Talk ‘Poles Apart on the Border’
Poles Apart on the Border
Exploring the Roles of Craig, Collins, Brooke, Healy and Devlin in the Political Turmoil of 1922
This talk, by Dr Éamon Phoenix, which took place on 27 April, examined the careers and impact of key political leaders in 1922 including Sir James Craig, first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland; Michael Collins, chairman of the Irish Provisional Government; Sir Basil Brooke, Fermanagh landlord and Unionist politician; Cahir Healy, Fermanagh Sinn Fein leader and Joe Devlin, the constitutionalist Nationalist leader.
Dr Phoenix is a former Principal Lecturer in History and Head of Lifelong Learning at Stranmillis University College, Queen’s University, Belfast. He is a member of the Taoiseach’s Expert Advisory Committee on Commemorations and a daily columnist for the Irish News. Dr Phoenix was Resident Historian on the BBC recent podcast series, ‘The Year 1921.’