6 February 2016: Opening of ‘James Stephens, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the 1916 Rising’, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2

On 6 February the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, opened a new exhibition entitled ‘James Stephens, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the 1916 Rising’. James Stephens (1880-1950) came to fame with The Crock of Gold (1912), a story for children of all ages, creating ‘a world of rich fantasy’. He…

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5-6 February 2016: ‘Globalising the Rising’, UCD, Dublin 4

On Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February University College Dublin hosted ‘Globalising the Rising’, a two day conference on the international implications of the Easter Rising organised as part of UCD’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’ initiative. Aiming to inform public discourse in advance of the state centenary, it investigated the Rising both from international and interdisciplinary perspectives.…

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5 February 2016: History Ireland ‘Hedge School’: ‘The Somme: what actually happened?’, Clones, Co. Monaghan

On Friday 5 February 2016 a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate took place in Clones, Co. Monaghan, on the subject of ‘The Somme: what really happened?’ The debate was chaired by History Ireland editor Tommy Graham, and the panelists were Jason Burke (QUB), Lar Joye (NMI), George Knight (Clogher Historical Society), and  Jennifer Wellington (UCD).…

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5 February 2016: Irish Research Council launches Decade of Centenaries programme, NUI Galway

On Friday, 5 February 2016 Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway and Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council, launched the Irish Research Council’s Marking the Decade of Centenaries: Ireland 1916-2016 programme in NUI Galway. The Irish Research Council (IRC) is marking the ‘Decade of Commemorations’ by supporting flagship research projects related…

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4-7 February 2016: Éigse na Brídeoige 2016: ‘Súil siar: Súil ar aghaidh/Looking forward: looking back, 1916-2016’, Uíbh Ráthach/Iveragh, Co. Chiarraí/Kerry

From Thursday 4 February to Sunday 7 February the Éigse na Brídeoige cultural festival took place in Uíbh Ráthach/Iveragh, Co. Chiarraí/Kerry, on the theme of ‘Súil siar: Súil ar aghaidh/Looking forward: looking back, 1916-2016’. There was a wide range of lectures and performances relating to the centenary theme, and participants will include Tim Horgan, Francis Devine (SIPTU),…

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4 February 2016: Launch of ‘Towards revolution: postcards from the archives’, Portumna, Co. Galway

On Thursday 4 February 2016 Councillor Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach of County Galway, launched Towards revolution: commemorative postcards from the archives at 6pm in the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portuman. The small selection of items which are presented in postcard form, are drawn from several collections held by Galway County Council Archives. They illustrate the lead up…

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2 February 2016: ‘Hidden pages from the Easter Rising’, Dublin 1

On Tuesday 2 February 2016 the Irish Society for Archives in conjunction with An Post hosted a seminar: Hidden Pages From the 1916 Rising, at which five archival curators engaged with the public to explore some of the little–known archival sources about this momentous event. The seminar took place at the Church of St George and…

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2 February 2016: Opening of ‘Rising’ 1916 photography exhibition, National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

On 2 February 2016 the National Library of Ireland‘s National Photographic Archive launched Rising, a major photographic exhibition which showcases the NLI’s collection of rich imagery documenting the events and locations of 1916. The exhibition is part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, and was made possible through funding awarded under this initiative. Rising draws on some…

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1 February 2016: Launch of new ‘History Ireland’ supplement ‘1916: Dream & death’

On 1 February History Ireland published the first in a series of stand-alone publications on the ‘Decade of Centenaries’, entitled 1916: Dream & death. This is intended to be an accessible illustrated account of the Easter 1916, containing articles on the Rising and the personalities involved, the wider impact of the Rising, combatant and non-combatant casualties, its…

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