Brian Hanley is giving this year’ Countess Markievicz Memorial Lecture on the question of whether the Conscription Crisis was the nail in the coffin for Home Rule. Should be well worth attending if you are free

Calling all Ringsenders and people from Pearse Street to tell their stories – Northsiders also welcome

Commemorating so many lost lives in war and peace

Best known as Connolly’s Unionist sparring partner in Belfast Labour Movement but hopefully we will learn a lot more in October

Des Brannigan Exhibition to run until October 22nd and well worth visit by anyone interested in seafarers, trade unions and marine archaeology



Des Branigan Ship Owner, 1918-2016

20 August – 22 October

The irony of the title above would bring a wry smile to the face of Des Branigan who was an ordinary seaman who achieved great things as a trade unionist, archaeological diver and maritime historian. This exhibition conveys a man who was deeply interested in helping people and his role in bringing one of the RMS Leinster anchors to Dún Laoghaire forms part of his fascinating story. Also included is the Des Branigan maritime book collection, donated to dlr LexIcon in 2016. Exhibition curated by Joe Ryan, Irish Coast Guard (retired).

Veteran Military Historian Joe Collins gives his verdict

Veteran Trade Unionist and Men of Many Parts Des Branigan to be Remembered with Dun Laoghaire Exhibition

Mother Jones is Back – for full details of Programme see

A Forgotten Episode of the 1918 Anti-Conscription Campaign

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