Historians to revisit 1922 massacre of Protestants – IMPERIAL HOTEL, SAT 28th April 2:30pm

Several leading historians will be in Cork this weekend to discuss one of the bloodiest sectarian massacres of the War of Independence. The killing of 18 people in West Cork — all Protestant but one — at the end of Apr 1922 remains one of the most contentious events of the time. John M Regan, who teaches Irish and British history at the University of Dundee, will re-examine the late Professor Peter Hart’s controversial interpretation of the killings.
Dr Regan claims that, from the available evidence, it is impossible to know exactly who carried out most of the killings, or what motivated them. The event is organised by Dunlaoi Teoranta, which has invited leading members of all the faith communities around Cork, and members of the public, to attend and contribute to the discussion.
Andrew Bielenberg, senior lecturer in history at University College Cork, will speak on the historical context and impact of the killings on the community in West Cork.
The chairperson of the event will be Seán Ó Coileáin, emeritus professor of modern Irish, UCC. Hiram Morgan, senior lecturer in history at UCC, will facilitate questions and answers. The event takes place at the Imperial Hotel Ballroom at 2.30pm on Saturday 28 April.

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