In the popular Radio Ulster program The Long And The Short Of It, historian David Hume, and comedian and keen amateur historian, Tim McGarry, have spent several series learning about and then disagreeing about all aspects of Irish history. This year, the show won the gold award for Specialist Speech Programme at the IMRO Radio Awards.
In this special live event, Tim and David turn their attention to a very topical and controversial subject - the very creation of Northern Ireland.
In 2021 Northern Ireland as a distinct political entity will be 100 years old and it is fair to say that the commemorations will be a game of two halves!
Tim is a lapsed Papist and David is an Orangeman so expect some lively debate over this formative and violent time in our history from two very different perspectives.
Taking on the period from the Home Rule crisis of 1912 through to the Irish Civil War of 1922/23, Tim and David will tackle some of the many questions that this fascinating period throws up such as:
- Did Edward Carson cause the 1916 Rebellion?
- Was the partition of Ireland inevitable?
- When and how did the nine counties of Ulster become the six counties of Northern Ireland?
- Did the Irish Civil War save Northern Ireland?
David may have more facts than Tim but you can expect Tim to bring more jokes than David!