The Anglo-Irish Treaty

This week we're highlighting a number of events coming up focused on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, signed in December 1921, and the negotiations leading up to it.

There's an interesting series of talks at the National Archives, many online, relating to events 100 years ago in the lead up to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. These include Festival contributor Marie Coleman in conversation with Michael Portillo, former British politician who has presented programmes for RTÉ on the centenaries of the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the creation of Northern Ireland. Tickets can be booked here.

If you are in London, the Irish Embassy is hosting an exhibition and talks focused on the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921. The exhibition is called The Art Of Negotiation: John Lavery's Anglo Irish Treaty Portraits and shows portraits of 14 Irish and British political figures who were involved in the negotiations, on loan to the Embassy from Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland and Áras an Uachtaráin.

John Lavery, The Ratification of the Irish Treaty in the English House of Lords, 1921. National Gallery of Ireland

The National Museum has a good online feature about the Truce & the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations here with some interesting photos.

Finally, and not in any way related to the Decade of Centenaries, a new website has been launched dedicated to architecture & design events all over Ireland - Ireland Architecture Diary.