Ireland, the Revolution and the First World War. Continuities, Ruptures and Legacies (1913-1919)



Paris, 27 June 2019

09:00. Registration/coffee

09:30. Opening talk: Her Excellence Patricia O’Brien, Ambassador for Ireland to France

Panel One: Ireland in War and Revolution

Chair: Emmanuel Destenay (University College Dublin)

10:00- 10:20: Conor Mulvagh (University College Dublin): Armaments and instability in Ireland on the eve of the First World War

10: 20-10:40. Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London): Dublin’s Great Wars

10:40-11:00. John Borgonovo (University College Cork): The Flying Corps and the Flying Column:  Irish Revolutionaries and First World War Culture

11:00-11:20. Shane Browne (University College Dublin): Ireland’s Fighting Sons

11:20-11:40. Discussion

11:40-12: 10. Round-table: What is left of the 1916 Rising?

Panel Two: Ireland and the Paris Peace Conference

Chair: Anne Goarzin (Rennes University)

13:00-13:20. Gerard Keown:  ‘The most clamorous of all the national groups’. Ireland and the Paris Peace Conference

13:20-13:40. Fearghal McGarry (Queen’s University Belfast). Irish and Korean nationalists in 1919: a Wilsonian moment?

13:40-14:00. Síobhra Aiken (NUI Galway): Revelations and Silences: The First World War in Irish Republican Autobiographies

14:00-14:20. Anne Goarzin (University of Rennes): From the Somme to the Versailles Peace Conference: Wiliam Orpen’s pictorial record of the Great War

14:20-14:50. Discussion

Panel Three: Commemorations, Memories and Representations of the Great War in Ireland

Chair: Cornelius Crowley (Nanterre University)

15:20-15:50. Sylvie Mikowski (University of Reims): Sebastian Barry

16:00-16:20. Antía Román-Sotelo (University of Santiago de Compostela): Reverberations of Trauma through Irish Literature of the Great War

16:20-16:40. Clíona Ní Riordáin (Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle): Remembering the Great War in Irish Children’s Literature

16:40-17:00. Marion Sarrouy (University of Rennes): Commemorating in music: from Ulster’s sacrifice to piper’s courage

17:00-17h30. Discussion

17:30-18:00. Round-table: Sense of belonging: Towards a Collective Memory of the First World War?


We would like to express our gratitude to the Embassy of Ireland to France for their generous funding without which it would have been impossible to organise this event. We are equally thankful to the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris for welcoming the event and to the French Mission du Centenaire (Centenary Partnership Program) for awarding the conference the Centenary Certification (project 07 CONF 118).


Please contact the conference organiser Emmanuel DESTENAY ( to register before 22 June 2019.