Renowned Irish historian discusses Partition – how and why Ireland was divided

One of Ireland's foremost historians, Ivan Gibbons, will be sharing his knowledge and research findings online at Luton Irish Forum's latest cultural seminar.  Taking place on 3rd December 2020, 7pm - 9pm the talk accompanies the release of his book ‘Partition, How and Why Ireland was Divided’.

A hundred years ago, Ireland was partitioned into a unionist north and a nationalist south. What began as an expedient and temporary political device to resolve conflicting tensions inside the United Kingdom was to become a permanent international frontier between two sovereign states, and Britain’s only land border with the European Union.

The passion and emotion felt about partition has not dissipated in the intervening century; it is as controversial now as it was then. To mark the centenary, this concise introductory history explains why Ireland was partitioned and how the two states on the island were created.

Tom Scanlon, Chair of Luton Irish Forum said, "We're looking forward to welcoming people to what promises to be an illuminating and thought-provoking exploration of Irish political history."

This free online Zoom event is open to everyone, advance booking is essential. Book via Eventbrite or via or phone 01582 720 447.

Attendees will be able to purchase ‘Partition’ at a special discounted rate of £9.75 (saving 25% on the £12.99 RRP – discount code will be sent to attendees)

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For anyone who is unable to join us online they can request a free DVD recording of the event and order a copy of ‘Partition’ via or phone 01582 720 447.

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Editors Notes:

IVAN GIBBONS is a lecturer in Modern Irish and British history specialising in the relationship between the British Labour Party and Ireland. He was lecturer and MA and BA programme Director in Irish Studies at St Mary’s University. Among his publications are The British Labour Party and the Establishment of the Irish Free State (2015) and Drawing the Line: The Irish Border in British Politics (2018).


Partition - Eamon de Valera, centre, with several of his advisors in Dublin on Jan. 30, 1922. The other men are, left to right, Harry Boland; Art O’Brien, S.T. Kelly and Count O’Byrne.


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