Two talks: 75th Anniversaries of significant Polish actions in WWII

Two upcoming talks by historian James Durney in late August and early September on World War Two should be of particular interest to the Polish community. The talks commemorate Polish involvement in significant Allied actions towards the end of the war. Details below:

God, Honour, Country – The Polish 2nd Corps at the Battle of Monte Cassino, 1944.

Date/Time: Tuesday 27 August 7.00pm
Venue: Naas Community Library

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary, historian James Durney will give an illustrated talk on the Polish 2nd Corps at the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944.

This is a free event, although booking is required.
Tel: 045 879111
email: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie

The Shortest Way – The Polish Brigade at the Battle of Arnhem, 1944.

Date/Time: Tuesday 3rd September 7.00pm
Venue: Newbridge Community Library

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary, historian James Durney will give an illustrated talk on the 1st (Polish) Independent Parachute Brigade at the Battle of Arnhem in 1944.

This is a free event, although booking is required.
Tel: 045 448353
email: newbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie

Seascapes and Townscapes – Ports and the Nineteenth-Century City

IHTA Public Lecture and Seminar 2019
16–17 May 2019
Convened by the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) in collaboration with the British Historic Towns Atlas/Historic Towns Trust (HTT)
Royal Irish Academy in association with Dublin Port Company

All free to attend, booking essential
Details:

The Shaping of Dublin Port (Public Lecture)
by Professor Colm Lennon, MRIA
Date: 16 May 2019
Time: 18.00
Venue: Dublin Port Company HQ

Free to attend, booking essential. (Click here to book for The Shaping of Dublin Port)

The Shaping of Dublin Port public lecture will officially open the annual Irish Historic Towns Atlas Seminar ‘Seascapes and Townscapes—Ports and the Nineteenth-Century City’ that will take place on the 17 May 2019 in the Royal Irish Academy. This lecture, hosted by Dublin Port will be held in Dublin Port Company HQ where Professor Lennon will look at the evolution of Dublin’s port and will set the tone for the seminar that will be looking at comparative ports in Ireland, Britain and continental Europe. Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company will give some welcoming remarks.

Seascapes and Townscapes – Ports and the Nineteenth-Century City (Seminar)
Date: 17 May 2019
Time: 9.30 – 17.00
Venue: Dublin Port Company HQ

Attendance free, booking essential. (Click here to book for Seascapes and Townscapes)

Click here for seminar programme

Where townscapes meet seascapes, ports are a significant feature of our nineteenth-century urban inheritance. The topographical, environmental and cartographical impact of ‘the port’ is well represented in the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series, as exemplified by the IHTA published fascicles for Dublin, Belfast, Derry~Londonderry, Drogheda, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Youghal; Cork, Dungarvan and New Ross forthcoming.

The 2019 annual seminar of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas will explore the evolution of port topography on the island of Ireland, as well as its associations with the broader nineteenth-century urban experience, in Britain and in Europe, since ports act as the gateways connecting Irish towns and cities with wider worlds.


Dynasties: Family Politics in Medieval Europe

The James Lydon Lectures in Medieval History and Culture 2017
FREE Public Lecture: 
Dynasties: Family Politics in Medieval Europe
By: Professor Robert Bartlett
Monday 24 April 2017 at 7 pm
Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre (Room 2043)
Trinity College Dublin

Register now through Eventbrite.

About the 2017 Lydon Lectures

Monarchies are now rare in the world, numbering around twenty in a system of almost 200 independent states, but for hundreds of years monarchy was the way that politics worked in most countries. And monarchy meant power was in the hands of a family – a dynasty – and hence politics was family politics. It was not elections or referenda that shaped political life, but the births, marriages and deaths of the ruling family. This added further unpredictability to the unpredictable business of ruling.

These lectures discuss this past reality systematically as it is found in medieval Europe. Starting with a general lecture examining the issue from the point of view of the life cycle of marriage, birth and death, the later talks focus on specific aspects of the dynastic system: the possibility of female rule; the unpredictable intrusion of pretenders, who claimed to be (perhaps falsely) long-lost members of ruling dynasties; and the way that names, the numbering of rulers and the visual display of heraldry expressed a sense of belonging to a dynasty.

About the Lydon Lecturer 2017

Robert Bartlett is Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a Fellow of the British Academy. His books include The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350, which won the Wolfson Literary Prize for History. He has lectured widely, from New Zealand to Chile, from Japan to California, and has written and presented three television series for the BBC, “Inside the Medieval Mind” (2008), “The Normans” (2010), and “The Plantagenets” (2014).