Declan-and-Michael-as-Pearse-and-Connolly-Monochrome-1k-with-Title-1000pxFrom Monday 29 February to Friday 4 March the National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2, hosted a daily performance of Eugene McCabe’s one-act play Pull Down a Horseman: the secret meeting that agreed the date for the Easter Rising. Originally written to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1966, the play is based on actual events and dramatises the secret meeting between James Connolly, Patrick Pearse and other republican leaders that took place in January 1916. Having been ‘invited’ to the meeting, the outcome was that Connolly joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood, committed his Irish Citizen Army to join with the Irish Volunteers and finally, fixed a date for what became the Easter Rising.

Each performance took place from 1pm-1.45pm in the National Library of Ireland. The play was directed by Conor O’Malley and presented by Dublin Lyric Players.

From Century Ireland: read Conor O’Malley’s ‘The secret meeting: setting a date for the Easter Rising’.

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