On Thursday 26 May a ceremony was at Grangegorman Military Cemetery in recognition of the more than 125 British soldiers killed during the Easter Rising of 1916, a third of whom were in fact Irish. The joint British-Irish ceremony included readings of historical accounts, music and prayer. Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD and outgoing British Ambassador…

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On Saturday 28 May a special event took place at Heuston Station to remember Seán Heuston, after whom the station was renamed in 1966. Originally called Kingsbridge Station, it was the main depot for the Great Southern and Western Railway (GWSR). Heuston (1891-1916) was born in Dublin and worked as a clerk for the GWSR in…

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On Friday 27 May 2016 Boston College hosted the Dublin launch of Kerry 1916: histories and legacies of the Easter Rising, edited by Bridget McAulliffe, Mary McAuliffe, and Owen O’Shea. The book explores the role played by Kerry man and women in the Easter Rising, and the manner in which the Rising in Dublin impacted upon…

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On Thursday 26 May 2016 Prof. dr. Jean Bourgeois and dr. Birger Stichelbaut (Ghent University) presented a lecture entitled ‘The archaeological landscape of WW1 in Flanders’, as part of the ongoing ‘Archaeology of a decade of war’ series, being hosted as part of the National Museum of Ireland’s 1916 public engagement programme. This discussed how, thanks…

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On Monday 23 May the St Andrew’s School Roll Records Digitisation Project was launched in St Andrew’s Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse St, Dublin 2. This ongoing collaborative community project between students of Trinity College Dublin and St Andrews Resource Centre is digitising the school records of St Andrews National School from 1895 onwards, to provide…

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On Thursday 19 May 2016 Ms. Heather Montgomery (QUB) gave a lecture entitled ‘Recording Ireland’s First World War landscapes’, as part of the ongoing ‘Archaeology of a decade of war’ series, hosted as part of the National Museum of Ireland’s 1916 public engagement programme. This lecture will describe archaeological investigations into the training of Kitchener’s…

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From Friday 13 to Sunday 15 May the Knocklong History Weekend took place in Knocklong, Co. Limerick. The rescue of the Tipperary IRA Volunteer Seán Hogan at Knocklong on 13 May 1919 was a sequel to the Soloheadbeg ambush, generally recognised as the first engagement in the Irish War of Independence. Hogan had participated in…

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