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Nenagh conference on the legacies of The Great War

Gerry Coffey at the WWI monument in Nenagh with Nenagh Risings guest speaker Dr Tom Clonan Picture: Gerardine Wisdom

Gerry Coffey at the WWI monument in Nenagh with Nenagh Risings guest speaker Dr Tom Clonan Picture: Gerardine Wisdom

A major conference in Nenagh next month will examine World War I and look at its legacies in today’s global conflicts. The conference, The Unlearned Legacies of War: 1914 – 2014, follows on from the success of last year’s inaugural event, From Lockout to Bailout, which was organised by the Nenagh Risings group.

An impressive line-up of leading commentators, historians and social activists will lead a conversation on The Great War and its effect on Ireland, gaining insights from the untold personal and public stories from a pivotal period of Irish history.

Using 1914 as a backdrop, recent global conflicts will also be examined to explore the legacies that current generations will leave behind and what, if anything, has been learned.

Among the speakers will be Irish Times security analyst Tom Clonan, author of recently published, Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy. Mr Clonan is a regular media commentator, most recently on the conflict in Gaza. He will give an overview of his personal and professional experience of the Irish Defence Forces, from the controversial use of Shannon Airport, to Iraq, Syria and Guantanamo Bay.

Also speaking is Padraig Yeates, journalist, publicist and trade union activist. Author of Lockout and other publications, he will set the scene for 1914-Ireland.

Local acclaimed author Majorie Wharton will give a personal account of her own family’s experience of war; and Philip Orr, historian, community activist and author of Field of Bones: An Irish Division at Gallipoli, will give offer a Unionist perspective of the war.

Nenagh Risings was founded by Gerry Coffey and Kathleen O’Meara. The event will be the second in a series of commemorative events planned for the coming years to mark the revolution and evolution of Ireland reflected in the Decade of Commemorations.

The Unlearned Legacies of War: 1914 – 2014 will be held in Nenagh Arts Centre on September 26, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

 
 
 

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