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Sir Thomas Allen
Sir Thomas Allen is one of the most renowned lyric baritones of his generation. Known for his commanding stage presence as well as outstanding vocal and acting prowess on the operatic stage, he has mesmerised audiences from across the world for over forty years since his operatic debut in 1969. As an established star of the great opera houses of the world, he has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is Chancellor of Durham University. His many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year’s Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him; and most recently, being awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2013.
Tea and coffee will be served after the Lecture
Irish Suffrage with Dr Margaret Ward
An illustrated talk on the Irish suffrage movement from its 19th century origins to 1918, and the election of the first woman MP, Countess Markievicz, Dr Ward will look at the origins of the suffrage movement in Ireland in the late 19th century before highlighting the period of suffrage militancy between 1912 and 1914.
Dr. Pat McCarthy, Military History Society of Ireland
During WW1, Britian was extremely vulnerable to disruption of trade off the south coast of Ireland. Food, munitions and troops all passed through these waters on their way to Liverpool and London. German U-Boats began attacking shipping in these waters in 1915 and, in 1917, these attacks brought Britain to the verge of defeat. This lecture examines the strategy and tactics used by both sides and the reasons Britain and the US finally triumphed again the U-Boat menace.