Tyneside Irish Cultural Society and British Association of Irish Studies Lecture Series 2022

Dr Síobhra Aiken

Remembering the Irish Civil War: Unheard Voices from the Diaspora.

Tuesday 22nd March at 7.30pm ONLINE

The events of the Irish Civil War (192223) are often believed to have been covered in a veil of silence, as public figures and veterans alike preferred to regulate this contentious period to the ‘dustbin of
history’. However, this strong emphasis on silence has occluded the many voices that set out to break the silence. This paper will consider the various ways in which civil war veterans testified to their
wartime experience. Given the high rates of emigration following independence, particular focus will be given to the testimonies of selfidentified ‘civil war exiles’.

Dr Síobhra Aiken is a lecturer in Irish and Celtic Studies in Queen’s University Belfast. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the Adele Dalsimer Prize by the American Conference for Irish Studies in 2021. She has edited two books: The Men Will Talk to Me: Ernie O’Malley’s Interviews with the Northern Divisions (2018) and An Chuid Eile Díom Féin: Aistí le Máirtín Ó Direáin (2018); the latter won the Phelan Conan Award in 2020. Her first monograph, Spiritual Wounds: Trauma, Testimony and the Irish Civil War, is published by Irish Academic Press (2022)

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This lecture was due to take place on 10th March 2022