Arts and Cultural Events

1972: Ireland Votes for Change

UCC Library is proud to present an exhibition marking the 45th anniversary of three Irish referendums of May and December 1972, 'Into Europe', 'Votes at 18' and 'Article 44'.

UCC Library marks the 45th anniversary of three seminal referendums in Irish history with an exhibition in the Boole Library. These referendums, held in May and December 1972, allowed for Ireland's entry into the European Economic Community, now the EU, the lowering of the voting age to 18, and the removal of the special position of the Catholic Church from the Irish Constitution, Article 44. This exhibition was made possible by the donation of the Neville Keery archival collection to UCC Library. Mr. Keery, retired since 2001, was a Senior European Commission Official and a member of the Senate in Ireland from 1969 to 1973. His active role in the 1972 referendums is reflected in this exhibition and in his archival collection, which will be open for public consultation from January 2018. The exhibition features photographs, campaign material, original publications, clips from an exclusive interview with Mr. Keery filmed in UCC, specially commissioned commentaries not only by contemporaries of 1972 but current day commentators and organisations, reflecting how the referendums effected Irish society, and on loan for display a 'Euro Baby' medallion, gifted to all children born on the date of Ireland's accession to the EC, 1st January 1973.

Category: Arts and Cultural Events:
Time: Opening hours of the Boole Library (check website)
Location: Exhibition area, Q Floor, Boole Library, UCC Main Campus
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Emer Twomey
021 490 3475

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