From Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June the twentieth Byrne-Perry Summer School took place in Gorey, Co. Wexford, on the the theme ‘Glorious forever? Regional perspectives on the 1916 Rising’. While the events of the Easter Rising of 1916 primarily took place in Dublin, members of the Irish Volunteers assembled in various parts of the country with the intention of either obtaining weapons (to have been landed in Kerry from the German steamer Aud), or actively participating in the rebellion: the Wexford town of Enniscorthy was taken over by members of the `volunteers, and fighting took place briefly in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, and in east Co. Galway. This years summer school explored these neglected aspects of the Easter Rising, along with the role of women in the Easter Rising. Speakers will include Lorcan Collins, John Gibney, Liz Gillis, Brian Hanley, Conor McNamara, Meredith Meagher, Ida Milne, Ruan O’Donnell, and Philip Orr. The summer school was opened by Minster of State Aodhán Ó Riordáin TD, and the annual Gordon Wilson Memorial Lecture was given by Dr. Martin Mansergh.
From the Bureau of Military History: An account of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy.