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3:00pm – 4:30pm, 16 March. Tickets €5

With a panel of guest speakers chaired by Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland, join us for an evening of discussion and reflection on Irish maritime history and heritage, and to explore Ireland’s relationships with the wider world over past centuries and into the future.

In 1986, the prominent maritime historian John de Courcy Ireland wrote: ‘the lives of island peoples like Ireland’s [have] been dominated by the seas encircling them. Yet this fact has been largely ignored by Irish historians.’ This History Ireland Hedge School asks why, three decades later, Ireland’s maritime history and heritage continues to be under-valued. An event as part of St. Patrick’s Festival, panellists will reflect on the potential of a better appreciation of Irish maritime history and heritage, to help improve understanding of Ireland’s relationships with the wider world over past centuries and into the future.