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The Conference fee is €45 (Forty Five Euro). Fee includes conference pack, tea / coffee & light lunch. Conference Dinner is €30 (Thirty Euro) extra. Payment in advance by Euro cheque or money order made out to The Old Athlone Society and sent with this booking form to:

Prince of Wales Hotel. Tel: 090 6476666 ** Conference rate available Web: Raddison Blu Hotel. Tel: 090 6442600 Web: Sheraton Hotel. Tel:090 6451000 Web: Hodson Bay Hotel. Tel: 090 6442020 Web: Shamrock Lodge Hotel. Tel: 090 6492601 Web: See also for B&Bs etc.
** The Prince of Wales Hotel offers a special conference rate for Saturday night: €125 per twin /double room, €85 single room (b&b). Anyone wishing to stay Friday: €85 per twin / double and €65 single (b&b) Please refer to the conference when booking.

The European Commission Representation in Ireland welcomes you to the conference.

Liam Byrne, Dúnmai, Carrowphadeen, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.
Conference places strictly limited to 100 (one hundred) patrons maximum. Strictly first come first served basis. First one hundred payments received secures place. A waiting list may be maintained for late applicants. The organizers are not responsible for payments delayed or lost in the post.

Conference on The Civil War in the Midlands.

Booking Form. I wish to book ____ places for the Civil War Conference on 23rd November 2013 in Athlone. Conference Dinner: YES ___ Number of tickets ___ I enclose cheque / money order made out to The Old Athlone Society for € ____ . Comments: ______________________________ ________________________________________ Please send acknowledgement to the following email address: ____________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Address: _________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ Car Reg *: _______________________________ Telephone: ______________________________
* car registration is essential if you wish to bring it into Custume Barracks.

The National Flag is raised over Athlone Castle by General Seán MacEoin on 28 February 1922.
Design: Liam Byrne – 087 2431240

Custume Barracks, Athlone.
Crowds gather on Athlone bridge to watch the British army depart on 28 February 1922. Athlone is easily reached by car, bus or train from Dublin. For Athlone train timetables see: and for bus times see:

Saturday 23 November 2013. The Old Athlone Society
Founded 1965

Schedule. 0900-0930. Registration. 0930-0940. Welcome and Opening of the conference by Dr John Keane, President, The Old Athlone Society. 0940-1030. Keynote Address. ‘Irish history wars’: fighting Ireland's civil wars by other means? Dr John M Regan. 1030-1110. ‘Politics after the revolution: loyalties, allegiances and the new state'. Dr John Burke. 1100-1140. Tea/Coffee. 1140-1220.‘The Irish Civil War –the conventional warfare phase’. Dr John Borgonovo. 1220-1300. ‘The Catholic Church and the Irish Civil War’. Dr Patrick Murray.
Biographies of speakers.
Dr John M. Regan lectures in Irish and British history at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He has written The Irish Counter-Revolution 1921-36 (Gill & McMillan, 1999) and numerous articles on historiography dealing with the influence of the so called Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ on recent historical writing. His latest book, Myth and the Irish state will be published by Irish Academic Press in November 2013. Dr John Burke is a graduate of GMIT and NUI Galway. A former lecturer in Irish history and Irish literature, his first publication Athlone in the Victorian Era was published in 2007, while his second book Athlone 1900-23: politics, revolution and civil war in Westmeath and Roscommon is forthcoming. He has been engaged by the Four Courts Press to pen the Roscommon contribution to The Irish Revolution 1912-23 Series. Dr John Borgonovo lectures in the School of History at University College Cork. He has published extensively on the Irish Revolution of 1916-1923. His books include Spies, Informers, and the Anti-Sinn Féin Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921 and The Battle for Cork, July –August 1922. His most recent book The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork city 1916-1918, was released by Cork University Press in May 2013. Dr Patrick Murray was born in Athlone and educated locally and at UCG (MA, HDE, PhD) and TCD (MLitt, PhD). A retired secondary teacher and senior lecturer in English at Maynooth his publications include: Oracles Of God: The Roman Catholic Church and Irish Politics 1922-37, (UCD Press 2000), De Valera as Historian (RIA 2001) and numerous books and articles on literary history. Dr Bill Kissane teaches politics at the London School of Economics. He published The Politics of the Irish Civil War, with Oxford University Press, in 2005. He is currently preparing for publication a general book on civil wars and an edited collection on their aftermaths in modern Europe 1917-2011. He will discuss this second project as part of the lecture. Ian Kenneally is currently completing a PhD in history at NUI Galway, where he was an IRCHSS Scholar. He previously completed an MPhil in history at UCC and has contributed to a number of studies on newspaper history, including Irish Journalism before Independence and Independent Newspapers: A History. He is the author of The Paper Wall: Newspapers and Propaganda in Ireland 1919 – 1921, Courage & Conflict: Forgotten Stories of the Irish at War and From the Earth a Cry: The Story of John Boyle O'Reilly. Dr Ann Matthews is a lecturer at NUI Maynooth. She received her PhD from The National University of Ireland in 2004. Her publications include: Renegades: Irish Republican Women, 1900-1922 (2010), Dissidents: Irish Republican Women1922-1941 (2012) and The Kimmage Garrison: Making billycan bombs at Larkfield (NUI Maynooth Local History series, 2010). She also wrote a drama called ‘Lockout’, which was staged at the New Theatre in Essex Street in April 2013 and was booked out for its duration. Currently working o n the history of the Irish Citizen Army 1913-1935. Dr Gavin Foster – Dr. Gavin Foster (PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2009) is Assistant Professor in the School of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. Dr Pat McCarthy was born in Waterford City and educated at Mount Sion CBS. He holds a PhD in Chemistry and an MBA from NUI, Dublin. He is Correspondence Secretary of the Military History Society of Ireland and is a frequent contributor to the Society's journal The Irish Sword and to other journals. He is currently completing a book on Waterford during the War of Independence and the Civil War. He recently retired after a 37 year career in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector.

1300-1400. Lunch. 1400-1440. ‘Civil wars and their legacies in Europe 1917-2011: the uniqueness (or not) of the Irish experience 1922-1923?’ Dr Bill Kissane. 1440-1520. 'Aspects of the Civil War in the midlands'. Ian Kenneally. 1520-1540. Tea/Coffee. 1540-1620. 'Women, internment and the Civil War'. Dr Ann Matthews. 1620-1700. ‘Echoes of conflict: oral history, ‘post memory’ and the meaning of the Irish Civil War’. Dr Gavin Foster. 1700-1730. General discussion and close of conference. Dr Pat McCarthy, Military History Society of Ireland. 1900. Conference dinner – Prince of Wales Hotel.

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