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THE IRISH CONVENTION 1917 by Dr. Ivan Gibbons
Wed 31 May 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
Rattled by the Easter Rising and the subsequent growth of Sinn Fein, The British government and the new Prime Minister, Lloyd George, redoubled efforts to resolve the Irish impasse. For nine months from June 1917 representatives from Ireland's political parties (although crucially not Sinn Fein) together with civic and religious leaders deliberated. They came tantalisingly close to a political solution which however unwieldy was apparently acceptable until it was destroyed by the threat of conscription in 1918. This lecture is the story of that Irish Convention of 1917 which was the final desperate attempt to resolve differences separating Northern (and Southern) unionists from their nationalist fellow citizens before Ireland became overwhelmed by violence and partition.
IVAN GIBBONS studied at Queen's University, Belfast and Birkbeck College, University of London where he gained his doctorate. He is former Programme Director of Irish Studies at St Mary's University, is a Director of the Irish Cultural Centre and is the organiser of the Centre's annual lecture series.
He lectures and writes on British and Irish History and is author of "The British Labour Party and the Establishment of the Irish Free State 1918-1924".