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Tim Pat at the American Irish Historical Society in New York on 27th Nov [Postponed]

To celebrate the publication of Tim Pat’s new book, The Famine Plot: England’s Role in Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy, a passion project that has been in the pipeline for a number of years, he will be hosted by the American Irish Historical Society in New York for a reading and discussion on 27th November 2012.

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Tim Pat interviewed on The Famine Plot by RTÉ Radio 1 and Newstalk FM

There have been two radio slots today, available as podcasts, with Tim Pat interviewed about his new book The Famine Plot

Today with Pat Kenny on RTÉ Radio 1

Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk FM (2 mins 35 into segment)

Tim Pat to speak in Cork on The Famine Plot – Tuesday 20 Nov

Tim Pat Coogan will give a public lecture at UCC on Tuesday 20 November, introduced by UCC historian Dr Larry Geary.

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“Michael Collins & the Bankers” Lecture at Glasnevin Museum

Tim Pat will give a lecture entitled ‘Michael Collins and the Bankers’ on 19 August in the Glasnevin Museum as part of the Glasnevin Trust lecture series. Tickets for the event cost €10. All monies raised will benefit the upkeep of the cemetery.

The lecture, which starts at 2.30pm, will consider what Ireland’s first Minister for Finance might have made of the present day banking crisis.

Within days of being appointed Minister for Finance in 1919, Michael Collins set about raising the funds necessary for Dail Eireann. Writer Frank O’Connnor said of him: “He was a born improvisator, and from the moment he was appointed … the Department of Finance began to function, within a few weeks his mighty Loan was under way and even today when we have forgotten or can no longer imagine the preposterous conditions under which the department worked – censorship, imprisonment, confiscation, murder – one is filled with respect for the variety and thoroughness of the work performed.”

Tim Pat to deliver Mac Lua Memorial Lecture – “Why Is No One In Jail?”

Tim Pat will kick off a series of debates on Ireland’s economic woes when he delivers the annual Mac Lua Memorial Lecture for Irish Writers’ Month in Hammersmith, London.

The event, with a Q&A to follow, will take place on Wednesday 6th June, 7pm.

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‘Griffith Would Have Jailed Them’ – lecture Wed 28 March

Tim Pat  will be making an address entitled ‘Griffith Would Have Jailed Them’ in Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff, on Wednesday 28 March at 8pm.

This will be the third annual Arthur Griffith Lecture.

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Tim Pat pays tribute as new book remembers Brian O’Nolan

To mark the centenary of the birth of writer Brian O’Nolan his sole surviving sibling, Micheál Ó Nualláin, has published a collection of reminiscences, The Brother.

Speaking at the launch, Tim Pat Coogan said that O’Nolan’s long-running Irish Times column Cruiskeen Lawn was “the only regular fix of culture” that many people got in the “drab and dreary” 1950s.

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Do we need a president at all? Can we afford one?

Tim Pat’s letter to the Irish Independent, published 24/8/11, probes a deeper question surrounding the race for the Aras…

As the proportion of the population throwing, or not throwing, its hat into the ring of the presidential contest begins to acquire the characteristics of a somewhat farcical mass movement, is it not time to ask the questions do we need a president at all? Can we afford one?

The president’s powers are not essential to the running of the nation even at the best of times. These are not the best of times and we cannot say that they are the worst because we know that there is worse to come in the forthcoming Budget and in charges on water, property, energy and — on what should be the bread of the future — a university education.

The only things going down are incomes and the pitiable benefits of the young and the elderly.

We had no president in our first Constitution after independence. There was a governor general, who was imposed upon us by the British, and who was got rid of by De Valera who introduced the presidency in his 1937 Constitution, and subsequently made the office a well-paid old folks home.

Now that Fianna Fail, which De Valera founded, has got rid of not merely the governor general but of the economic independence which the founders of the State fought for, is it not time to close down this rather ruritanian institution, with its aura of the Raj and the Viceregal Lodge, and spend the money on things like getting cancer sufferers off trolleys in busy hospital corridors or, alternatively, in prosecuting the people responsible for our economic situation?

Tim Pat Coogan
Dalkey, Co Dublin

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Lecture – Michael Collins: The Man Outside

Tim Pat will be giving a lecture on Michael Collins on 25th of August in the Glasnevin Museum at 7.30pm. The lecture is free and part of Heritage Week.

Booking is essential to ensure a seat. For more information and bookings, please contact Glasnevin Museum on 01-8826550 or email

Glasnevin Museum is located inside the main gates of Glasnevin Cemetery.

“Ireland – Yes we can?”

The Derry Journal reports on Tim Pat Coogan’s speech at a Féile event in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry…

The author and historian said that community movements have driven changes in Derry and those changes have shaped modern Ireland.

“The word which will govern what we succeed in is a word which epitomises Derry – that word is community. It is the ability to hold what you have and try for what you want.”

“Even in the midst of everything that is happening today, that spirit can still be seen looking around Derry today,” he said.

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