Cavan Commemorates: Ireland and the Great War

Cavan County Library

6th - 7th August 2014

Events at Johnston Central Library and the Town Hall

Wednesday 6th August in Johnston Central Library

Afternoon Session

2.00pm: Official Welcome and introduction to the two day events programme 

2.15pm: “Cavan men and the U.V.F. in the 36th Ulster Division” with Tim Bowman, introduced by Brendan Scott

3.15pm: Coffee and Chat

3.30pm: “Oliver Nugent, the Gentry and the Great War” With Nicholas Perry, introduction by Brendan Scott

End of Part 1

6.00pm: Welcome with musical accompaniment 
​Seamus Heaney’s “In memoriam Francis Ledwidge” A rehearsed reading

6.40pm: “The Irishmen who fell in Flanders” Piet Chielens, Director of the In Flanders Fields Museum in conversation with Dermot Bolger.  

7.45pm: Coffee and Chat

8.00pm: An evening with Sebastian Barry in conversation with Dermot Bolger about his novel “A Long Long Way” and how he has fused the public history of Ireland and the private histories of his own family into a remarkable tapestry of novels and plays that have grown into a unique retelling of the hidden story of Ireland in the 20th century.

Thursday 7th August in Johnston Central Library

Morning Session

10.00am:  Introduction to Day Two:  Myles Dungan  

10.10am: “Lions, Donkeys and Paddies: The Irish experience of the Great War” with Myles Dungan 

11.00am: Coffee and Chat

11.15am: “What did you do in The Great War, Grandad?” with Turtle Bunbury.

12.00pm: “Women and children first: The Home Front during World War One” with Ciaran Wallace

Afternoon Session

2.00pm: “Moral insanity and The Great War: Bad men in good jobs” with John O’Keefe

2.45pm: “The Cavan experience of The Great War” with Brendan Scott 

3.15pm: Coffee and Chat

3.30pm: The Great War Forum: What have we learned? Chaired by Myles Dungan with some of the voices heard over our Two Day Event Programme

Thursday 7th August in the Town Hall at 7.30pm

Enjoy the music of the Great War, with narration by Myles Dungan.

The songs will be performed by The Brook Singers, with soloists Brendan MacQuaile, Sadhbh Fitzgerald and Jonathan Creasy. 

This show tells the story of song standards including Pack up Your Troubles, Goodbyee, The Recruiting Sergeant, Oh, it’s a Lovely War, Keep the Home Fires Burning, When this Lousy War is Over… and many more.

Learn how and why they were composed, who sang them, what men in the trenches thought of them, and how they retaliated with music which chimed with their own experiences.


Places are limited so early booking is essential.

Booking will open on Thursday 1st May 2014 and will close when all available seats are filled.

In the event that you wish to be placed on a Waiting List (if cancellations should arise and late availability can be offered) you may leave your contact details with us.

Address: Cavan Genealogy Centre, First Floor, Johnston Central Library and Farnham Centre, Farnham Street, Cavan.

Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm / 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Phone: +353 (0)49 4361094


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