The Irish Good Friday Agreement celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this month. Discover how this historic compromise has delivered twenty-five years of fraught peace between Britain, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland, and take a peek at current challenges.
- April 21: Examine the tortured Anglo-Irish relationship through the lens of history, and explore how it came about that there are two Irelands (the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland). Discuss the violence that racked Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the mid-1990s and led to the deaths of more than three thousand people.
- April 28: The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 has guided the subsequent relationships within Northern Ireland as well as between Britain, the Republic of Ireland, and the North. Discuss the peace talks that led up to the agreement, as well as this remarkably creative and innovative but also fragile and ambiguous compromise. Examine the difficult process of implementation and the recent challenges resulting from Brexit, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
This is a HYBRID class. Look for the ZOOM link in the OLLI Weekly.
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