DeValera And Our Turbulent ’30s

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DeValera And Our Turbulent ’30s

The final details of September’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…

In a statement, George Jones this week confirmed the final line-up of speakers for the 6th Festival of History/31st La Touche Legacy Weekend.

George said following the sad and sudden death of Noel Whelan, who was due to speak on the Friday afternoon on The ’30s and DeValera, he was delighted to confirm that former government minister and advisor, the noted historian Dr Martin Mansergh had agreed to take the lecture. Martin was the guest speaker at the 2017 seminar, and was very well-received. Speaking of that highly-researched speech, George Jones said, “I am sure that the Greystones audience will be equally enthralled by Dr Martin’s contribution again this year.”

Also confirmed as dinner guest speaker is H.E. Michael Collins, the recently retired Irish Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. Prior to that appointment, Michael was Ambassador to America, following a period working in Dublin on the Good Friday Agreement. During his appointment in Washington, he had dealt with the request for American visas by Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams.

George Jones concluded, “Once more, the La Touche Legacy committee, in association with Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society, have put together a great line-up of speakers, tackling very interesting themes through these varied and challenging lectures.”

Chairperson of Greystones Archaelogical & Historical Society, Rosemary Raughter, commented, “In addition to both of the above 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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