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LogoWEBEditor Tommy Graham will be hosting a series of History Ireland Hedge Schools, lively round-table discussions with historians and well-known personalities. If you are a local history society, or a parish priest, vicar, rabbi or imam with access to a local hall, and are interested in setting up such an event, why not get in touch and we can discuss the logistics. Pod casts and videos of these events will be posted here as they become available.


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Meeting De Valera and Michael Collins

@ Dublin Book Fesitval, RDS Library, Dublin.  2.30pm Sun 5 Nov

Tommy Graham, Editor of History Ireland magazine, will host a discussion with Joseph Connell (author of Michael Collins: Dublin 1916–22) and David McCullagh (author of DE VALERA (Vol. 1): Rise 1882–1932).

 

William Allingham: ‘Always Irish but in no way national’?

@ Allingham Festival, Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon 7pm Sat 11 Nov

Tommy Graham, Editor of History Ireland magazine, will lead a discussion panel that will include: Anthony Begley, Moya Cannon, Pauric Travers.

 

50th anniversary of ‘free education’

@ the National Library, Kildare Street 7pm Tues 21 Nov

Tommy Graham, Editor of History Ireland magazine, will host a discussion on this subject.

 

John Philpot Curran bicentenary

@ Bar Council, Distillery Buildings, Church Street, Dublin 4pm Sat 25 Nov

Tommy Graham, Editor of History Ireland magazine, will host a discussion on this subject with Patrick Gageby, Sylvie Kleinman, David Dickson and Michael Finucane.

 



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The last train from Bundoran

@ Railway Heritage Festival, Eclipse Cinema, Bundoran, Co. Donegal 8pm Sat 30 Sept

2017 marks 60 years since the closure of the Great Northern Railway and the last train to leave Bundoran station. Tommy Graham, Editor of History Ireland magazine, led a Hedge School discussion panel that included Marc Geagan, Peter Rigney, Jonathan Bardon and Hugh Dougherty. They discussed the genesis, ramifications and consequences of the closure of the railway. Click HERE to hear full recording

‘Keeping the head down’? — Protestant folklore Project

14th September 2017
@ Cavan County Museum, Virgina Road, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan.

When one thinks of folklore study and folklore collecting south of the border, the Protestant community is not normally the first sector of society to spring to mind. A major collecting project being undertaken by the National Folklore Collection, focusing on Irish Protestants as a cultural group, seeks to redress this imbalance. In this ‘decade of centenaries’ what does it tell us about Protestants in independent Ireland? Did the new state live up to the non-sectarian ideals of the 1916 Proclamation (‘cherishing the children of the nation equally)? History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, was joined for a lively and enlightening round-table discussion by Deirdre Nuttall (National Folklore Collection), Niall Meehan (Griffith College), Críostoir MacCartaigh (National Folklore Collection), Malachy Hand (Loughcrew Megalithic Centre) and Ian D’Alton (TCD).

This History Ireland Hedge School was supported by the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and hosted by Cavan County Museum. Click HERE to hear full recording

History Ireland Hedge School @ Mindfield, Electric Picnic

3pm Sun 3 Sept

The Bolshevik Revolution — in the dustbin of history?

In the face of claims of the total triumph of neo-liberal capitalism and a generation after the collapse of the Soviet Union, how should we mark the century of the Bolshevik Revolution? Should it be consigned to the ‘dustbin of history’ — or can it be recycled? History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, was joined for a no-holds-barred discussion with John Horne (historian, TCD), Oliver Eagleton (playwright & activist), Brian Hanley (historian, Uni. of Edinburgh) and Frank Barry (economist, TCD). Click HERE to hear full recording

‘Poet of the blackbirds’ — the life and death of Francis Ledwidge

@ Richmond Barracks gymnasium, Inchicore, Dublin 8. 7pm Thurs 27 July

‘[I was] astonished by the brilliance of that eye and that had looked at the fields of Meath and seen there all the simple birds and flowers, with a vividness which made those pages like a magnifying glass, through which one looked at familiar things for the first time.’

So wrote Lord Dunsany, patron of the poet, Francis Ledwidge. How had this self-educated labourer, the eighth of nine children, who left school at 13, emerged as one of Ireland’s most notable war poets? What were the contradictions in the life of this trade unionist, Gaelic Leaguer and Irish Volunteer, who ended up joining the Royal Enniskilling Fusiliers and dying in the Third Battle of Ypres on 31 July 1917. To discuss these and related matters History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, was joined for a lively round table discussion with Michael O’Flanagan, Eunan O’Halpin, Miriam O’Gara-Kilmurray, and Liam O’Meara.

Three of Ledwidge’s poems set to music were performed by Mezzo soprano Miram O’Gara-Kilmurry, accompanied by Irish composer and pianist Michael Holohan and Rebecca Draisey-Collishaw on the cor anglais (English Horn).

Supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Click HERE to hear full recording

Ireland and Europe: then and now

@ Micheál Ó Clérigh Summer School, Franciscan Friary, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
3.45pm Sat 13 May

Declán de Breadún (Irish Times), Alan Titley (UCC), John McCafferty (UCD), Mark Empey (NUIG) joined Hedge School master Tommy Graham of History Ireland to debate this topic.Click HERE to hear full recording

Ireland and the United States from 1917 to Trump

@ the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street
recorded at 7pm Tuesday 23 May

The centenary of the entry of the United States into the WWI provides a timely opportunity to review the ‘unique relationship’ with Ireland. But it was not always close or cordial. The 1916 Rising had cast Ireland’s ‘exiled children in America’ in the role of potential subversives, in league with Imperial Germany. After the war, to their great disappointment, Irish nationalists discovered that President Woodrow Wilson’s advocacy of self-determination did not apply to the subject nations of the victorious Allied powers. Relations reached their nadir with US ambassador David Gray’s ‘American note’ of February 1944, implicitly threatening violation of Ireland’s neutrality unless Dublin’s Axis missions were expelled. Things only improved in the wake of JFK’s 1963 visit, and, notwithstanding continuing popular opposition to US foreign policy, particularly during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bushe, reached their high-point with the ‘shamrock diplomacy’ of the Clinton era. But where stands the ‘unique relationship’ in the wake of the election of the xenophobic and protectionist Donald Trump? To discuss these and related matters join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, fwas joined by Michael Kennedy (RIA’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), Bernadette Whelan (UL), Patrick Geoghegan (TCD) and John Borgonovo (UCC).Click HERE to hear full recording

Ireland, the United States and the war at sea, 1917

Recorded @ CAFE Readers’ and Writers’ Festival, Cobh Library, Co. Cork
7.30pm Thur 4 May

(100th anniversary of the arrival of the US navy into Cork)
This History Ireland Hedge School was supported by the Commemorations Unit, DAHRRG

1917 was the pivotal year of the First World War. At its outset German U-boats were inflicting huge damage on Allied shipping, while in the land war the loss of one ally, Russia, was not compensated by the gain of another, the United States. How did the Allies swing the balance in their favour by the year’s end, particularly at sea? How central was Ireland (and Cork in particular) in this conflict? To address these and related questions History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham was joined by John Borgonovo (UCC), Michael Kennedy ( RIA’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), Jennifer Wellington (UCD) and Michael Martin (Titanic Trail).Click HERE to hear full recording

‘Now you see them…now you don’t’: women in the Irish Revolution

@ Mechanics Institute, Middle Street, Galway
(in association with the Women’s History Association of Ireland)
Recorded on Friday 21 April at 8pm

One of the features of last year’s 1916 centenary commemorations was the extent to which the role of women in the national movement was acknowledged. Their role intensified in the immediate aftermath of the Rising, particularly since hundreds of male activists were in jail. Why then were women subsequently marginalized? Did they voluntarily step back into the shadows or were they elbowed aside? To discuss these and related matters History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham was joined by Mary McAuliffe (UCD), Linda Connolly (NUI Maynooth), Elaine Sisson (IADT, Dún Laoghaire), and Conor McNamara (NUIG).Click HERE to hear full recording

Reflecting on the Reformation

A History Ireland Hedge School recorded at at Belfast Fest. of Ideas & Politics, Conor Hall, Belfast Campus, Ulster University, York Street

Sun 26 March

It is 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of his Wittenberg church, attacking the Catholic Church’s corrupt practice of selling ‘indulgences’ to absolve sin, setting in train the Protestant Reformation. But was that really about religion — or a cynical power-grab by some of the princes of Europe? Or was it an early manifestation of Brexit — disillusionment of the periphery with the perceived corruption of the cosmopolitan centre? What is its relevance today? Discussing these and related matters moderated by History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, were Hiram Morgan (UCC), Bronagh McShane (NUI Galway), Pat Coyle (Irish Jesuit Communications), and Revd Brian Kennaway (Irish Association, Former President).Click HERE to hear full recording

‘Coming and going’ — Ireland and migration today

@ National Library, Kildare Street. 7pm Tues 21 Feb.
(In conjunction with Beyond Leaving at the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar)

In the c. 120 years after the Great Hunger, half of the people born in Ireland ended up somewhere else. In previous centuries there had been waves of inward migration — Vikings, Normans, English, Scots, Huguenots, etc. But Ireland is not unique — the history of humanity has been a history of migration, of coming and going. The Celtic Tiger years witnessed a net inflow of people to Ireland for the first time in centuries, whilst its collapse has seen a revival of emigration, the subject of David Monahan’s current photographic exhibition. Ffor this round table discussion, History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, was joined by Mary Corcoran (Prof. of Sociology, Maynooth University), Susan McKeown (Grammy Award-winning singer & migrants’ rights activist), Joanna Siewierska (PolsksaEire festival).Click HERE to hear full recording

Ireland & the UK from 1916 to Brexit

@ the London Irish Centre, Camden. 7pm Wed 25 January 2017.
At the heart of the past year’s commemoration of the 1916 Rising has been consideration of Ireland’s evolving relationship with the United Kingdom — from being an integral part of it, to Home Rule devolution (realised in the North but not in the South), to Commonwealth dominion, sovereign republic (albeit partitioned), and finally co-members of the European Union. An implicit assumption in this exercise has been the contrast between an Irish state of flux and the apparent stability of the UK. Brexit has now turned this assumption on its head, with major implications for the European Union, the Northern Ireland peace process and the UK itself.

To discuss these and related matters History Ireland editor Tommy Graham was joined for a lively round table discussion by Dan Mulhall (Irish ambassador to the UK), Mary Kenny (writer & journalist), Michael Kennedy (Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), and Martin Mansergh (vice-chair of the Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations). Click HERE to hear full recording

The Battle of the Somme on film

@ The Kevin Barry Room, The National Concert Hall, Dublin. 6 pm, Saturday 19 November.
Tommy Graham with Dr Kevin Rocket (TCD), Jennifer Wellington (UCD), Lar Joye (National Museum) and Tom Burke (Royal Dublin Fusiliers Assoc. and UCD) discuss The Battle of the Somme film (1916) that was shown in the National Concert hall after this Hedge School. For more details see: http://www.somme100film.com/somme100film/.  Click HERE to hear full recording

‘All changed, changed utterly…’? Ireland 1916-18

7pm on Tuesday 8 November 2016 @ the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street
The contrast between the apparent indifference (hostility even) of the public response to the Rising of Easter 1916 with the landslide victory of Sinn Féin in the general election of December 1918 seems to bear out the famous lines of W.B. Yeats. But was the change as dramatic as it seemed or the result of ‘a long gestation’? And if there was a change what were the developments that led to it? To discuss these and related matters History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, is joined for a lively round table discussion by Mary McAuliffe (UCD Womens’ Studies), Brian Hanley (contributor, Atlas of the Irish Revolution), Fearghal McGarry (Queen’s University, Belfast), Padraig Yeates (A City in Civil War).Click HERE to hear full recording.

Keeping the head down — Protestants in Independent Ireland.

Saturday 5 November at the Allingham Festival, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
Tommy Graham returns to his native Ballyshannon once again with the History Ireland Hedge School. This year’s topic has a particular resonance in a border town like Ballyshannon. He is joined by Brian Hanley, Jonathan Barden and Niall Meehan to discuss this difficult and contentious issue. Due to technical difficulties the recording ends just before the end of the discussion on 46 minutes.Click HERE to hear full recording.

The Somme: an ambiguous legacy

A History Ireland Hedge School in conjunction with the National Library of Ireland
Fought between 1 July and 1 November 1916 the Somme Offensive was one of the bloodiest battles in history, costing the lives of more than 1.5 million men. On the first day alone the British Army suffered c. 60,000 casualties, many of them members of the 36th (Ulster) Division, and later soldiers of the 16th (Irish) Division were involved. While the involvement of the former continues to be extensively commemorated (especially in the North), Southern nationalist involvement has left a more ambiguous legacy. To explore the latter and related matters History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, Tom Burke (Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association), Lar Joye (National Museum), David Murphy (Maynooth) and Jennifer Wellington (UCD) joined a large audience at the National Library of Ireland on 19 July 2016 at 7pm.Click HERE to hear full recording.

The Belfast Blitz (75th anniversary)

A History Ireland Hedge Achool @ Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum, 21 Talbot Street, Belfast BT1 2LD, Thursday 5 May at 7pm
History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, was joined for a Hedge School on the bombing of Belfast during WW II by Brian Barton (The Blitz: Belfast in the War Years), Ciaran Elizabeth Doran (Curator Northern Ireland War Memorial), Michael Kennedy (RIA’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), and Peter Collins (St. Marys College).Click HERE to hear full recording.

Women of the South: Radicals and Revolutionaries

@ English Market, Cork. 6pm Thur 12 May
Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland chaired a lively discussion with Linda Connolly, John Borgonovo, Mary McAuliffe and Claire McGing addressing a number of themes relating to Irish women’s activism. These included: Suffrage, Cumann na mBan in Munster, The historical importance of socialist feminism in Ireland, The conflict between nationalist feminists and suffrage, The historical significance of Mary McSwiney and other forgotten activists in Cork and Why were women /Irish feminists so profoundly marginalised in the post independence period? ‘Women of the South’: Radicals and Revolutionaries is a collaboration between Farmgate Café and a group of scholars/writers with expertise in Irish women’s history and writing. There are two interacting elements: (1) an exhibition of photographs and political imagery; a historical timeline; and a ‘roll of honour’ listing of all Cork Cumann na mBan members in the café/the English Market; and (2) a series of associated public engagement and cultural events, supported by an interactive website with digitised images, historical material and texts.Click HERE to hear full recording.

Women of the Irish Revolution—Constance Markievicz

@ Lissadell House, Lissadell, Co Sligo. 15 May 2016, 3pm
In the early twentieth century thousands of Irishwomen participated in the Irish nationalist, labour and cultural movements of the day. However, except for a few notable exceptions, much of their work and activities were subsequently forgotten or overlooked in the historical record.

History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, chaired a lively discussion on the contributions of these heretofore forgotten women with particular reference to Countess Markievicz. He was joined by Mary McAuliffe (UCD, Richmond Barracks 1916 ‘We were there’ – 77 women of the Easter Rising), Margaret Ward (Queen’s University Belfast, Unmanageable Revolutionaries’: women and Irish Nationalism), Lauren Arrington (University of Liverpool, W. B. Yeats, The Abbey Theatre, Censorship and the Irish State: adding the half-pence to the pence) and Laura McAtackney (Aarhus University, Gender, incarceration and power relations during the Irish Civil War 1922–23).

This History Ireland Hedge School was part of the 1916-2016 Commemoration Ireland’s Women: revolution and remembrance weekend organised by the Sligo Field Club. 13 – 15 May, Lissadell House, Lissadell, Co Sligo. Click HERE to hear full recording.

Dublin 1916: What was it like?

@ Trinity College, Thomas Davis Theatre, 28 March 2016
Introduced by Tommie Gorman, Northern Editor, RTÉ
Tommy Graham (Editor, History Ireland) with Dr John Gibney (TCD/Glasnevin Trust), Prof. Lucy McDiarmid (Montclair University, New Jersey, former President of the American Conference for Irish Studies), Dr Mary McAuliffe (School of Social Justice/Women’s Studies UCD), and Joseph E.A. Connell Jr (Who’s Who in the Dublin Rising 1916) discussed what Dublin was like at the time of the Easter Rising.
Click HERE to hear full recording.

The rise and fall of Nelson’s Pillar

@ National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street Mon 14 March 2016 @ 7pm
Who was Horatio Nelson and why did his naval victory over the French at Trafalgar in 1805 provoke a craze for building monuments throughout Britain and Ireland? The first, a ‘Nelson arch’, was erected at Castletownshend, Co. Cork, within days of the victory, and by 1808 ‘Nelson’s Pillar’ was erected in Dublin’s Sackville (now O’Connell) Street. From the start it was a controversial and polarizing monument and eventually fell foul of a republican bomb in March 1966, shortly before the official commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Discussing Nelson, the Pillar and the atmosphere of 1966 Ireland, were History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, with Donal Fallon, Fergus Whelan, Dennis Kennedy and Carole Holohan.Click HERE to hear full recording.

Glasnevin in 1916; 1916 in Glasnevin

@ Glasnevin Museum, 2pm Sunday 10 April 2016
Over the course of the Easter 1916 Rising in Dublin nearly 500 people were killed, half of them civilians. Most of them were buried in Glasnevin, the city’s largest cemetery. What were the practicalities involved in coping with the extra intake? Who ended up being buried there and how were they subsequently commemorated (or not in some cases)? To discuss these and related questions join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, for a lively round table discussion with Conor Dodd (Glasnevin Trust), Joe Duffy (Children of the Rising: the untold story of the young lives lost during Easter 1916), John Gibney (Glasnevin Trust/TCD), and Liz Gillis (Women of the Irish Revolution).Click HERE to hear full recording.

Women of the Irish Revolution

A History Ireland Hedge School in association with Fingal Libraries, at Ardgillan Castle, Skerries, Co. Dublin on Saturday 5 March
Hedge School master Tommy Graham discussed Women of the Irish Revolution with Mary McAulliffe, Fearghal McGarry, Margaret Ward and Ailbhe Rogers.Click HERE to hear full recording.

Whose Diaspora is it anyway?

16 January 2016 at the Bundoran Cineplex, Donegal
Tommy Graham (editor of History Ireland) chaired a discussion on the Irish diaspora with:
Liam Kennedy Director, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin
Micheál Ó hÉanaigh Stiúrthóir Fiontraíochta, Fostaíochta agus Maoine, Údarás na Gaeltachta
Mary Hickman, Professor of Irish Studies and Sociology, St Mary’s University, London
Barbara Franz, Professor of Political Science, Rider University New Jersey USA
Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe Journalist and Author
Click HERE to hear full recording.

The 1916 Proclamation: then & now

@ Parish Centre, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow. 4pm Saturday 27 February
Hedge School master Tommy Graham discussed The 1916 Proclamation: then & now, with Liam Kennedy, Padraig Yeates, Robert Ballagh and Linda Connolly.
Part of a 1916 seminar run by The Roundwood and District Historical and Folklore Society.Click HERE to hear full recording.

The Somme: what actually happened?

@ Ulster Canal Stores, Clones, Co. Monaghan 7pm Fri 5 Feb 2016
Hedge School master Tommy Graham discussed The Somme: what actually happened?, with Lar Joye (National Museum), Jason Burke (Queen’s, Belfast), and George Knight (Clogher Historical Society).
Hedge School funded by the Commemorations Unit, Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht.Click HERE to hear full recording.

From popular culture in the Great War to the Great War in popular culture

@ National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 7pm Tues 1 Dec.
Maurice Walsh, John Horne, Angus Mitchell and Jennifer Wellington Click HERE to hear full recording.

 

A strange kind of glory: the Easter Rising in Co. Galway and its context

@ Mechanics Institute, Middle Street, Galway 8pm Tues 17 Nov
Tommy Graham with Conor McNamara, Una Newell, John Cunningham, Jackie Ui Chionna Click HERE to hear full recording

Patrick Pearse: proto-fascist eccentric or visionary?

@ Red Line Book Festival, Civic Theatre, Tallaght 8pm Thur 15 Oct
Joost Augusteijn, Roisin Higgins, John Gibney, Ruth Dudley Edwards
This podcast was recorded at The Red Line Book Festival 2015 at The Civic Theatre, Tallaght by South Dublin Libraries & Arts.’
Click HERE to hear full recording

1916 Outside Dublin

Allingham Festival, Ballyshannon, 7 November 2015
Tommy Graham, with Jonathan Bardon, Marc Geagan, John Gibney and Conor McNamara. Click HERE to hear full recording

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: his life and afterlife

@Glasnevin Cemetery Visitor Centre, 7 pm, Thursday, 17 September 2015 Hedge School master Tommy Graham with historians Judith Campbell, Gabriel Doherty, Shane Kenna and Conor McNamara.
(note: owing to a technical hitch, the first few minutes are missing from this recording) Click HERE to hear full recording

History versus archaeology: is it like Neanderthal versus Homo Sapiens?

@ Rathmichael Summer School, National School, Stonebridge Road,Shankill, Co. Dublin, 8pm Fri 21 Aug Franc Myles, Tom Condit, Seán Duffy, Robert Chapple and Tommy Graham in the chair
Listeners please note: only the first half of this is available following an equipment outage, but worth a listen anyway. Click HERE to hear full recording

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa: his life and after-life

@ National School, Reenacreena, West Cork. 7.30pm Sat 11 July Judith Campbell, Conor McNamara, Shane Kenna. Click HERE to hear full recording

Wellington, Waterloo and Ireland

@ History Festival of Ireland, Borris House, Co. Carlow. 7pm Fri 5 June Patrick Geoghegan, Jane Wellesley, Lar Joye, Hugh Gough. Click HERE to hear full recording

Yeats 150

@ National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. 7pm Fri 12 June Roy Foster, Catriona Crowe, P.J. Mathews & with readings by Theo Dorgan. Click HERE to hear full recording

War and peace—the North-west during the Second World War

@ Guild Hall, Derry 3pm Sat 16 May Michael Kennedy, Pauline Mitchell, Joe O’Loughlin, Emmet O’Connor. Click HERE to hear full recording

Ireland in the ’70s

@ Mechanics Institute, Galway, 8pm Fri 24 April Brian Hanley, Eamonn McCann, Tom Inglis, Sarah-Anne Buckley. Click HERE to hear full recording

The road to Gallipoli

@ National Library, Kildare Street. 7pm Tues 14 April. Tommy Graham with John Horne, Lar Joye, Myles Dungan Click HERE to hear full recording

Was the Easter Rising justified?

As part of the RTÉ ‘The Road to the Rising’ Event, Gresham Hotel, 3.30pm Monday 6 April 2015 History Ireland Hedge School —Was the Easter Rising justified? Panellists: Ronan Fanning, Felix Larkin, John Borgonovo, Padraig Yeates with Tommy Graham in the chair. Click HERE to hear full recording

Remembering 1916: the Easter Rising, the Somme and the
politics of memory

@ Ulster Museum, Belfast, 7pm Thur 26 March Roisin Higgins, Guy Beiner, Dominic Bryan, Tom Hartley, Jason Burke.
Click HERE to hear full recording

The Emigrant’s Song: the impact of Irish music on American culture

Atlantic Aparthotel, Bundoran, Co. Donegal Sat 17 Jan @ 3pm From Ulster Presbyterian emigration in the eighteenth century to the Appalachians and the Ozarks—and the subsequent evolution of country and bluegrass—to Irish Catholic emigration in the nineteenth century to Boston, Chicago and New York, waves of Irish emigrants have had a huge effect on the evolution of music in America, including cross-fertilization with blues and jazz (and later provoked, ironically, in the twentieth century, an anti-jazz campaign in Ireland). This in turn had an impact on the advent of rock and roll and its evolution from blues with the subsequent impact on popular culture, including in Ireland. To discuss these and related questions join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham and a panel of experts: Mick Moloney (NYU), Marc Geagan (Northwest Regional College, Derry), Charlie McGettigan (1994 Eurovision winner), Rory Corbett (NUI Galway) and John Dempsey (Texas University).” Click HERE to hear full recording

Hedge School: Policing in Ireland 1814 – 2014

@ National Museum of Ireland-Country Life, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, 16 January, 2015 Tommy Graham with Conor McNamara, Jim Herlihy, Sarah-Anne Buckley and John Cunningham Recent controversies over penalty points and Garda ‘whistle-blowers’ have focused attention on an institution that we all take for granted. Yet Ireland’s first police force, the Peace Preservation Force, is a little over two centuries old. What went before? Why was it established? In what ways did the later Royal Irish Constabulary diverge from other police forces in the United Kingdom? How was it possible, in the midst of a civil war, for the Irish Free State to set up an unarmed ‘civic guard’? Discussing these and related matters were History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, and his panel of experts—Jim Herlihy (Garda Siochána Historical Society), John Cunningham(NUI Galway), Sarah-Anne Buckley (NUI Galway) and Conor McNamara (Notre Dame).Click HERE to hear full recording

The Northwest at war 1914–18

@ Allingham Festival, Ballyshannon, Abbey Arts Centre, Sunday 9 November 2014 Jeff Kildea, Jonathan Barton, Quincey Dougan and Marc Geagan Click HERE to hear full recording

Hedge School, Dublin @ War 1914-18

National Library of Ireland 25 Nov Click HERE to hear full recording

The Northwest at war 1914–18

@ Allingham Festival, Ballyshannon, Abbey Arts Centre, Sunday 9 November 2014 Jeff Kildea, Jonathan Barton, Quincey Dougan and Marc Geagan Click HERE to hear full recording

Protestant republicans & Catholic royalists: legacies of the Glorious Revolution

@ Verbal Arts Centre, Bishop Street Within, Derry Sat 21 June, 7.30pm Sylvie Kleinman, Breandán MacSuibhne, Ian McBride, John Gibney Click HERE to hear full recording

Brian Boru: Imperator Scotorum or local warlord?

@ Wood Bros Café, Féile Brian Boru,Killaloe, Co. Clare, Sat. 5 July, 7pm with Seán Duffy, Pat Wallace and Cathy Swift Click HERE to hear full recording

Carlow History Festival Hedge School

History Festival of Ireland, Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow, Sun 8 June Show bands, beat bands & ballads: youth culture of the ’60s & ’70s Tommy Graham with Carole Holohan, John Ryan (ex-Granny’s Intentions), Niall Toner, Donal Fallon Click HERE to hear full recording

Before Banna: politics, society & sport in Kerry 1912–1916

Roger Casement’s landing and arrest at Banna Strand has assured Kerry a place in the narrative (and song) of the 1916 Rising. The county was equally prominent in the War of Independence and in the Civil War, which was particularly bitter in the county. But what was happening before 1916? Was Kerry always a bastion of republicanism (or of Gaelic football)? What was the level of support for the Irish Parliamentary Party or British Army recruitment? To discuss these and related matters join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, in a lively round table discussion with: Richard McElligott (Forging a Kingdom: the GAA in Kerry 1884–1934) John Borgonovo (UCC) Padraig Óg Ó Ruairc (OPW) Tim Horgan (The Men Will Talk To Me: Kerry interviews by Ernie O’Malley) and Tommy Graham Opening address by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Click HERE to hear full recording

‘To hell or to Kimmage’: planning outcomes of the 1913 Church Street disaster

National Library, Kildare Street, Tuesday 21 Jan 7pm Panel: Ellen Rowley, Ruth McManus, Mary Daly and Chris Corlett with Tommy Graham Click HERE to hear full recording

Volunteers 1913: two traditions or one?

@ Belfast City Hall, Tues 10 December 6pm Lar Joye, Michael Laffan, Timothy Bowman, Philip Orr

Click HERE to hear full recording

Ballyshannon & the Erne scheme: dammed or damned?

@ Allingham Festival, Ballyshannon, Abbey Centre, Sat 9 Nov 5.30pm Tommy Graham with Brian Drummond, Michael Kennedy, Jonathon Bardon, Pauraic Travers Click HERE to hear full recording

RT+MK+TGJFK, Ireland and the world

Hedge School at the National Library, 22 October. Speakers: Ryan Tubridy, Robert Schmuhl , Michael Kennedy and Carol Holohan     Click HERE to hear full recording

Dancing by the sea: the rise and fall of the showband scene

recorded on 17 August @Heritage Festival, Kitchen Bake (old Methodist Hall) Tommy Graham in the Chair with Pascal Mooney, Marc Geagan, Gerry Gallagher, Charlie McGettigan Click HERE to hear full recording

JFK in Ireland: style or substance?

@ the Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co. Laois Sun 1 Sept 2.45pm Michael Kennedy, Donal Fallon, Carole Holohan, Brian Hanley Click HERE to hear full recording

History Ireland Hedge School – Dún Laoghaire

History Ireland Hedge School @ 1913 Centenary Weekend, Assembly Room, Rathdown County Hall, Dún Laoghaire Sat 24 Aug 2.30pm Looking at the Lockout Tommy Graham in the chair with Padraig Yeates, Eamon McCann, Brian Hanley, Ann Matthews Click HERE to hear full recording

History Ireland Hedge School – Famine

History Ireland Hedge School @ the History Festival, Duckett’s Grove, Co. Carlow recorded Sat 15 June The Famine: a series of unfortunate events or genocide? Tommy Graham in the chair with Robert Ballagh, Meredith Meagher, Mike Murphy and Conor McNamara Click HERE to hear full recording

History Ireland’s 20th Anniversary Hedge School

‘Too many histories . . .’? surveys of the past generation Recorded at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 (in association with the Irish Association and Dept. of Foreign Affairs) on 16 May 2013. Ireland’s leading historians discussed the major narrative histories of the past generation. Joe Lee (Ireland 1912–1985: Politics and Society, 1990), Éamon Phoenix (Northern Nationalism: Nationalist Politics, Partition and the Catholic Minority in Northern Ireland 1890–1949, 1994), Diarmaid Ferriter (The Transformation of Ireland 1900–2000, 2004), and Mary Cullen (Telling It Our Way: Essays in Gender History, 2013) Click HERE to hear full recording

Strumpet City: was it like that?

‘One City, One Book’,

Recorded at the Gilbert Library, Pearse Street Sat. 27 April, 3.45pm

with Francis Devine, Ann Matthews, D.R. O’Connor Lysaght & Niamh Puirséil

Click HERE to hear full recording

Genealogy: what does it think it is?

The National Library, Kildare Street, Wednesday 6 February 2013. With Brian Donovan (findmypast.ie), Fiona Fitzsmons (Eneclann), John Grenham (Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland) and Michael Merrigan (Genealogical Society of Ireland) To hear the complete event click here

Ulster Covenant 1912: an exercise in democracy or reaction?

The National Library, Kildare Street. Wed. 28 Nov 2012 with Peter Collins (St Mary’s Belfast), Tom Hartley (Sinn Féin), Brian Kennaway (Irish Association) and Philip Orr (New perspectives: politics, religion and conflict in mid-Antrim) Click HERE to listen to this lively discussion Peter Collins (St Mary’s Belfast), Tom Hartley (Sinn Féin), Brian Kennaway (Irish Association) and Philip Orr (New perspectives: politics, religion and conflict in mid-Antrim)

Ballyshannon, the Border and the Board: the past 100 years

Recorded at @ The Allingham Arts Festival, Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Sat. 10 Nov. With Anthony Begley (Ballyshannon: genealogy and history), Marc McMenamin(journalist) and Joe O’Loughlin (Voices of the Erne Corridor) Click HERE to hear an audio of this Hedge School

The Beautiful Game or the Garrison Game

Recorded at Phizzfest, community arts festival, at Dalymount Park, the Home of Irish Football Donal Fallon (Come Here To Me blog), Brian Trench (Media Officer, Bohemian FC), Tommy Graham (History Ireland), Paul Rouse (sports historian, UCD), and David Toms (Waterford supporter & UCC) address the topic of ‘The Beautiful Game or the Garrison Game?’. This was a very well-attended History Ireland hedge school at Phizzfest, community arts festival, at Dalymount Park, the Home of Irish Football. The event took place in the Jodi Stand’s Block G on Saturday’ afternoon of September 8th 2012. Click here to hear full recording Recorded by Andy Donlan for Bohemian Football Club.

Home Rule: lost opportunity or sell-out?

Recorded at the National Library, Kildare Street With Brian Hanley, Dermot Meleady (Redmond: the Parnellite), Margaret O’Callaghan (QUB) and Padraig Óg Ó Ruairc (UL) Click here to hear the full recording

Remembering the Ulster Covenant

Recorded at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal with Brian Kennaway (Irish Association), Éamon Phoenix (Stranmillis), Margaret O’Callaghan (QUB) and Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc (Uni. of Limerick). Click here to hear the full recording


History Ireland at Electric Picnic 2012, No.1

‘Racism and the Irish: perpetrators or victims?’ Click here to hear the full recording

History Ireland at Electric Picnic 2012, No.2.

‘From the Liberty Boys to the Westies’.

A discussion on gang violence in Ireland historically, held on the Sunday of Electric Picnic 2012. Click here to hear the full recording

From Jacobitism to Jacobinism: a reconsideration,

with Billy Kelly, Éamonn Ó Cíardha, Richard Doherty and Hiram Morgan. 21 July 2012 at the Battle of Aughrim Interpretative Centre, Aughrim, Co. Galway. To listen to a sound recording click on the link below Click here to hear the full recording


Irish Army deserters and the morality of neutrality.

Venue: National Library of Ireland, Date and time: 7.30pm Wednesday 16 May Brian Girvin (Uni. of Glasgow), Michael Kennedy (RIA, Documents of Irish..


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The War of Independence:‘four glorious years’ or squalid sectarian conflict?

Recorded 11 January 2012 at the National Library

No God and two St Patricks: the national day and the national saint

‘Master’ Tommy Graham conducts a History Ireland Hedge School at the National Library of Ireland on 15 March 2011. With Tommy are Elva Johnston (UCD), Canon Adrian Empey (Church of Ireland Theological College), Mike Cronin (Boston College), Eamon Delaney (Sunday Independent).

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The War of Independence in Cavan/Monaghan

Recorded in Cavan Museum, Ballyjamesduff, 19 April with Matthew Lewis and Fearghal McGarry, both of Queen’s University, Belfast; Pádraig Ó Ruairc (Author of ‘Blood on the Banner’) ; and Aogán Ó Fearghall, President of Ulster Council GAA. Click here to hear the full recording

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Latest audeo upload on Ireland and the American Civil War

Recorded in Waterford Saturday 10 March 2012 withTom Bartlett (University of Aberdeen), Lar Joye (National Museum of Ireland) and Jack Burtchill (local historian). Click here to hear the full recording

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Latest audeo upload on the War of Independence

Recorded in Clifden 7pm, Friday 16 March 2012 with Mary Harris (UCG), Conor McNamara (Notre Dame), Cormac Ó Comhraí and Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc (UL). Click here to hear the full recording

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The Enigma of Frank Ryan

—hear our Hedge School on this film Click here to hear the full recording


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