The People’s College remembers 1916

A poster celebrating the Rising of 1916.

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, 1919-2005, The 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.

Watch Brian’s talk .

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 works as a historian at the National Museum of Ireland, for their exhibition; ‘Proclaiming the republic’. He has taught 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.

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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 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.

8. 16th  March, The 1916 Rising and Irish women activists, Mary Muldowney

An often overlooked part of the Rising is that played by radical women, particularly in the Irish Citizen Army. In this talk Mary Muldowney tells their story.

Dr. Mary Muldowney is is the author of The Second World War and Irish Women: An oral history (2007) and Trinity and its neighbours: An oral history (2009), as well as many book chapters and journal articles using oral history interviews as her primary source. She and Dr. Ida Milne worked on the 1913 Alternative Visions Oral History Group and published an edited volume based on interviews as part of the centenary commemorations of the 1913 Lockout.


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

You can book online here 

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