The incident made headlines round the world. What was it about Mannix’s proposed visit to Ireland that led the British government to risk international opprobrium in having him arrested on the high seas in such dramatic circumstances.

This talk will examine the background to this incident and the reasons why the British government believed the mere presence of Mannix in his native land might pose a danger to British rule in Ireland.

Dr Jeff Kildea is an Honorary Professor in Irish Studies at the University of New South Wales. In 2014 he held the Keith Cameron Chair of Australian History at University College Dublin. He is the author of Anzacs and Ireland, which examines the relationship between Australian soldiers and Ireland during the First World War, and of numerous books and articles on the Irish in Australia.