On Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October 2016 the fourth annual James Fintan Lalor Autumn School, entitled ‘1916: Looking back, looking forward, took place in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. This was a weekend of drama, music, debates and political discussion inspired by the writings of James Fintan Lalor. As the programme of commemoration for the…

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On Sunday 25 September 2016 the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, presented a public lecture on the Battle of the Somme by Lar Joye, curator of Military History. This had a particular emphasis on the experiences of the 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who were based at the…

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The 2016 Dublin Festival of History took place from 23 September to 8 October 2016. The festival, which is managed by Dublin Public Libraries, was first hosted in 2013, and consists of a wide range of events: a series of lectures and discussions hosted in Dublin Castle Printworks; walking tours, public talks hosted in Dublin…

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On Thursday 22 September 2016 the official court-martial records of the leaders of the Easter Rising were officially launched by President Michael D. Higgins At 11.30 am on  in Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin 8. Universities Ireland acquired facsimile copies of 43 sets of papers relating to the 1916 Courts Martial from the National Archives of…

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On Wednesday 21 September 2016 the National Library of Ireland hosted the first in a new series of public interviews considering the relevance of the 1916 proclamation: is it seen now as an inspirational text or as a historical document? A diverse and distinguished list of speakers will give their individual responses, in an interview series…

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On Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September 2016 Spike Island, Cork Harbour, hosted a commemorative weekend exploring the history of Spike Island during the Irish Revolution. Formerly the site of a Royal Navy installation, in the aftermath of the Easter Rising of 1916 the crew of the gun-running ship Aud and two senior Irish Volunteer…

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On Saturday 17 September 2016 Dominic Lee of Priory Studios presented a lecture on ‘The life and times of Stillorgan-born war artist William Orpen’ in the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. The event was organised in association with the Western Front association. Orpen (1878-1931) was a highly…

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On Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September 2016 the Irish Heritage Trust, in partnership with Roscommon County Library, hosted a two day seminar entitled ‘Revolutionaries in their own right: Irish women in war and revolution’, held at Strokestown Park House, Co. Roscommon. The event  looked at the changing roles and lives of women during the decade 1912-22.…

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