Welsh think tank Gorwel’s St Patrick’s Day lecture
Ireland, 1916-2016: Determining its own destiny?
Reflections on how Wales and Ireland may form a closer relationship post Brexit
Prof Diarmaid Ferriter University College Dublin
On the 16th March 2017, Gorwel hosted at Cardiff Metropolitcan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff one of Ireland’s top historians – Prof Diarmaid Ferriter University College Dublin. In his talk Prof Ferriter examined:
1 Just how successful has this independence project been over the last century?
2 Were the promises and the aspirations of independence met?
3 Did Ireland succeed in proving that its departure from the British Empire would allow it to become a successful, sovereign and prosperous state?
4 Was joining the EU the logical culmination of the Irish struggle for independence or an illustration of its limitations?
5 What was involved in British-Irish relations after independence and where do they stand now?
6 Reflections on how Wales can develop its relationship with Ireland post Brexit.
7 What idea there might be to develop this co-operation in the areas of education, culture and commerce.
This lecture explored these questions and others and looked at some of the key themes, milestones and personalities associated with the Irish quest for self-sufficiency and sovereignty and the extent to which there was a gulf between rhetoric and reality in the pursuit of political, economic and cultural independence. There was also a reflective part where Prof Ferriter used his own experience to explore how the Welsh – Irish relationship can be improved across a number of areas.
Prof Diarmaid Ferriter and Adam Price AM
David Melding AM and Prof Diarmaid Ferriter