Monthly Talk - Michael Collins and Kevin O’Higgins
The Glens of Antrim Historical Society monthly talk will take place on Friday 24th February 2012 in St Mary’s Parish Centre, Cushendall at 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Both Michael Collins and Kevin O'Higgins died young. Collins worked to get the best possible deal for the New Ireland and, being realistic, unlike de Valera, he could have taken the country forward had he lived. O'Higgins had the iron will that steered a rudderless Free State after the tragic deaths of Griffith and Collins within 10 days in August 1922. Had it not been for O ‘Higgins’s resolve life in the new state would have been even more difficult - many, however, despised him, but the right thinking people reluctantly agreed with his tough policies?
Come and hear Clive Scoular compare these two indomitable Irishmen - two of his subjects, incidentally, in his new book 'Eight Fearless Irishmen'. It will be your chance to agree or disagree with his viewpoint and some reasoned debates can ensue.
Clive taught at the Institute of Lifelong Learning (the former Extra Mural Studies Department) on various Irish history topics. In recent years he has also taught at Stranmillis University College. He regularly takes groups of adults and schoolchildren to Dublin to visit the Easter Rising sites there. He also gives talks to many historical societies and other groups throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic. Clive is the author of eight books to date - ‘James Chichester-Clark, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland’ – the first and only biography of Lord Moyola; ‘In the Headlines; the Story of the Belfast Europa Hotel’, ‘Maeve de Markievicz; Daughter of Constance’ and ‘John M. Andrews, Northern Ireland’s Wartime Prime Minister’, At the end of October 2006 he published ‘Six Famous Sons of Killyleagh’ and, since 2009, has written ‘The Lives of Ten Influential Irishwomen’, ‘Eight Fearless Irishmen’ and ‘William Craig, his Life in Politics’.