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Waterford Treasures presents the 7th Series of four lunchtime talks by Dr Eugene Broderick.

Waterford Treasures Talks 2019 - presents the 7th Series of Three Lunchtime talks by Dr Eugene Broderick.

‘Ireland in the 1950’s’

Wed. 9th October: ‘The vanishing Irish: Emigration’ - This lecture looks at the problem of emigration in the 1950’s, the impact it had on society and the responses to it.

Wed. 16th October: ‘The politics of crisis’ - The Ireland of the 1950’s was assailed by many problems and there was a profound lack of morale among the population at large. How did the politicians react?

Wed. 23rd October: ‘The end of an era: de Valera resigns as Taoiseach’ - Eamonn de Valera dominated Irish politics from the early 1930’s to 1959, when he resigned as Taoiseach. This lecture considers his political legacy.

Wed. 30th October: ‘The boycott at Fethard-on-Sea,1957’ - One of the most dramatic events in the history of the modern Irish state, the boycott at Fethard-on-Sea was directed at the local Protestant population by their Catholic neighbours. The cause was a dispute over a mixed marriage, i.e. a marriage between a Catholic and a Protestant. A fascinating insight into the Ireland of the 1950’s.

Dr Eugene Broderick taught history and served as Principal in the Mercy School Waterford. He completed MA and PhD degrees in history at UCC. He has written and lectured extensively on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Irish history. This is his seventh series of talks since 2016 on 20th century Ireland.

Starting each Wednesday, from the 9th October at 1:15 pm in the Garden Room of the award winning Medieval Museum for the month of October.

Booking is highly recommended!

Only €5 for each of these exciting talk’s and all proceeds go towards the Museum acquisition and conservation fund.

Contact the reception at the Medieval Museum or the Bishop’s Palace, phone 0761 10 2501 or email museumreception@waterfordcity.ie to book your tickets.