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Trinity in War and Revolution: panel discussion

Panel discussion preceding the launch of Trinity in War and Revolution 1912-1923 by Tomas Irish.

The Launch of 'Trinity in War and Revolution 1912-1923' was preceded by an expert panel discussion in the Printing House, Trinity College Dublin, at 6.30pm on Monday December 7th 2015. 

This book situates the history of Trinity College Dublin within the great upheavals and changes that were taking place in Ireland and the wider world in the transformative period between 1912 and 1923. The period saw Trinity and its environs profoundly changed. The book uses Trinity as a way of exploring some of the central themes and tensions of these years, themes that are usually examined separately: Irish involvement in the First World War; the Easter Rising of 1916; the violent struggle for Irish independence; the end of the Civil War; and the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. It views these events through the prism of the university’s development, arguing that these contexts cannot be divorced from one another. Trinity was at the centre— physically, intellectually, symbolically—of these seismic events in local, national and international history, and each had a great impact upon the institution and its development in the twentieth century.


  • Ciaran Brady (chair), Professor of Early Modern History and Historiography, Trinity College Dublin
  • Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College Dublin 
  • Ronan Fanning, Professor of Modern History, University College Dublin 
  • Dr Tomás Irish (author), lecturer in Modern History, Swansea University 
  • Dr Catriona Crowe, National Archives of Ireland 
  • Dr Anne Dolan, Associate Professor in Modern Irish History, Trinity College Dublin 
  • Dr Caitriona Clear, lecturer in Modern History, National University of Ireland Galway 

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