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fionabyrne

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Re: Series of talk on outbreak of First World War in the Ulster Museum
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2014, 09:18:45 AM »
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First Lecture is on tonight in the Ulster Museum at 7pm - FREE admission.
 
Dr William Mulligan from University College Dublin will explore how and why Europe descended into war in August 1914.
 
http://www.nmni.com/um/What-s-on/Talks---Lectures/The-Road-to-War
 

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Re: Series of talk on outbreak of First World War in the Ulster Museum
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 11:47:39 AM »
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First Lecture is on tonight in the Ulster Museum at 7pm - FREE admission.
 
Dr William Mulligan from University College Dublin will explore how and why Europe descended into war in August 1914.

       

I would love to have attended that, Fiona. There are wars and there are wars and then there is World War 1.

I don't usually conform to national gestures, but I lit a little candle and I contemplated my own life and those kids who gave their lives for my freedom the other day.

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Re: Series of talk on outbreak of First World War in the Ulster Museum
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2014, 04:35:58 PM »
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I would love to have attended that, Fiona. There are wars and there are wars and then there is World War 1.

I don't usually conform to national gestures, but I lit a little candle and I contemplated my own life and those kids who gave their lives for my freedom the other day.

I did not conform in the same way, stickleback but I have always looked at WWI as a terrible and somewhat confusing set of circumstances in any case. Those complexities are compounded [as usual] in our convoluted history. What transcends all of that and is worthy of marking - irrespective of one's precise take on the war - is the bravery and the purity of intention of the soldiers who remain noble in spite of the mistakes of others. I am very heavily into the war poetry - the protest and the patriotic- and into trying to explain to young people the contradictions of our situation in the broad context of Europe at the time.

I cannot go to the talks but encourage anyone to attend. To seek to understand more fully why soldiers endured what they did is one of the best ways to do them justice.