This Week's 1916 Events, Mar 21-27
Here's a selection of talks, lectures, exhibitions and events on 1916 that are on around the country this week.
Monday 21 March
Kevin Morley, ‘Commemorating an Extraordinary Man for Extraordinary Times - The Life and Times of Richard O’Carroll, T.C., P.L.G (1876 – 1916)’, 7.30 pm, The Wisdom Centre, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8. All welcome.
Tuesday 22 March
Launch of One Bold Deed of Open Treason: The Berlin Diary of Roger Casement 1914-1916,edited by Angus Mitchell, 5.30pm, Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. All welcome.
Opening of ‘1916 from the archives’, a display of material from the holdings of Kerry Library relating to the events of 1916, Tralee Library, Co, Kerry.
Wednesday 23 March
Kerron Ó Luain, ‘The Four Districts and the Irish Revolution‘, 7pm Rathcoole Community Centre, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. All welcome.
Lar Joye, Bombshells and bullets', 5.30pm, Little Museum of Dublin, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. Adm. €12.
Kevin Myers, 'A disaster for Ireland', 7pm, Little Museum of Dublin, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. Adm. €12.
Mary McAuliffe ‘Surgeons and Insurgents: RCSI and the Easter Rising', 7.30pm, Royal College of Surgeons, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2: register at https://www.rcsi.ie/2016registration
Thursday 24 March
Padraig Yeates, ‘The Easter Rising: Fighting for the Crown or Half Crown?', 7.30pm, Royal College of Surgeons, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2: register at https://www.rcsi.ie/2016registration
Friday 25 March
Eugene Nolan, ‘Caring at the Mater Hospital in a time of Civil Strife – 1916, Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1. All welcome.
Sunday 27 March
Jérôme aan de Wiel, 'Ireland’s War and the Easter Rising in a European Context', 3pm, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2. All welcome.
Easter Weekend 26-28 March
The main event! The official state ceremonies to commemorate the Easter Rising take place nationwide over the Easter Weekend: full details can be found on the Ireland 2016 website: http://www.ireland.ie/easter
One to watch
RTÉ fabled 1966 drama Insurrection, scripted by Hugh Leonard for the 50th anniversary of the Rising, was never broadcast on TV again...until now. Taking the form of rolling news coverage of the rebellion, it has been restored is being re-broadcast from 18 March onwards; viewers can make up their own minds about it, and it will be available to watch on RTÉ Player as well: http://www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/insurrection.html
Exhibition to visit
Rotunda: Birth of a nation is the Rotunda Hospital's contribution to the 2016 centenary (amongst other things, the Rotunda’s garden was used to house prisoners from the GPO and other garrisons just after the Rising). The exhibition explores the role of women in the Rising, many of whom (such as Kathleen Lynn) were medical professionals, the social life of Dublin in 1916, and even the links between the Easter Rising and Caravaggio's The taking of Christ.
Rotunda: Birth of a Nation is open to the public from March 7-31, 2016, Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and Saturday – Sunday, 10.00am – 5.00pm. Admission is free.
In the 1940s the Irish Government established the Bureau of Military History to collect testimonies from veterans of the independence movement. The thousands of memoirs and documents in the BMH archive have been widely used by writers and historians since they were released in 2003, but the entire collection has since been digitised and made available online.
You can find the revolutionary years between 1913-21, in the words of those who participated in the 1913 Lockout, Easter Rising, War of Independence, and much more beside. This remarkable collection can be explored at http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie