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IBIS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2009

Protestant Traditions and the Paths to Peace: Beyond the Legacies of Plantation

Global Irish Institute
9 June 2009

Sir George Quigley addressing the audience at the 2009 conference

Sir George Quigley addressing the audience at the 2009 conference

The IBIS Annual Conference - Protestant Traditions and the Paths to Peace: Beyond the Legacies of Plantation - took place at the Global Irish Institute, UCD on Tuesday, 9th June, 2009.

The conference examined the concept of the plural Protestant traditions in Ireland. Approximately 400 years after the plantation of Ulster, it asked how far that plantation set the parameters for a prolonged pattern of conflict. Clearly it did not generate a monolithic community with a uniform political programme . If its legacy was a core Protestant political tradition, that tradition was consistently challenged from two directions: on the one hand, by radical Protestants committed to post-Reformation principles; on the other, by a more secular and more accomodationist tradition. The interplay between these traditions was crucially affected by their relation to the other community (comprising Catholics of Gaelic Irish and “old English” backgrounds) and Catholics’ views of the Protestants in their midst.

The conference was not, however, intended as primarily a historical conference. The relevance or irrelevance of the past in its various guises and interpretations, for present politics and for current political progress in Northern Ireland, was also explored.

Papers from the conference can be accessed on the Working Papers page under the Publications secction (Nos 98-102)

Conference Programme   Speakers and Moderators
Conference Abstracts  Irish Times Coverage