Ireland is the home of my forebears on both sides of my family, Catholic and Protestant, and hence is part of the reason for my interest in the subject. In simple terms Ireland’s history is long, complex, violent and bloody, and much of it revolves around conflicts by the native Catholic people of the island to self-govern themselves in the face of a variety of foreign invaders, most particularly and recently the Protestant British. In the process of carrying out my research and seeking an introduction for the history of Ireland, I concluded that a reasonable understanding of the subject might be gained by commencing with a brief study of Northern Ireland as it is today, with the issue of Brexit. This Brexit policy dispute which is in the process of resolution (or NOT), provides just one more of many examples of what can be termed the ‘Irish Problem’. From our perspective as students of Irish history, the Brexit situation provides us with an interesting example of live history in the making. Armed with a basic background knowledge of contemporary Northern Ireland we will then go back in time and explore how the history of events in Ireland transpired to culminate in the island’s reaching of its current impasse.
Coordinator: Vince Black
Venue: AWCC, 63 High Street, Wodonga
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 3:30pm (Term 4)
Starting: 9th October 2019