On Thursday 16 February 2017 Glasnevin Trust and Trinity College Dublin presented the fourth in a series of lectures on ‘Ireland and the world after the Rising’. Conor Kostick will present a lecture entitled ‘Ireland and the Russian Revolution, 1917′. The Irish revolutionary period of 1916 – 1923 was profoundly shaped by its international context. And one of the most fundamental shifts in the international landscape was the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia. Almost immediately in the wake of the soviet revolution, a tsunami of workers’ militancy crossed Europe, bringing governments crashing down and creating a mass popular culture whose symbol was the red flag and whose anthem was the Internationale. When this wave hit Ireland, it contributed to the appearance of soviet experiments in this country and for a brief period the Irish working class movement appeared as the leaders of the national struggle. This talk looked at the impact of the October Revolution and the rise and fall of enthusiasm for soviets in Ireland.
The lecture took place at 7pm in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. Follow this link for information on the lecture series.