Full line-up for Speaking Ill of the Dead
The historians contributing at the Hinterland Festival on 22nd June, and their intended victims...
Catriona Crowe – Edward Carson – barrister, cabinet minister, unionist leader who began his public life as prosecutorial tormenter of Parnellites in the 1880s, became Oscar Wilde’s nemesis before leading the unionist opposition to Home Rule from 1912
Eamon Darcy (Maynooth University) – James Butler, Duke of Ormonde – Royalist warlord, leader of the Cavalier forces in Ireland against the army of Oliver Cromwell. Although Earl of Ormond, he became Duke of Ormonde. So how did he acquire the ‘e’.
Myles Dungan - Richard Pigott – the journalist, pornographer and conman who sold his newspapers to the Land League in 1881 and became the most notorious forger of the nineteenth century when he implicated Parnell in the Phoenix Park murders.
Diarmuid Ferriter (University College, Dublin) - Archbishop John Charles McQuaid – whether as President of Blackrock College or Archbishop of Dublin, McQuaid wielded pen and crozier in the service of the Roman Catholic Church and 19th century values.
Peter Frankopan (Oxford University) - Bohemond I of Antioch – leader of the First Crusade, who was, literally, a bastard. His involvement in the First Crusade probably had less to do with regaining the Holy Land for Christianity than with gaining some less holy land for Bohemond.
Glen Gendzel (San Jose State University) – ‘Mr.Dooley’ – the fictional creation of the great Chicago journalist Finley Peter Dunne, was an Irish bartender who did not have a good word to say about anybody in American public life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Paul Rouse (University College, Dublin) – Michael Cusack – co-founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884, himself an excellent athlete, but not such a good role model or all round great guy.
Jennifer Wellington (University College, Dublin) – Charles de Gaulle – soldier and statesman, leader of the French resistance movement in WW2, first President of the Fifth Republic, arch conservative progenitor of the student/worker Paris riots of 1968, but was he right to say ‘Non’ to the UK entering the EEC?
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