Wednesday October 11, 2016 – 6pm
UCC Public Lecture: Dr Jerome Aan de Wiel
‘ “We have no idealistic interest in Ireland and no revolution, no rifles”; Imperial Germany’s half-hearted attempts to support Irish republicans, 1904-1919′
The German government’s extensive contacts with Irish separatists before and during the First World War culminated with the 1916 Easter Rising. German support for the Rising was part of a global strategy meant to destabilise the British, French and Russian empires, utilizing pre-war contacts between Germany and Irish, Middle-Eastern and Indian separatists. The Rising was linked to German planning of the battle of Verdun, while the German Supreme Army Command cancelled another large-scale gun-running operation to Ireland intended for February 1917. This lecture will explore different dimensions of German collaboration with Irish republicans, illuminating the strengths and limitations of ‘our gallant allies’ involvement in revolutionary Ireland.
Dr Aan de Wiel lectures in the School of History at UCC. He has published extensively on European state responses to the Irish Revolution. His monographs include The Catholic Church in Ireland, 1914-1918: War and Politics (2003) and The Irish Factor, 1899-1919; Ireland’s strategic and diplomatic importance for foreign powers (2008).