Protestant republicans & Catholic royalists at VAC

Protestant republicans & Catholic royalists - eminent historians all set for weekend event

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A packed house is expected for Saturday’s History Ireland Hedge School which takes place here at the Verbal Arts Centre on Saturday 21st June at 7.30pm. The event is organised by the national bi-monthly magazine, History Ireland, working in concert with the Irish Association and Derry’s City Walls Heritage Project. Appropriately for the end of Community Relations Week, the theme for the event in Derry will be “ Protestant republicans & Catholic royalists: legacies of the Glorious Revolution”.

The event will be moderated by Tommy Graham,  Editor of History Ireland and a presenter of 106-108 FM Newstalk’s ‘Talking History’. The panel will consist of Dr Breandán MacSuibhne, Assistant Professor of History, Centenary College, NJ; Dr Sylvie Kleinman, Centre for War Studies, Trinity College Dublin; Dr John Gibney, online editor for the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ website; and Professor Ian McBride, Professor of Irish and British History, King’s College, London.

From its beginnings at the Electric Picnic Festival and the Dublin Phizzfest in 2010, the History Ireland Hedge Schools events have  grown in popularity as the format appeals to a wide audience—the mixture of an expert panel and active audience participation in the debate makes a lively, entertaining and informative event. 

Tommy Graham, History Ireland Editor, explained, "The History Ireland Hedge School title reflects and harks back to the unofficial hedge schools of 18th and 19th century Ireland, where travelling teachers taught people in the open, before the official national school system was set up in the 1830s. The Hedge School format aims to bring history alive for today’s audiences by providing lively, unfettered debate on topics of interest to national and local communities. Given that the  Siege of Derry was a key  part of the ‘Glorious Revolution’, which overturned many fundamental political and religious assumptions within these islands, Derry was the obvious  place to host this Hedge School.”

With financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Community Relations Council and Department of Foreign Affairs, the History Ireland Hedge School is free to attend but booking is essential.  The event will be preceded by a reception at 7.00pm. 

Mark Lusby, Heritage Officer, City Walls Heritage Project added: “ The City Walls Heritage Project aims to promote at the present-day heritage value of the City Walls at the same time as unpacking their contested history. So we were pleased to work with History Ireland to bring to Derry this Hedge School focusing as it does on  the impact and legacy of the Glorious Revolution, both locally and nationally.“

Places must be booked by emailing

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