A Century of All-Island Relations: The Early Years


The panellists on this seminar considered the origins of the Irish Association in the 1930s and early efforts to promote North/South relations.

The seminar focused on the late 1930s when the Irish Association, whose origins lay in liberal unionist politicians and whose concerns were shared by some nationalists in the South. They agreed to differ on partition, and to concentrate instead on promoting cooperation and friendship through the relations that were possible at the time – social, economic and cultural.

This project has been funded through the Shared History Fund, which is a £1million fund that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office, to support groups in marking the Centenary of Northern Ireland in 2021 in a thoughtful, inclusive and engaging way.