UCC Conference on Anglo-Irish Treaty Centenary
A Conference hosted by University College Cork, 1-2 October 2021
October 2021 marks the centenary of the Anglo-Irish Conference held in London which lasted from 11 October to 6 December 1921. The negotiations produced the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which created the Irish Free State following its approval by Dáil Éireann.
While this Treaty may be viewed through the prism of the Irish Civil War and the later Northern Ireland Troubles, the negotiations themselves produced their own dynamics. The talks reflected evolving positions on fundamental issues such as empire, citizenship, identity, free trade, the role of minorities, defence and democratic representation.
The University College Cork School of History will host a two-day virtual conference on Friday 1 October and Saturday 2 October to explore these complex issues and the processes of the Anglo-Irish negotiations. Acting in collaboration with the Steering Group of Descendants of the Irish Delegation sent by Dáil Éireann in 1921, Q&A 2:45 – 3:00 Prof Chris Williams (UCC) – ’The Anglo-Irish Treaty in British Political Cartoons’ 3:15 – 3:45 10 minute break Day 2 An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin 10:10 – 10:30 Carol Fawsitt, ‘London 1921: the men and women behind the Plenipotentiaries’ 10:35 – 11:05 Q&A 11:35 – 11:50 [Live In-Person Session, Devere Hall, UCC] 15 minute break and funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, this conference will also seek to understand the involvement of the men and women who formed theIrish Delegation, and their counterparts on the British side. In doing so, it will hope to illuminate the challenges facing the Treaty negotiations and the ways in which thenegotiators sought to resolve them.