Marking 50 years of Ireland in the EU

Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership has coincided with a radical economic and social transformation of our country. Westmeath Libraries and Westmeath Heritage present three public events to mark this anniversary. These are free events, but please register in advance using the links below

Understanding our European Family through History

 Recommended Reads with guest speaker Francis Jacobs. 

Mullingar Library

9th May at 5.15
No need to book

Dr John Gibney is the Assistant Editor with the RIA’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series and is the co-author (with Kate O’Malley) of ‘The Handover: Dublin Castle and the British withdrawal from Ireland, 1922’ (Royal Irish Academy). He was centrally involved in the development of the National Archives’ exhibition on the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

Dr. DAVID MCCULLAGH  Broadcaster Dr David McCullagh is an anchor presenter of the RTE news flagship, The Six-One News, and a former Political Correspondent.  He has a PhD in politics from University College Dublin and is the author of five books on Irish history, including ‘De Valera Rise’ and ‘De Valera Rule’, the acclaimed two-volume reassessment of Eamon de Valera, the single most consequential Irish figure of the twentieth century as a leader of the Easter Rising, figurehead of the anti-treaty rebels during the Civil War and later, founder of Fianna Fail and President of Ireland

What the archives tell us about why we joined the EEC?

with Dr John Gibney

Aidan Heavey Library, Athlone

9th May at 6.30pm
Booking essential

Why Ireland Chose Europe

with David McCullagh

The Atrium, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar

11th May at 8.30pm
Booking essential.