Border crossing at Killeen (Armagh) around 1930.

Lecture on land border in Ireland – 100 years on

Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society kick off the new lecture season with a talk on the border created on the island following independence in 1922.

Dr Cormac Moore, historian in residence in Dublin, has written extensively on the topic and his book will be available at the lecture, which takes place this Wednesday, September 20, at 8pm in the Greville Arms Hotel.

For many in Ireland, the partition of the island only truly began with the establishment of the land border due to the arrival of customs barriers on April 1, 1923. With the creation of a physical border, partition became real, became tangible.

The talk explores how the creation of a land border had arguably the largest impact in driving division between north and south, in cementing partition.

It looks at how the nature of the border changed in the 70 years it was in place and how it has now, since Brexit, become the focus of international attention and scrutiny, 100 years on from when it was first introduced.