‘It seems History is to Blame’ event
19 November 2013: Brian Walker, Professor Emeritus in history at Queen’s University Belfast, speaking on ‘Unionism, the Ulster Covenant, and Irish politics: 1912-14’, in Cork City Library. This presentation was part of the IT SEEMS HISTORY IS TO BLAME programme, which began with President Michael D. Higgins’s visit to the City Library in May.
Prof Walker spoke of events in Ulster that led to the signing of the Ulster Covenant, and of some of the key politicians and events of 1912, and how Unionist politicians justified their courses of action. He also discussed some of the consequences of these developments for Irish politics over the following two years up until the start of the First World War. The presentation also considered the attitudes of members of Cork unionist and Cork nationalist to these events in Ulster — particularly interesting as the Cork unionist viewpoint is an under-researched topic.