This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War – a war in which many Irish men fought against their compatriots in a conflict often portrayed as a battle over slavery.
Irish impressions of the American War are possibly influenced by seeing Gone with the Wind and readings of the Gettysburg address.
To get a wider and more accurate picture of the conflict Daonscoil Osraí is commemorating the anniversary by holding two lectures on the subject during the weekend October 7 to 9.
The first lecture ‘as Gaeilge’ will be given in Butler House on Friday (8.30pm) by Dr Una Ní Bhroiméil entitled ‘Cogadh cinniúnach – gnéithe den Chogadh Chathartha a mhúnlaigh Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá’. This lecture will be preceeded by reception and official opening at 8pm.
The second lecture at the same venue will be on Sunday (3pm).This lecture ‘Traces of Long Ago. The Irish Brigade at Antietam and Fredericksburg’ will be delivered by Niamh O’Sullivan.
To complement both lectures a bus trip under the guidance of Pat Nolan will start from Dean Street on Saturday (2pm). All are welcome.