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Pathways from a Troubled Past

Date: Wednesday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th October and 7th November 2018

Time: 7.30pm–9.30pm Sharp (Registration: 7.00pm–7.30pm)

Cost: Contributions – Subsidised by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

Dr Éamon Phoenix

Northern Ireland: From Welfarism to Civil Rights and The Troubles (1945 – 1985)

Pathways from a Troubled Past

Dr. Éamon Phoenix returns to Tara to continue the Autumn Wednesday evening series of interactive Seminars on the historical context in which we live our lives on this part of the island of Ireland. The aim of the workshops is to promote a reconciled society through an informed understanding of our shared history. There will be a focus on the 50th anniversary of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights movement and we will have an opportunity to:

  • examine the nature of politics, the economy and society in Northern Ireland in the critical decades after the Second World War;
  • focus on such issues as the nature of Stormont rule, the impact of the Welfare State and free education on society and the development of Unionist, Nationalist and Labour politics by the 1960s;
  • explore the role of the Westminster government, community relations, and the state of North-South relations forty years after partition.

Can we shape a better and more reconciled society from our difficult past?

A warm Tara Centre welcome is extended to people of all traditions, (and/or no tradition at all), who wish to explore this vital background to modern Ireland. No previous knowledge of Irish history is assumed or required.

Refreshments: Tea & Coffee provided from 7.00pm-7.30pm during Registration
Note: Attendance on all five nights is strongly recommended though not essential.

“History says, don’t hope
On this side of the grave, But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.”
Seamus Heaney

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