14 November 2016: ‘The 1916 centenaries: an opportune time for reflection’, Belfast City Hall, Belfast

On Monday 14 November 2016 Hedge the Fellowship of the Messines Association hosted a debate in Belfast City Hall on ‘The 1916 centenaries: an opportune time for reflection?’. This consisted of a discussion of the Somme and the Great War from a variety of perspectives, and was an opportunity for thoughtful reflection, wide-ranging discussion in a…

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13 November 2016: ‘From Gallipoli to the GPO’, Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St, Drogheda, Co. Louth

On Sunday 13 November 2016 Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth, hosted the world premiere of ‘From Gallipoli to the GPO’, by Michael Holohan. Drawing on the personal letters and diaries of Holohan’s paternal and maternal granduncles, and the 1916 diary of a British soldier, this musical and spoken word portrait recreated the stories and…

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11 November 2016: Armistice Day commemoration, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 11

On Friday 11 November 2016  Glasnevin Trust hosted an event to mark Armistice Day, commemorating the end of the First World War. In 2008, Glasnevin Trust and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission set about a task of marking previously unmarked graves in Glasnevin Cemetery of World War I and World War II graves of soldiers, sailors, air men and…

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10-12 November 2016: Ireland 1916-2016: The promise and challenge of national sovereignty’, 2016 Centenary programme national conference, NUI Galway

From Thursday 10 November to Saturday 12 November NUI Galway hosted the a major academic conference at NUIG, entitled Ireland 1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty. The conference represented an historic and ambitious gathering of major scholars, both from Ireland and overseas, to examine and advance our understanding of what Irish independence really means. The conference…

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8 November 2016: History Ireland ‘Hedge School’: ‘"All changed, changed utterly…"? Ireland 1916-18′, National Library of Ireland, Dublin 2

On Tuesday 8 November 2016 the National Library of Ireland hosted a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate on the subject of Ireland in the aftermath of the Easter Rising. The contrast between the apparent indifference, even hostility, of the public response to the Rising of Easter 1916 with the landslide victory of Sinn Féin in the…

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6 November 2016: Commemorative mass for D Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade Irish Volunteers, St Patrick’s Church, Ringsend, Dublin 4E

On Sunday 6 November a commemorative mass took place in St Patrick’s Church, Ringsend, Dublin 4E in memory of members of D Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers, who were stationed at Boland’s Mills during the Easter Rising of 1916. The area seized by this garrison saw some of the heaviest fighting of the…

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5 November 2016: Lecture on ‘Veterans in an emerging state’, Strokestown Park House, Co. Roscommon

On Saturday 5 November Co. Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society hosted a lecture at  Strokestown Park House by Patrick Hugh Lynch, entitled ‘Veterans in an Emerging State’ . This discussed the experience of returning veterans of the First World War in the post-1918 period. The lecture took place at 12pm in the Old Gymnasium, Strokestown Park…

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4-5 November 2016: Mise Éire? Shaping a nation through design, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November the National Museum of Ireland (Decorative arts and history), Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, hosted a two-day conference exploring the role of design and craft in shaping national or collective identities, asking what does national identity mean today in 21st century Ireland. From the historical perspective of 1916 to contemporary practice, Mise…

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3 November 2016: Public meeting to discuss arrangements for Thomas Ashe centenary, Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin 1

On Thursday 3 November 2016 a public meeting to discuss arrangements for the forthcoming centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe was held in Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin 1. A teacher by profession, Ashe was a prominent activist in most of the major nationalist organisations of the pre-independence period, including the Gaelic League, the Gaelic Athletic Association,…

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3 November 2016: ‘Women and the decade of commemorations’ seminar, Maynooth University, Kildare

On Thursday November 3 the All-island commemoration network hosted the final one-day symposium in the ‘Women and the decade of commemorations’ series, which was intended to broaden the commemorative perspective beyond an Irish context. There were plenary talks by Anna Reading (KCL), Stef Craps, Conor Mulvagh (UCD) and  Graham Dawson (Brighton),  and a roundtable discussion with…

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