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We’re very happy that Chartism Day is taking place in Ireland for the first time.  Perhaps it is appropriate that the National University of Ireland, Galway is hosting the conference. Galway sits 40km west of Loughrea, which was arguably the western-most outpost of Chartist organisation on these islands (although O’Connell disputed this oft-repeated claim). The conference theme – ‘Ireland & British Democracy’ – points to the movement of people and ideas in the battle for political rights, and the conference will explore the (positive and negative) ways in which Irish nationalism and Chartism coalesced in the mid-nineteenth century.

The conference is a collaboration between the Society for the Study of Labour History (UK) and the disciplines of History and English at NUI, Galway. Any questions should be directed to the convenors: Laurence Marley (laurence.marley@nuigalway.ie) and Tim Keane (timothy.keane@nuigalway.ie)

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