Sean Lester

Sean Lester

Did you know that Sean Lester, the Irish diplomat who is recognised for his determined stand against the Nazi Party in Danzig in the 1930s and who was the last secretary general of the League of Nations was born in Carrickfergus in 1888?

In 2019, Carrickfergus Museum displayed an exhibition on Sean Lester with digital content accessed through QR codes.

The exhibition marks the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 2019 as well as the 80th anniversary of the Second World War, which ultimately saw the League of Nations transform into the United Nations. The Treaty cast a long shadow over the first half of the twentieth century—a shadow which caught within it the life of Carrickfergus-born Sean Lester.

You can view the digital content created for the exhibition by clicking the links below.

View images of early 20th century Carrickfergus, Belfast and Bangor.

Listen as experts talk about the political situation in Ulster during Lester's youth and how it influenced his own beliefs, as well as  how Lester became a thorn in the side of the Nazi leadership in Danzig (Gdansk)—the ‘powder-keg of Europe’.

Learn about the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations - the first serious attempts at peacekeeping on a global scale.

Absorb the legacy of a man who was, in his own words, 'without ambition', yet kept a flame of hope burning through Europe's darkest days.

Lester's Ulster     Sean Lester: The Making of an Internationalist

Sean Lester in Danzig: The Most Dangerous Job in The World

Remembering Sean Lester     Gdańsk: A Contested City     (Re)Building Peace

The Treaty of Versailles    The League of Nations

This project has received financial support from The Executive Office through Council's Good Relations Programme.