Title: Creating a Counter-State: Establishing and Building Dáil Éireann.
Speaker: Dr. Will Murphy
Wednesday August 28, Town Hall, Balbriggan at 8.00pm
Admission €5, Members free
This talk will examine the establishment of Dáil Éireann in January 1919. It will explore the context in which this new representative body was created. It will ask what those who created it hoped to achieve and how they communicated this, particularly at the first meeting. Finally, it will consider how a successful Dáil Éireann and its departments was a mechanism for challenging the existing state in Ireland.
Will Murphy is a lecturer in modern Irish history at Dublin City University. His most recent book, co-authored with Anne Dolan, is Michael Collins: the man and the revolution (Collins Press, 2018). In 2014 his Political Imprisonment and the Irish 1912-1921 was published by Oxford University Press. He has published numerous articles, including contributions to The Atlas of the Irish Revolution and the Cambridge Social History of Ireland.