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

Luton Irish Forum’s successful annual Cultural Seminar is delighted to welcome one of Ireland's foremost historians, Ivan Gibbons, sharing his knowledge and research online on 3rd December 2020, 7pm - 9pm in a talk accompanying 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 Eventbritehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/128555965353 or via info@lutonirishforum.org 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)

Buy online here: https://www.hauspublishing.com/history-and-biography/partition-how-and-why-ireland-was-divided-by-ivan-gibbons/

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 info@lutonirishforum.org or phone 01582 720 447.

For further information on the services of Luton Irish Forum, visit www.lutonirishforum.org

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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).

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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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