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The Irish Story and People’s College Remember 1916 January 21, 2016

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This looks good.

The Irish Story in association with the People’s College is proud to present a series of 8 historical lectures focusing on  the 1916 Rising. This is part of its Programme to celebrate 1916 and Parnell Square – the “Rebel Square. “

Commencement Date:  Wednesday 27th January 2016.

Lectures will be 60 minutes followed by discussion.

 VENUE: INTO Learning Centre, 38 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

TIME: 6.30pm

 1. 27th January The Irish Citizen Army             Brian Hanley

The Irish Citizen Army was a trade union militia was founded in the 1913 Lockout. Brian will discuss its role in the insurrection of 1916, its socialist and feminist credentials and its legacy on Irish republicanism.

Dr. Brian Hanley is the author of; The IRA  A Documentary History, 1919-2005The IRA: 1926-1936, and with Scott Millar, The Lost Revolution, The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers’ Party and Our Rising, Cabra 1916.

2. 3rd February ‘Home Rule, Home Fronts’: the 1916 Rising and the Irish Parliamentary Party   Darragh Gannon

The Irish Parliamentary Party was the dominant force in Irish politics up to the Rising. In this talk, Darragh Gannon discusses the party’s rise and fall amid the stalling of Home Rule, The First World War and the Easter Rising.

Dr Gannon tutors in Irish and European history at UCD.  He was awarded his doctorate by NUI Maynooth in 2012 for a thesis entitled ‘Irish republicanism in Great Britain, 1917-21’. He has published in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium andEire-Ireland and is currently completing a monograph entitled Conflict, diaspora and empire: Irish nationalism in Great Britain, 1912-22. 

3. 10th February Proclamation of 1803, 1867 & 1916        Padraig Ó Óg Ruairc

How did the celebrated proclamation of the Republic in 1916 compare to previous efforts in 1803- Robert Emmet’s rebellion – and the Fenian Rising of 1867? Padraig Og O Ruairc discusses them with regard to their democratic, egalitarian and non-sectarian credentials.

 Padraig Ó Óg Ruairc has recently completed his PhD at the University of Limerick. He has published a number of books on the Irish revolution; Blood on the Banner The Republic Struggle in Clare, The Battle for Limerick City 1922 and Revolution: A Photographic History of Revolutionary Ireland 1913-1922. His latest book  “Truce: Murder, Myth and the last days of the Irish War of Independence’ has just been published by Mercier Press.

4. 17th February Five Glorious Days – or a Week of Slaughter                        John Dorney

What did the Easter Rising look like on the ground? How intense was the fighting across Dublin?  How did both sides interact with civilians and what was the human cost? John Dorney discusses these questions.

John Dorney is the editor and main contributor to the Irish Story. His first book ‘Peace After the Final Battle, the Story of the Irish Revolution’ was published by New Island Press in 2014. he is curently working on a history of the Irish Civil War in Dublin 1922-23.

5. 24th February A Schoolmasters’ Rebellion? The INTO Experience           Noel Ward

Like Padraig Pearse, many of the Rising’s key players were teachers. Noel Ward explores their experiences.

Noel is INTO Deputy General Secretary/General Treasurer since Easter 2010.  He holds a primary degree, a H. Dip. in Education and an MA in Education from UCD

6. 2nd March The Dog that Failed to Bark – The Easter Rising in Cork    John Borgonovo

We remember the Easter Rising as a Dublin event but nearly as many Irish Volunteers were moblised in Ireland’s second city, Cork in 1916. In this lecture John Borgonovo explains why the Easter Rising failed to happen in the southern capital.

Dr. John Borgonovo is an American-born but Cork-based historian. He has written, Spies Informers and the Anti-Sinn Fein Society, The Intelligence war in Cork City, 1920-1921, on the War of Independence in Cork city. More recently he has written ‘The Battle for Cork City 1922’ and most recently The dynamics of war and revolution, Cork city, 1916-1918. He teaches at University College Cork

7. 9th March Cumann na mBan & Separation Women – Women’s Experience of the Rising   Fionnuala Walsh.

Women were both insurgents and loyalists in 1916. Many women – about 300 – served in the Rising in Cumman na mBan and the Citizen Army, but many others ‘Separation Women’ with relatives in the British Army in the Great War were among the Risings’ most implacable opponents. In this talk, Fionnuala Walsh will talk about what the Rising really meant for Irish women.

Fionnuala Walsh is based at Trinity College Dublin and is an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar. Fionnuala is working on the experiences of Irish women in the Great War and has recently completed a Phd on the subject. 

8.16th March Oral History and the Rising of 1916,  Eve Morrison

The Irish nationalist revolution in general and the Easter Rising in particular must be one of the best documented revolutions in modern history. This is especially true since the release of the Bureau of Military History interviews in 2003, in which hundreds of Rising veterans gave testimony. Eve Morrison, as expert on the Bureau and other oral history sources will speak about what they teach us about the Rising.

Dr Eve Morrison is an IRC postdoctoral fellow in the UCD School of History and Archives, working on the project Remembering violence and war: contexualising the Ernie O’Malley Notebooks. She studied history at Trinity College Dublin, and was a recipient of an IRCHSS post-graduate scholarship. She is currently writing a book on the Bureau of Military History based on her doctoral work for Liverpool University Press.

Cost: €30 for all 8 lectures or €5 per individual lecture 

You can book online here http://www.peoplescollege.ie/courses/lecture-series-people-remembering-people/ 


1. EWI - January 21, 2016

Is there a separate event to familiarise people with the ‘rebel’ square (Nos. 10, 25, 41, 44)? I’m looking for it in the schedule and maybe missing it.


jdorney66 - January 21, 2016
EWI - January 21, 2016

Hello John, maybe the page is missing an event? I still don’t see where anything of this nature is listed.


jdorney66 - January 21, 2016

Hmm they may not have details up online yet. I’ll try to get back to you. Tony Black is running it.


EWI - January 21, 2016

No. 10 – Fowler Hall, formerly the Orange Order’s HQ in Dublin. It was seized during the Truce by (anti-Treaty) I.R.A. and used to house Belfast refugees from the Orange pogroms. It was also the subject of drive-by shootings by the Free Staters before the Civil War began. In the Thirties a hidden loyalist arms cache was discovered in the basement.

No. 25 – the Gaelic League HQ, and a frequent meeting-point for revolutionaries before and after the Rising.

No. 41 – the I.R.B.-owned National Club from the 1880s, and still their central hub after it was sold to the Irish National Foresters, right up until the Civil War. the I.R.B. started drilling there in secret before the Irish Volunteers were officially started.

No. 44 – formerly an A.O.H. Hall and National Volunteers building, this was seized in 1917 by I.N.V. who were unhappy with Irish Party control and had a pro-Sinn Féin outlook.

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2. CB - January 21, 2016

The 8 lectures from last year are up on the Irish History Show’s youtube page. http://www.youtube.com/user/IrishHistoryShow/videos

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3. Joe - January 22, 2016

Looks really good. So many talks, so little time.
I’ve come across an interesting talk on the Rising in Fingal which will be given in three libraries in Fingal during Seachtain na Gaeilge – in Irish and English. Swords library 2 March, Balbriggan 10th March and Baldoyle 15th March. All at 6.30pm. About how the 5th (Fingal) Battalion won the Rising out there. They had the run of the place for the week – captured a few RIC stations. Culminating on the Friday in the bloody Battle of Ashbourne, after which, when the RIC surrendered, the lads were weighed down with captured weapons as they made their way back to their camp. Only to have an RIC man cycle up to the camp the next day with a copy of Pearse’s order to surrender.
Anyway, full details of this talk when I have them. The speaker seems to be a sound bloke with a good historical and current political perspective – yes, dear reader, it is me.


4. Joe - January 22, 2016

And could I just add that I have many friends and relations from Cork. One of whom once explained to me that the origin of the term Jacks for people from Dublin was that the Dubs all hung out their Union Jacks from their windows during Easter Week so that the Helga wouldn’t aim her guns at them.
I will take great pleasure in inviting same ‘rebel’ to check out John Borgovno’s talk ‘The Dog that Failed to Bark – The Easter Rising in Cork’.


Dr. X - January 22, 2016

I always thought that the origin of the word Jackeen came from Dubliners eagerness to wave the Union flag during Queen Victoria’s visit in (?) 1897 or thereabouts.


5. CB - January 28, 2016

Audio from last night’s lecture on the ICA by Brian Hanley. https://archive.org/details/BrianHanleyICAPeoplesCollege


6. jdorney66 - January 29, 2016

You can watch the video of Brian’s talk here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAqVhcP6ysM


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