20 August 2017: Annual Collins/Griffith commemoration, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 11

On Sunday 20 August 2017 Glasnevin Trust hosted the annual Collins-Griffith commemoration, marking the deaths of both Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins in August 1922. Each year, in mid-August, the Collins-Griffith Commemoration Society organises the ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery to commemorate the lives and legacies of two of the chief architects of the Irish Free State.…

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28-30 July 2017: West Cork History Festival, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

From Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July the inaugural West Cork History Festival will take place in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. The festival programme spanned a diverse set of places, historical subjects and periods, from the local to the international, but had a particular focus on the events of the Irish revolutionary period, especially in in West…

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27 July 2017: History Ireland ‘Hedge School’: ‘"Poet of the the blackbirds": the life and death of Francis Ledwidge’, Richmond Barracks, Dublin 8

On Thursday 27 July a History Ireland Hedge School debate took place in Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin 8, entitled ‘”Poet of the the blackbirds”: the life and death of Francis Ledwidge’. Ledwidge (1887-1917) was from near Slane, Co. Meath; he was the eighth of nine children who left school at 13 to work as a labourer, and…

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12 July 2017: ‘"He shall not hear the Bittern cry”: The short life and enduring renown of Francis Ledwidge’, National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2

On Wednesday 12 July 2017 the National Library of Ireland hosted an event entitled ‘”He shall not hear the Bittern cry”: The short life and enduring renown of Francis Ledwidge’. This event, featuring poet, playwright and novelist Dermot Bolger,  celebrated the life and works of Francis Ledwidge and to mark the centenary of his death. The evening…

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21-22 July 2017: ‘Southern Irish loyalism in context’, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare

On Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July 2017 Maynooth University hosted an international conference on ‘Southern Irish loyalism in context’. This two-day event brought together scholars interested in Irish loyalism before, during, and after the Irish Revolution (c. 1913–23). Independence for twenty-six counties and partition formalised an already clear separation between Irish loyalists on either…

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8-9 July 2017: Muriel MacDonagh centenary weekend, Skerries, Co. Dublin

On Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2017 a community festival took place in Skerries, Co. Dublin, to mark the centenary of the death of Muriel MacDonagh (1886-1917), neé Gifford. Muriel MacDonagh was a well known activist in a range of causes relating to republicanism and women’s rights, and in 1912 had married Thomas MacDonagh,…

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8 July 2017: Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland annual ceremony of remembrance and wreath-laying, National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge, Dublin 8

On Saturday 8 July 2017 the Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland conducted its annual commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge, Dublin 8. This annual event is arranged and led by the Royal British Legion-Republic of Ireland with the co-operation and assistance of the Irish State, and commemorates those who…

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