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Public lecture to provide a personal perspective

11 September 2009

Paul Murphy MPPaul Murphy MP

One of the key players in the Good Friday Agreement is set to give a very personal perspective on links between Wales and Ireland in an event hosted by the University’s Wales-Ireland Research Network.

Paul Murphy MP will be visiting the University on Thursday 17 September to give an insider’s view of the devolution decade as well as giving a unique insight into the character and culture of our communities as they face a decade of devolution.

As one of Wales’ most influential politicians and a former Secretary of State for both Wales and Northern Ireland, the public lecture will see him draw on his unique experiences in Ireland and Wales and his own Irish ancestry.

Dr Claire Connolly, Co-ordinator of the Network said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming Mr Murphy. He will be providing an historical and contemporary perspective and sharing his own very personal reflections on what he believes makes Wales and Ireland so different and what makes us so very similar."

The University’s Wales-Ireland Research Network is the first if its kind to explore the creative, cultural, and political relationships between Wales and Ireland and is funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council. The Network, in partnership with Aberystwyth University, aims to develop a deeper awareness of the overlapping histories of Wales and Ireland and thereby contribute to a fuller understanding of the complex and connected histories of Britain and Ireland.

Paul Murphy’s lecture - ‘Wales and Ireland: A Personal Perspective’ - is sponsored by the Irish Embassy and starts at 6pm on Thursday17 September. Tickets for this event are free and booking is essential.

To reserve your place, please email or telephone 029 2087 6934.

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