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Frank O Connor, The War of Independence, and 'Guests of the Nation'

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Frank O Connor, The War of Independence, and 'Guests of the Nation'

A public lecture by Trinity Long Room Hub Alumna Dr Hilary Lennon as part of the Dublin Festival of History 2019. 

Frank O’Connor had already become head librarian in Pembroke Library in 1928 when he wrote his masterpiece, the war story ‘Guests of the Nation’. Already drifting away from his pre-Treaty active republicanism, in this acclaimed work O’Connor does not indict the Volunteers nor their raisons d’être for war; neither does he justify violence. Instead, difficult questions of loyalty and morality regarding Ireland’s revolutionary past are directed at the reader. Hilary will examine the political context underpinning O’Connor’s thinking in ‘Guests’, while also tracing his own development as a writer in post-independence Ireland.

Campus Location: Off Campus Location
Room: Pembroke Library, Anglesea Road
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but booking is essential)
Contact Name: Dr Hilary Lennon

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