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Documents on Irish Foreign Policy and 1960s America: what Irish diplomats saw and heard

Tuesday 29 November at 8.15pm in the Sheraton Hotel Talk by Dr John Gibney Summary Documents on Irish Foreign Policy publishes archival records relating to Ireland’s foreign relations since 1919. Established as a partnership between the Royal Irish Academy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Archives, … Continue reading

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Colony to March: the borderlands of the lordship of Meath in medieval Ireland

Wednesday 2 November at 8.15pm in the Sheraton Hotel Talk by Rory Masterson Summary – The talk will focus on the political and religious settlement of the western edges of the Anglo-Norman lordship of Meath. The talk examines the nature and extent of Anglo-Norman colonisation of the baronies of … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher and Ireland: 

The Story of the Negotiation of the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985 Wednesday 5 October at 8.15pm in the Sheraton Hotel Talk by Frank Sheridan William English Memorial Lecture: 2020-2022 Summary – The Anglo-Irish Agreement (AIA) signed by Garret FitzGerald and Margaret Thatcher on 15 November 1985 was unique … Continue reading

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The Last Ice Age in Westmeath

Tuesday 17 May at 8.15pm in the Sheraton Hotel Talk by Dr Robert Meehan Summary – The last ice age set in about 120,000 years ago and was at its peak by about 29,000 years ago. Such was the extent of ice – up to 1km – that … Continue reading

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Westmeath: History and Society

You may be interested in the launch of the following publication, which was part-sponsored by the Old Athlone Society: Westmeath: history and society Interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county– edited by Seamus O’Brien The publication will be launched … Continue reading

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Glasson: a settlement history, 1600-1900

Wednesday 22 March at 8.15pm in the Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone Talk by Dr Aengus Finnegan Summary – This lecture will discuss the development of settlement in Glasson and the surrounding area from the year 1600 to around 1900. Glasson is commonly thought to be … Continue reading

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The Handover of Custume Barracks

Lectures to mark the handover of Custume Barracks from British to Irish forces. That day, 28 February 1922, was one of the most remarkable days in Athlone’s long history. It was a day of marches and speeches, music and singing, cheering … Continue reading

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From Westmeath to Mount Everest: the 1921 reconnaissance expedition

Wednesday 17 November at 8.15pm in the Sheraton Hotel Talk by Frank Nugent Summary – In September 1921, a small group of mountaineers reached a ridge high in the Tibetan Himalayas. Rising before them was the greatest mountain of them all: Chomolungma to the Tibetans, Sagarmatha to the … Continue reading

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The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962

Tuesday 26 October at 8.15pm in the Sheraton Hotel Talk by Mr Justice Peter Charleton, Supreme Court Summary – This lecture, including images, sound and video, is about the event which came closest in human history to starting a nuclear war: the secret placement by the … Continue reading

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Future Lectures

All forthcoming lectures have been cancelled, including: ‘Ireland during the Renaissance’ by Prof Patricia Palmer and ‘Margaret Thatcher and Ireland: the story of the negotiation of the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement’ by Frank Sheridan. We hope to reschedule some of these … Continue reading

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