overness’ – Professor Roy Foster

8.30pm:        Festival Concert 

Hope On, Hope Ever: a musical response inspired by elements of the Franklin Expedition with Jessie Kennedy, Tess Leak & The Vespertine Quintet

Sunday 8 August

Ethics and Remembering Empire – Professor Nigel Biggar

The Tainted – writing fiction about Irish imperial experience with Cauvery Madhavan, author of The Tainted, & Dr Ida Milne

English Memory and Amnesia about Empire  – Professor David Reynolds

4pm:             Panel discussion

Selective memories: Irish and British historians on the imperial past with Dr Aoife Bhreatnach, Dr Margaret O’Callaghan, Professor Eunan O’Halpin Professor David Reynolds

6pm:  Live talk – Closing Act

What we choose to remember and how  – Fergal Keane

Please note: this programme remains subject to final confirmation.