The Anglo–Irish Treaty of 1921–22 provoked one of the most consequential debates on the shape of our country ever to take place, and was the harbinger of civil war.

In this lively discussion from the 2021 Galway International Arts Festival, three eminent historians discuss the Treaty debates, the people who spoke, and the implications of this extraordinary and passionate conversation which preceded the birth of the modern Irish state. Watch above...

They are Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, and Anne Dolan, Associate Professor in Modern Irish History at TCD, in conversation with Gearóid O'Tuathaigh, Professor Emeritus in History at NUI Galway.