Dividing a nation

On the 14th December 1921 to the 7th January 1922, members of Dáil Éireann held a series of private and public sessions to debate the Articles of Agreement for a Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland that had been signed in London by representatives of the Dáil and the British Government.  

These debates would prove acrimonious and cause deep divisions between its supporters and opponents.  Those divisions would divide the nation and lead to a civil war that would shape Ireland’s political landscape for a century.

To mark the centenary of the Treaty Debates, Cork City Council has funded Dividing The Nation. This unique historical recorded production will bring this element of our nation’s history to life. 

St Peter’s Cork has collaborated with Wombat Media to capture the performance of the students from the Acting for Stage and Screen Course of Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa. The historic event debates are adapted by Cork historian Gerry White, directed by Jon Whitty of Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa and performed by the students, this adaptation will cover some of the key moments of the debates in the words of the participants, including many Corks’ TDs.

The production can be viewed on Cork City Council commemoration website at: https://www.corkcity.ie/!LTN4F3