Dividing Ireland Conference

Wednesday 17 Feb 2021 - 2:00pm to Friday 19 Feb 2021 - 4:00pm

An online conference exploring the road to and legacy of the partition of the island of Ireland 100 years ago.

Join us from 2pm - 4pm GMT on the 17th & 19th of February 2021 as our two panels of expert commentators, historians and academics examine the road to and legacy of the partition of the island of Ireland and creation of the Northern Irish state 100 years ago.

Taking place via Zoom webinar, this online conference is part of a programme of events in conjunction with the Tower Museum Derry-Londonderry's latest exhibition 'Dividing Ireland - The Origins, Impact and Legacy of Partition'. Details of how to join the webinar will be emailed to ticket holders a few days in advance and audience questions are encouraged to be submitted via the twitter hashtag #DividingIreland


Panel 1: The Road To Partition

17th February 2021, 2pm - 4pm GMT

From 1912 to 1920-21, Ireland experienced major political and social change, including the creation of two new political jurisdictions on either side of an uncertain border line.

This panel reflects on the political and social developments of the 1910s, culminating in the creation of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State, and the partition of the island reflecting these constitutional changes.


Panel 2: The Legacy of Partition

19th February 2021, 2pm - 4pm GMT

This panel explores the impact of the constitutional changes that took place in Ireland in the early 1920s, including discussion of life and politics in Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State.

We will look at the legacy of partition with a focus on how it impacted the newly created border communities and how the new governments north and south built two very different political jurisdictions and cultures. The panel also discusses how this impacted on people on both sides of the border.



Susan McKay, Dr. Margaret Ward, Dr. Robert Lynch, Dr. Myrtle Hill, Dr. Johanne Devlin-Trew, Prof. Brendan O’Leary, Dr. John Regan


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This event is part of the Understanding the Decade of Commemorations project, delivered by the Nerve Centre in partnership with the Tower Museum. The project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), match-funded by The Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.