Antrim and Down Branch Western Front Association
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2022  Programme of talks

We are pleased to announce that over 2022 we shall be holding a series of on-line talks with PRONI and other organisations. The programme is listed below with details of how to register. Events will be posted on here as they are organised.

9 February 2022, Dr Brian Feeney, ‘Antrim – The Irish Revolution, 1912-23’

Dr Brian Fenney gives a talk on his recent book ‘Antrim – The Irish Revolution, 1912-23’, published by Four Courts Press.


At the beginning of the twentieth century, Antrim contained the largest Presbyterian population on the island of Ireland. It also contained most of Belfast – the largest city in Ireland – which dominated the economy of the north-east. Belfast was tightly integrated into Britain’s politics and economy, and the vast majority of its inhabitants, who were overwhelmingly Presbyterian and unionist like the rest of the county, were determined to keep it that way. In Antrim there was no land war, the majority of the population supported the Royal Irish Constabulary and Crown forces, and only a minority voted for home rule. Belfast was the centre of Ulster unionist resistance to home rule, and the location of the headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party and the Ulster Volunteer Force. Dr Feeney’s talk will explore how the Ulster Crisis, Great War and Irish Revolution in Antrim shaped the political, economic and social aspects of people’s lives from 1912 to 1923.


Dr Brian Feeney, a political columnist with the Irish News, was Head of History at St Mary’s University College, Belfast for many years. He is co-author of the award-winning Lost Lives: the stories of the men, women and children killed in the Northern Ireland Troubles and author of Sinn Féin: a hundred turbulent years (2002), A Short History of the Troubles (2007), Insider: Gerry Bradley’s Life in the IRA (2011), Seán Mac Diarmada (2014).


This event is taking place on Zoom. Registration closes one hour before the event and an invite link will be sent to everyone registered one hour before the beginning of the event.


To register follow this link:


The other dates for talks are listed below. These shall be populated as speakers are confirmed.


9 March


13 April


11 May


8 June


No meeting in July or August


14 September


12 October


9 November







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