Antrim and Down Branch Western Front Association
Antrim and Down BranchWestern Front Association   

2019 Speaker programme

14 February

John Powell, 'Haig's Tower of Strength: General Sir Edward Bulfin'.

14 March

Dr Emmanuel Destenay, University College Dublin, 'The Homecoming of Ex-Servicemen to Ireland'

11 April, AGM (details on the website)

Margaret Graham, 'WW1 Nurses-the Northern Ireland Connection' 

9 May, afternoon half day branch Spring Conference, ‘ The Consequences of War’, 2 – 4.30 pm at PRONI (directions below)

Speakers to include (tbc):

Dr William Butler (University of Kent) on the British army mutinies of 1919.
Dr Mario Draper (University of Kent) on the Connaught Rangers in India, 1920.
Dr Stefanie Linden (Maastricht University) on shell shock during the First World War and after.
Dr Patricia Marsh (PRONI) on the flu epidemic in Ulster in 1919.

13 June

Mike Taylor, Beyond the Somme - 'Brig-Gen Frank Crozier and the Welsh Bantam Brigade'.

July and August

No meeting

12 September

Michael Nugent, ‘It was an awful Sunday': the 2nd Inniskillings at the Battle of Festubert, May 1915.

5 October (Saturday ), all-Ireland WFA branch one day conference, To End All Wars? The Aftermath and Legacy of The First World War

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Registration at 09:30am
Venue: Dublin Port Company, Port Centre, Alexandra Road, Dublin 1.

Tickets (including tea/coffee) can be purchased at… 
or at the door.
Price: €15.00

- Prof. Gary Sheffield, (University of Wolverhampton, President of the WFA): ‘Hinge of the 20th Century: The Aftermath of the First World War’
- Gerry White, (Island of Ireland Trustee, WFA): 'From Gunner to Guerrilla - Tom Barry's Road to Rebellion'
- Lar Joye, (Heritage Director at Dublin Port): ‘A Divided Company - Dublin Port and the Impact of the First World War’
- Dr. Darragh Gannon, (Queens University, Belfast): ‘Beyond Versailles: Ireland's Global Revolutionary Moment’
- Dr. Jennifer Wellington, (University College Dublin): ‘Exhibiting War: The Great War, Museums, and Memory’
- Chair: Dr Brendan O’Shea, (European Trustee, WFA)llow

10 October

John Green, 'Willie Redmond and the Great War'.

14 November, 2pm to 4.30pm, Winter conference at PRONI. 

The conference is free but people are advised to book (

The commemorations of events in Ireland between 1912 and 1921, the so-called ‘Decade of Centenaries’ has raised awareness of the history of this period and provoked debate on their long-term consequences. This conference and workshop is intended to help those who want to undertake further research in the period. It will feature speakers from PRONI and other repositories and researchers who will talk about their own work and suggest lines for future research. The conference will be chaired by Dr Timothy Bowman, University of Kent. 


No meeting

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