Report on International Congress 2017 & 2018

The International Napoleonic society Congress

2017 Trier, Germany.

The fifteenth international Napoleonic Society congress was held between the 10th to the 14th of July 2017 in Trier, Germany where Ireland had one representative, Cormac Finn O Brien. Cormac gave a presentation entitled Marengo and North Cork depicting the origins of where this famous horse reputedly came from and the market where he was bought.

Cormac talked about the folk tales associated with Napoleon’s famous mount. This paper was overlooked by Dr. David Fleming of UL before it was presented in Trier. This paper also looked over the claims held by the two arguing places in North Cork Buttevant (Cahirmee Horse Fair) and Bartlemy.  The annual Gala Dinner was held during the congress where Cormac was awarded the Fellowship of the International Napoleonic Society by J. David Markham. A good conference was had by all.

Mini Conference held in Castiglion Fiorentino


This conference was held in Castillion Florentina in Italy. It was held in an old church building and attended by one Irish representative Cormac Finn O’Brien.  It was a discussion on a variety of topics. At the opening there was a showcase of the local reenactment group as the picture below depicts. This event was to open a museum in Castiglion Fiorentino, this  museum houses a collection of medallions of the Napoleonic Period.  During this Conference Cormac talked about Napoleonic propaganda during this period used by the British government about Ireland and also looked at the current propaganda. We must look and question ourselves whether or not the propaganda of History has stopped or has it still continued to this day.






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