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Lunchtime lecture series marking 100 years of Irish foreign policy

29 August 2019

Join the authors of our forthcoming book Ireland: a voice among the nations and explore how Ireland has engaged with the wider world over the past century.

Thursday, 19 September, 1 p.m.: John Gibney (DIFP), ‘Sinn Féin ‘diplomats’ and the Irish revolution, 1919-23’

Thursday, 26 September, 1 p.m.: Kate O’Malley (DIB), ‘Radicals to statesmen: relations between Ireland and India, 1919-64’

Thursday, 3 October, 1 p.m.: Michael Kennedy (DIFP) ‘Women in Irish diplomacy’

Ireland: a voice among the nations will be published in late October. However, lecture attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the book ahead of publication.

About the book:
Ireland had a foreign policy and a diplomatic service before there was an internationally recognised independent Irish state. The origins of the modern Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade lie in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs established as one of the first four government departments of the first Dáil in January 1919. This richly illustrated book is a history of Irish foreign policy, rather than an institutional history of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade itself (though the two obviously go hand in hand). It explores how a small state such as Ireland has related to the wider world, by examining how Irish diplomats and politicians responded to the challenges presented by the upheavals of the twentieth century and how this small European state engaged with the world, from the Versailles peace conference of 1919 to the globalisation of the twenty-first century.

This is a centenary project of the Royal Irish Academy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the National Archives.

About the authors:
John Gibney is Assistant Editor with the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series.
Michael Kennedy is Executive Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series.
Kate O’Malley is Managing Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography.

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