QUB Talks 100: “The Partition of Ireland. Causes and Consequences”

During 2021 Queen’s University Belfast is hosting a series of online talks to mark the 100th anniversary of the Partition of Ireland. In each online talk a leading academic will address a major theme. Subjects covered in the series will include the complex origins and legacies of partition, the experience of minorities, the Irish border in literature, and class-based and gender-based dimensions.

10. Partition: Imperial Contexts
21 June 2021, Prof Richard English, Queen’s University Belfast

9. The IRA and the Partition of Ireland
21 June 2021, Prof Richard English, Queen’s University Belfast

8. Class in Northern Ireland, a family history
14 June 2021, Prof Henry Patterson, Ulster University

7. “Our church will never perish out of this land”: the southern Irish Protestant experience of partition
7 June 2021, Dr Marie Coleman, Queen’s University Belfast

6. Northern Ireland: the UK’s first example of devolution
31 May 2021, Prof Graham Walker, Queen’s University Belfast

5. Partition and the Southern Irish Protestant experience
24 May 2021, Prof Roy Foster, University of Oxford

4. Gender and partition: ‘it’s a queer sort of existence this’
17 May 2021, Prof Diane Urquhart, Queen’s University Belfast

3. The Partitionist Mentality
10 May 2021, Prof Diarmaid Ferriter, University College Dublin

2. Partition and the Two Irelands
3 May 2021, Prof Mary E. Daly, University College Dublin

1. Home Rule and the Ulster crisis
26 April 2021, Prof Paul Bew, Queen’s University Belfast

Introduction
Prof Richard English


Audio Podcast

Professor Richard English – The IRA and the Partition of Ireland QUB Talks 100 – The Partition of Ireland: Causes and Consequences

Contributor: Professor Richard English Talk Title: The IRA and the Partition of Ireland Talk Synopsis: This talk explores the ‘substantial and complex politics that lay behind the IRA’s violence’. It focusses on the views and outlook of Ernie O’Malley and Peadar O’Donnell and suggests that there was a paradox inherent in their politics inasmuch as what was ‘alluring to the followers of Irish republicanism’ was ‘off-putting and repellent to those of a unionist tradition’. It also looks at the politics of the Provisional IRA and suggests that violence (from whatever source) had the effect of deepening polarisation and division ‘on this island and these islands more broadly’. And it concludes by making a case for ‘historical and contemporary empathy’ and the benefits of a ‘patient and listening approach’ to the concerns and experiences of others. Short Biography: Richard English is Professor of Politics at Queen's University Belfast. His books include the award-winning studies Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Further Reading: Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA – Richard English Radicals and the Republic: Socialist Republicanism in the Irish Free State 1925-1937 – Richard English Ernie O'Malley: IRA Intellectual – Richard English On Another Man's Wound – Ernie O'Malley The Gates Flew Open – Peadar O'Donnell Frank Ryan – Fearghal McGarry
  1. Professor Richard English – The IRA and the Partition of Ireland
  2. Professor Henry Patterson – Social Class: A Family's Story
  3. Dr Marie Coleman – Partition and southern Irish Protestants
  4. Professor Graham Walker – Northern Ireland: the first example of UK devolution
  5. Professor Roy Foster – Partition and the Southern Irish Protestant experience
  6. Professor Diane Urquhart – Gender and Partition
  7. Professor Diarmaid Ferriter – The Partitionist Mentality
  8. Professor Mary E. Daly – Partition and the Two Irelands
  9. Professor Lord Bew – Home Rule and the Ulster Crisis