Mid Ulster District Council is organising a series of talks around the Decade of Anniversaries (1912-1923).
The series of talks and discussions deal with the historical facts that mark the key shifts in society that happened during this turning point in history and give meaning to the events that happened across the divide, helping to promote a deeper understanding of our shared history and culture.
From 1913 the dark shadow of partition or ‘exclusion’ hung over the North of Ireland in face of determined Ulster Unionist resistance to Home Rule.
This talk from Dr Eamon Phoenix will trace the evolution of partition from the ‘County Option’ proposals of 1914 to the nal the Government of Ireland Act in 1920. It will consider the impact on Irish politics of the change in the balance of power at Westminster, the ‘acreage’ question and the success of Craig in shaping the nal Act.
Nationalist reactions, the impact of the Treaty, the Craig-Collins Pacts of 1922 and the collapse of the Boundary Commission will be highlighted.