History Federations of Ireland – Joint Seminar

Somme slaughter 1916Years of Endurance

Personalities and Events and their Impact on Irish Family Life 1912-1922

Venue and Date:   Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, Co.Louth

                              Saturday, 5th November 2016

This seminar explored the impact of war and revolution on the lives of ordinary people in Ireland, north and south, during the years 1912-1922. In particular, it examined the effects of two cataclysmic events that occurred in quick succession, the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

Cost:  €25 /£25 (including lunch).


10.00-10.30           Welcome tea/coffee and Registration

Morning Session Chair: Michael Gaynor, FLHS Chairman

10.30-10.45            Official Opening by Mark Deary, Chairperson of Dundalk Municipal District Council.


  • Radical Women1916-1923:Politics – Promise and Loss by
  • Dr. Mary McAuliffe, Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Gender
  • Studies at UCD Women’s Studies, School of Social
  • Policy/Social Justice.


  • The Impact of Rebellion, War and Partition on Women in
  • The North of Ireland 1912-1922 by Dr. Myrtle Hill, former
  • Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies at Queen’s
  • University, Belfast.

12.15-12.45            Summary of morning session with Q&A.

12.45-14.00           Lunch.

Afternoon Session Chair: Pat Devlin, FULS Chairman


  • The Impact of War and its Immediate Aftermath on the
  • Working Class in the North of Ireland by Dr.Peter Collins,  Senior Lecturer in History in St. Mary’s University College, Belfast.


  • Surviving the Revolution by Pádraig Yeates, journalist, historian, author and trade union activist.


  • Summary of afternoon session with Q&A.


  • Plenary Session on The Years of Endurance.

This seminar was organised jointly by the Federation for Ulster Local Studies  (FULS) and the Federation of Local History Societies (FLHS).