On Wednesday 27 March 27 Glasnevin Cemetary Museum hosted a History Ireland Hedge School entitled ‘Fusilier or Volunteer: Whom should we commemorate?’. The debate tackled the question of commemoration in relation to both the struggle for independence, and the record of Irish participation in the British armed forces during the First World War. The event was opened by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, and was chaired by Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland. The panel consisted of Shane Mac Thomáis, resident historian with the Glasnevin Trust; the artist Robert Ballagh who, along with Cathy Henderson, developed the SIPTU 1913 commemorative tapestry; Dr Edward Madigan, resident historian with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; and Dr Roisín Higgins of Boston College.
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From BBC History: Keith Jeffery on Ireland and World War One.
From BBC History: Fearghal McGarry on the Easter Rising.
Photos of the Event – CLick to View