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Speaking Ill of the Dead is a series of lectures recorded in March at the National Museum in Dublin. The conference was co-sponsored by RTÉ and the National Museum. Historians were asked to choose a figure from Irish history (though not necessarily Irish born) for whom they had an aversion and speak about them before an audience. Among the historians addressing the conference were Prof. Tom Bartlett, Prof Paul Bew, Senator Martin Mansergh, Senator David Norris, Ruth Dudley Edwards and Museum Director, Dr. Pat Wallace. Among the reputations under attack were those of Edward Carson, William Gladstone, Kevin O'Higgins, Arthur Balfour and Countess Markievicz. The idea originated from the Montana Historical Association 'Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Montana History' annual Lecture series.