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The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Murders that Stunned an Empire - Julie Kavanagh in Conversation with Roy Foster

Dublin Festival of History Podcast

On a sunlit evening in 1882, Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Burke, Chief Secretary and Undersecretary for Ireland, were ambushed and stabbed to death while strolling through Phoenix Park in Dublin. The murders were carried out by the Invincibles, a militant faction of republicans armed with specially-made surgeon’s blades.The murders ended what should have been a turning point in Anglo-Irish relations. A new spirit of goodwill had been burgeoning between Prime Minister William Gladstone and Ireland’s leader Charles Stewart Parnell, with both men forging in secret a pact to achieve peace and independence in Ireland – with the newly appointed Cavendish, Gladstone’s protégé, to play an instrumental role.The impact of the Phoenix Park murders was so cataclysmic that it destroyed the pact, almost brought down the government and set in motion repercussions that would last long into the twentieth century.Julie Kavanagh is a renowned journalist, former New Yorker London editor, former arts editor of Harpers & Queen and Costa Biography Award finalist.Roy Foster is a distinguished Irish historian and academic. He was the Carroll Professor of Irish History from 1991 until 2016 at Hertford College, Oxford.The Dublin Festival of History is brought to you by Dublin City Council, and organised by Dublin City Libraries, in partnership with Dublin City Council Culture Company. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


7 Apr 2022

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Roy Foster on Ireland’s Many Unmade Futures

Conversations with Tyler

“The best history,” says Roy Foster, “is written when we realize that people acted in expectation of a future that was never going to happen.” While this is the case for many countries, it’s especially true of Ireland—the land of The Troubles, of colonization, of revolution and reforms. This sympathy within his scholarship sets Foster’s work apart. Not content to simply document the facts of what did happen, he’s undertaken the role of reconstructing the motivations that animated the Irish people throughout its storied history--without which we cannot truly understand the Ireland of today. Roy joined Tyler to discuss why the Scots got off easier than the Irish under English rule, the truths and misconceptions about Ireland as a policy laboratory for the British government, why spoken Irish faded more rapidly than Welsh, the single question that drove a great flowering of Irish economic thought, how Foster’s Quaker education shaped his view of Irish history, how the Battle of the Somme and the 1916 Easter Rising cemented the rift between the Northeast and the rest of the country, what went wrong with Irish trade policies between the 1920s and 1970s, the power of Irish education, why the re-emergence of The Troubles in the 1960s may not have been as inevitable as many people believe, the cultural effects of Ireland’s pro-Allied neutrality in World War II, how Irish visual art is beginning to be looked at in a similar way to Irish literature, the social and economic changes of the 1970s that began to radically reshape Irish society, the reasons for Ireland’s openness to foreigners, what Irish Americans misunderstand, and more. Read a full transcript enhanced with helpful links, or watch the full video. Recorded February 22nd, 2022 Other ways to connect Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Follow Tyler on Twitter  Email us: cowenconvos@mercatus.gmu.edu Subscribe at our newsletter page to have the latest Conversations with Tyler news sent straight to your inbox. 


6 Apr 2022

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126. Roy Foster (2016)

Chalke Talk

The Easter Rising 1916: Remembering the Irish RevolutionThe desire for self-transformation, to define themselves apart from their parents and a determination to reconstruct the world, united the young and disparate of Ireland to form the revolutionary generation. By sifting through letters, journals and photographs, eminent historian Professor Roy Foster FBA examines the vivid public and private lives of the disparate group that were the Easter 1916 rebels. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


20 Sep 2021

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Professor Roy Foster – Partition and the Southern Irish Protestant experience

QUB Talks 100 – The Partition of Ireland: Causes and Consequences

Contributor:Professor Roy FosterTalk Title:Partition and the Southern Irish Protestant experience. Talk Synopsis:This talk explores the ‘complex and varied’ story of southern Irish Protestantism after 1921. It describes the changing position and status of this community in the pre-partition period and its declining numbers afterwards. It also notes how southern Protestants adapted to life in the new state, the diversity of their experiences and the extent to which ‘Protestant society remained fairly distinct, endogenous and conscious of their difference’ until the 1970s. It suggests that in terms of ‘cultural attitudes and markers, Southern Irish Protestants felt more affinity to Sothern Irish Catholics than to the culture of Northern Protestantism’ and that their experience was a ‘testament to the majority political culture of independent Ireland, the realism and adaptability of its small cohort of Irish citizens, and… the perhaps underestimated degree of tact exercised by both traditions in the new Irish state.’Short Biography:R.F. (Roy) Foster is Emeritus Professor of Irish History at Oxford and Emeritus Professor of Irish History and Literature at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of many prizewinning books and is a well-known cultural commentator and critic.Further Reading:Protestant And Irish: The Minority’s Search for Place in Independent Ireland – Ian d’Alton and Ida Milne (eds.)The Decline of the Big House in Ireland: A Study of Irish Landed Families 1860-1960 – Terence Dooley Descendancy: Irish Protestant Histories Since 1795 – David Fitzpatrick Different and the Same: A Folk History of the Protestants of Independent Ireland – Deirdre Nuttall The Church of Ireland 1869-1969 – R.B. McDowellCrisis and Decline: The Fate of the Southern Unionists – R.B. McDowell Ireland’s Holy Wars: the struggle for a nation’s soul 1500-2000 – Marcus Tanner


24 May 2021

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Kim Walker and shop Tour at Roy Foster’s Automotive [AW 039]

Aftermarket Weekly

Insights from guest host Kim Walker and a virtual shop tour from Roy Foster from Roy Foster’s Automotive in Reno, NV. Streaming on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and aftermarketweekly.com #listentolearnjustonething #aftermarketstrong #stronggetstronger #letstalkaboutit #aftermarketweeklyGuest Host Kim Walker talking about social app ‘Next Door’Virtual Shop Tour at Roy Foster’s Automotive in Reno, NVTrivia: First-year Toyota sold in the US and in what state.Fortune of the WeekEmail Carm- mailto:carm@aftermarketweekly.comDorman gives people greater freedom to fix vehicles by constantly developing new repair solutions that put owners and technicians first. By always innovating, Dorman has led the way in growing the aftermarket. Here you will see a few examples of a Dorman OE Fix. An OE FIX is a Dorman repair solution you can’t get from the original equipment manufacturer. It means they found a situation where they believe the OEM wasn’t giving repair professionals what they wanted, so we fixed it. Everything Dorman does is centered around providing customer value, both in the quality of products, and the creativity of solutions. Our engineers and designers go out of their way to save repair technicians time and save vehicle owners money. Want to really go under the hood? Take the Dorman Virtual Tour at www.DormanProducts.com/Tour


5 Feb 2021

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#3 QUB in conversation with...Prof Roy Foster, Oxford University

Queen's University Belfast in Conversation with . . .

QUB's Prof Richard English discusses the life and impact of Seamus Heaney with Oxford University's Prof Roy Foster. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


19 Oct 2020

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Roy Foster: On Seamus Heaney

The Book Club

My guest in this week’s Book Club podcast is the distinguished Irish historian Roy Foster, talking about his new book On Seamus Heaney. He tells me how 'Famous Seamus'’s darkness has been under-recognised, how he negotiated with the shade of Yeats and the explosive politics of Ireland to find an independent space to write from, and just how 'certus' the man who signed himself 'Incertus' really was.


30 Sep 2020

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Bob Geldof and Roy Foster

Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas Podcast

Musician Bob Geldof talks to Professor of History Roy Foster about his love of Yeats, and the poets influences on the life of a journeyman, rock star and activist who started out in a seaside suburb of Dublin. Note: bad language comes with the territory. This was the inaugural Annual Doyle Collection Interview, recorded in June 2018.


16 Jan 2020

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Roy Foster: Yeats, Ireland and Europe. Dalkey Book Festival.


Roy Foster explores Yeat's links with important historic events in Ireland and Europe.Recorded at the Dalkey Book Festival, Saturday 17 June 2017.


21 Jun 2017

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INTERVIEW: Professor Roy Foster talks to Daniel Snowman

Reviews in History

Institute of Historical Research Book: Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923Roy FosterNew York, NY, W. W. Norton, 2015, ISBN: 9780393082791; 480pp.; Price: £25.00Reviewer: Daniel SnowmanCitation: Daniel Snowma...


23 Apr 2017