DeValera And Our Turbulent ’30s

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DeValera And Our Turbulent ’30s

Details of this year’s annual La Touche Legacy’s Festival Of History has just been announced.

And this year, it’s hard times for the country, as the organisers set out to explore Ireland Through The Turbulent ’30s.

Taking place in September on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, here’s the blurb…

The Chairman of the La Touche Legacy, George Jones said, “Since we have moved onto the ’30s, it is only natural Eamon DeValera – who was the dominant figure having come to power at this time – would be centre stage of this year’s seminar. From RTE’s Prime Time, David McCullagh will be returning to the festival with his second instalment of DeValera Rule 1932- 1975, whilst the prominent media commentator and barrister Noel Whelan will also give a lecture on Dev and The ’30s.

Chairperson of Greystones Archaelogical & Historical Society, Rosemary Raughter, commented, “In addition to both of these lectures, like all Festival of History weekends, there are many other interesting talks on the Friday & Saturday, including the Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture on Saturday by Dr Margaret Ward, giving her views on Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, whilst Bray-born Professor Ferghal McGarry, now working in Queen’s University, Belfast will present his talk Ireland’s View of Fascism & Communism.

The weekend lectures will be rounded off with historian John Dorney’s talk on Franco’s Irish Volunteers, and Dr. Claire McGing of NUI Maynooth on Widows and Daughters In Dail Eireann.

The seminar dinner will take place on the Saturday night, at 8pm, in Greystones Golf Club. Tickets available at usual prices – €30 for all lectures is €30, €50 for all lectures plus seminar & dinner. To book, call 012875678 or 012876694, or you can email

You can view the full timetable here, jump back here, and check out our May 2017 interview with ringleader George Jones here.

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