The Twenty-20 Lunch-time talks come to an end.

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The Twentyx20 series for 2014 concluded last Friday, with a talk by Damian Shiels on the Irish in the American Civil War.

 The series proved very popular again in 2014, and consistently brought in a large audience to the Library. The success of theTwentyx20 series comes from its’ simple format.

There are twenty talks, each of which lasts 20 minutes.

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  Every talk is followed by a Q&A session where the audience gets to pitch questions directly to the experts.

Each talk is a stand-alone piece aimed at entertaining and informing.

The twenty talks given in August, go towards creating a month-long programme intended to unlock the richness and diversity of Irish Family History.

Family history is a multi-disciplinary subject, and the diversity of professional backgrounds on show during the month proved this.  Our speakers included archaeologists, archivists and museum curators, geographers, historians, geneticists, theologians, and experts in women’s studies and I.T.

A huge thank you to all of our speakers in August – to the locals who walked, bussed or biked in; to those that travelled further afield from Limerick, Cork, Waterford, L’derry; and to the overseas speakers who flew in to Dublin to speak at the National Library of Ireland.

Finally, we owe a huge debt to Honora Faul of the National Library for her help and cheerfulness throughout the month.

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During September, we intend to construct a page on the Eneclann blog, to provide an overview of all the talks that inspired you in the Twentyx20 series. We’ll let you know when it’s ready to view, through thenewsletter.

Stay tuned ;)

TALKS COLLAGE


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