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The  Irish War of Independence in the Midlands:

A conference organised by the old Athlone Society to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the war.

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The War of Independence in the Midlands

Attached you should find the application form for the conference which will be held on Saturday 26th November in Custume Barracks, Athlone.. Places are limited to 100 which is the capacity of the auditorium.

There is a good train and bus service to Athlone the timetables can be accessed on www.irishrail.ie and www.buseireann.ie

I would be much obliged if you could circulate to the members of the club.

Regards

James Langton

09.00 Registration.
09.30 Welcoming address & opening of conference. Dr John Keane, President,The Old Athlone Society.
09.40 Keynote address. Dr Margaret O’Callaghan.
10.30 Coffee break.
11.00 Forsaking Nationalists for Republicans:watershed elections in the midlands, 1917-20. Dr John Burke.
12.00 The geography of revolution – the case of County Longford, 1917-21. Dr Marie Coleman.
13.00 Lunch break.
14.00 The War of Independence in Westmeath and South Roscommon. Ian Kenneally.
15.00 Afternoon tea.
15.20 ‘ .. he goeth before them; and the sheep follow him’ the role of GHQ organisers and the Offaly IRA’s War for Independence 1918-21.
Philip McConway.
16.20 Understanding British military operations in Connaught and the midlands during the War of Independence, 1919-21. Dr William Sheehan.
17.00 General discussion & close of conference. Dr Harman Murtagh, President,Military History Society of Ireland.
19.00 Conference dinner. Prince of Wales Hotel.
Speakers
Dr Margaret O’Callaghan teaches politics and history at Queen’s University, Belfast and has previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Notre Dame. She is the author of
numerous essays on aspects of British high politics and the state apparatus in relation to nationalist and unionist political formations in Ireland from the late nineteenth century to the
revolution. She co-edited with Mary E. Daly “1916 in 1966; Commemorating the Easter Rising” (Royal Irish Academy, 2007). Her current research focuses on propaganda wars in the Irish
public sphere and print media and the politics of Irish literature.
Dr John Burke, a native of Athlone, is author of “Athlone in the Victorian Era” (Athlone: Old Athlone Society, 2007). His second book, an assessment of Athlone’s political development
during the period 1900-23, is scheduled for release in 2012.
Dr Marie Coleman lectures in Irish history at Queen’s University Belfast. She is the author of “County Longford and the Irish revolution, 1910-1923” (2003) and “The Irish Sweep: a history
of the Irish hospitals sweepstake, 1930-1987” (2009). Her current research focuses on the position of revolutionary veterans in independent Ireland and she is also writing a textbook on
the Irish revolution, due for publication in 2013.
Ian Kenneally is currently completing a PhD in history at NUI Galway. He previously studied history at UCC and has contributed to a number of studies on newspaper history. He is also
the author of “The paper wall: newspapers and propaganda in Ireland 1919-1921”,“Courage and conflict: forgotten stories of the Irish at war” and “From the earth, a cry: the story of John
Boyle O’Reilly”.
Philip McConway is currently completing a PhD thesis in TCD on the Civil War in Leix, Offaly and North Tipperary. A committee member of Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society
(OHAS) he is a contributor to its journal “Offaly Heritage”.He has previously lectured to the OHAS and Birr Historical Society on loyalism, the National Army, and the IRA in Offaly during the
Irish revolution.
Dr William Sheehan is currently an associate lecturer with the Open University and a research supervisor on the MA in Military History and Strategic Studies at NUI Maynooth. He has
taught at Mary Immaculate College, Griffith College Cork and University College Cork. His publications include:” A hard local war: The British Army and the Guerrilla War in Cork 1919-21”
(The History Press, 2011),“Riotous assemblies: riots, rebels and revolts” (Mercier Press, 2011),“Hearts & mines: the history of the 5th Division in Ireland, 1920 to 1922” (Collins Press, 2009),
“Fighting for Dublin: the British battle for Dublin 1919 – 1921” (Collins Press, 2007) and “British voices from the Irish War of Independence” (Collins Press, 2005).
Further copies of brochure available from www.roscommonhistory.ie/oasconference.htm

09.00 Registration.09.30 Welcoming address & opening of conference. Dr John Keane, President,The Old Athlone Society.09.40 Keynote address. Dr Margaret O’Callaghan.10.30 Coffee break.11.00 Forsaking Nationalists for Republicans:watershed elections in the midlands, 1917-20. Dr John Burke.12.00 The geography of revolution – the case of County Longford, 1917-21. Dr Marie Coleman.13.00 Lunch break.14.00 The War of Independence in Westmeath and South Roscommon. Ian Kenneally.15.00 Afternoon tea.15.20 ‘ .. he goeth before them; and the sheep follow him’ the role of GHQ organisers and the Offaly IRA’s War for Independence 1918-21.Philip McConway.16.20 Understanding British military operations in Connaught and the midlands during the War of Independence, 1919-21. Dr William Sheehan.17.00 General discussion & close of conference. Dr Harman Murtagh, President,Military History Society of Ireland.19.00 Conference dinner. Prince of Wales Hotel.SpeakersDr Margaret O’Callaghan teaches politics and history at Queen’s University, Belfast and has previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Notre Dame. She is the author ofnumerous essays on aspects of British high politics and the state apparatus in relation to nationalist and unionist political formations in Ireland from the late nineteenth century to therevolution. She co-edited with Mary E. Daly “1916 in 1966; Commemorating the Easter Rising” (Royal Irish Academy, 2007). Her current research focuses on propaganda wars in the Irishpublic sphere and print media and the politics of Irish literature.Dr John Burke, a native of Athlone, is author of “Athlone in the Victorian Era” (Athlone: Old Athlone Society, 2007). His second book, an assessment of Athlone’s political developmentduring the period 1900-23, is scheduled for release in 2012.Dr Marie Coleman lectures in Irish history at Queen’s University Belfast. She is the author of “County Longford and the Irish revolution, 1910-1923” (2003) and “The Irish Sweep: a historyof the Irish hospitals sweepstake, 1930-1987” (2009). Her current research focuses on the position of revolutionary veterans in independent Ireland and she is also writing a textbook onthe Irish revolution, due for publication in 2013.Ian Kenneally is currently completing a PhD in history at NUI Galway. He previously studied history at UCC and has contributed to a number of studies on newspaper history. He is alsothe author of “The paper wall: newspapers and propaganda in Ireland 1919-1921”,“Courage and conflict: forgotten stories of the Irish at war” and “From the earth, a cry: the story of JohnBoyle O’Reilly”.Philip McConway is currently completing a PhD thesis in TCD on the Civil War in Leix, Offaly and North Tipperary. A committee member of Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society(OHAS) he is a contributor to its journal “Offaly Heritage”.He has previously lectured to the OHAS and Birr Historical Society on loyalism, the National Army, and the IRA in Offaly during theIrish revolution.Dr William Sheehan is currently an associate lecturer with the Open University and a research supervisor on the MA in Military History and Strategic Studies at NUI Maynooth. He hastaught at Mary Immaculate College, Griffith College Cork and University College Cork. His publications include:” A hard local war: The British Army and the Guerrilla War in Cork 1919-21”(The History Press, 2011),“Riotous assemblies: riots, rebels and revolts” (Mercier Press, 2011),“Hearts & mines: the history of the 5th Division in Ireland, 1920 to 1922” (Collins Press, 2009),“Fighting for Dublin: the British battle for Dublin 1919 – 1921” (Collins Press, 2007) and “British voices from the Irish War of Independence” (Collins Press, 2005).Further copies of brochure available from www.roscommonhistory.ie/oasconference.htm