Donegal County Museum
invites you to attend the History Ireland Hedge School on
Remembering the Ulster Covenant:
an exercise in mass-democracy or reaction?
in the Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
on Saturday 15 September 2012 @ 2.30 pm
Brian Kennaway (Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations),
Dr Éamon Phoenix (Stranmillis University College),
Margaret O’Callaghan (Queen’s University Belfast), and
Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc (University of Limerick).
On "Ulster Day" 28 September 1912, 237,368 men signed the ‘Solemn League and Covenant’, pledging themselves to "defending for ourselves and our children our cherished position of equal citizenship in the United Kingdom, and in using all means which may be found necessary to defeat the present conspiracy to set up a Home Rule Parliament in Ireland". 234,046 women signed a similar Declaration. While this was an impressive exercise in mass mobilisation, it also set the unionists of Ulster against "the settled will" of the majority of the Irish electorate.
The History Ireland’s Hedge School series aims to bring history alive for today’s audiences by providing lively, unfettered debate on topics of interest to national and local communities.
Admission is free.
To discuss the implications, register for the Hedge School by contacting
Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
telephone (ROI) 074 9124613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP required to (ROI) 074 9124613
This Hedge School event will be followed at 6 pm by the opening of the
Donegal County Museum’s new exhibition in the County Museum –
Ulster Covenant 1912 County Donegal .
Go to the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland website