Summer Talks NLI, 2015. Andy Bielenberg – Was there a Protestant exodus from southern Ireland?.

Andy Bielenberg


Andy Bielenberg has undertaken the most in-depth demographic analysis of the decline in the Southern Protestant population, in early 20th Century Ireland. He concludes there was a much smaller rate of population decline as a result of targeting during and after the Revolutionary era, than the late Peter Harte argued. Bielenberg concludes that although the Irish Revolution was a catalyst and accelerated Protestant emigration from Southern Ireland, forced departures were a relatively small part of the story. Economic and cultural reasons also featured, and were often more relevant reasons for leaving.

Bielenberg’s talk frames much of the public discourse in 2016,  as we commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

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