The Irish Red Cross is welcoming visitors to its headquarters on Merrion Square this Friday and Saturday for Culture Night. 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the Irish Red Cross and the Society is hosting a number of events at its head office where visitors can learn about the history and work of the Irish Red Cross over the past 80 years, and can take a look at memorabilia and artefacts.
Law of Innocents
At 6pm on Friday 20 September, Dr Jim Houlihan will make a presentation on the Cáin Adomnáin, or Law of Innocents. These are seventh century Irish laws created to protect the innocent during conflict. These ancient laws were promulgated in Birr, Co Offaly in 697AD and Jim has just completed a significant academic work on this matter which will be published next year.
The Law of Innocents are considered by many to share the same fundamental characteristics as the Geneva Conventions we know today and were incredibly forward thinking for seventh century Ireland. Jim’s fascinating research will set a context for attendees around what is happening internationally today with so many breaches of international humanitarian law.
At 12 noon on Saturday 21 September, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan will formally launch a new book “A History of the Irish Red Cross.” The book’s author, Dr Shane Lehane, will present a lively summary of the Society’s history and Irish Red Cross chairperson Pat Carey and Minister Madigan will then share their thoughts. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Over the course of the weekend Joe Millar, an Irish Red Cross volunteer who is also the archivist of the Irish Red Cross, will be on hand to showcase Irish Red Cross memorabilia and artefacts as part of a historical exhibition which is open to visitors on Friday evening and on Saturday, while music will also be played live across the weekend by Irish Red Cross supporter Dr Brian Wall.
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Irish Red Cross 80th Anniversary