This Week's Events, Mar 28-03 Apr
Here's a selection of talks, lectures, exhibitions and events on 1916 that are on around the country this week.
Monday 28 March
Reflecting the Rising, Dublin City Centre: this massive public event organised by RTÉ is easily the largest of its kind ever organised in Ireland and will take over much of Dublin City Centre on Easter Monday, with hundred of talks, debates, performances, re-enactments, and much more besides: full details can be found at https://1916.rte.ie
Tuesday 29 March
State Commemoration of James Connolly and the Irish Citizen Army, 10am, Liberty Hall, Dublin 2: full details at http://www.ireland.ie/events/commemorating-irish-citizen-army-james-connolly
Opening of Killorglin 1916 Centenary Committee Exhibition (1916 - 1923): A commemoration of the centenary of Ballykissane Pier Tragedy on Good Friday, 1916, Killorglin Library, Co. Kerry.
Saturday 2 April
Paths to Freedom: Athlone and the Easter Rising, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, 10.15am-4.30pm: full details can be found at http://athlonehistory.ie/2016/02/13/upcoming-event-athlone-and-the-centenary-of-the-easter-rising/
Childrens Day, Farmleigh House, Dublin 15: full details at http://www.ireland.ie/events/childrens-day
ONES TO WATCH
Michael Portillo might seem like an unlikely candidate to explain the Easter Rising but his recent documentary, The enemy files, explored how the British responded to the Rising; a vitally important part of the story, regardless of one's views on it. The enemy files can be viewed on RTÉ Player
On Sunday 27 March RTÉ will broadcast Children of the Revolution, based on Joe Duffy's best-selling book about the 40 children killed in the Rising: it will go out on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.
The Royal College of Surgeons on St Stephen's Green was occupied by the Irish Citizen Army for much of Easter Week 1916; its is now hosting an exhibition, Surgeons and insurgents, until 17 April: admission is free and full details can be found at https://www.rcsi.ie/2016
Trinity College Dublin played a key role in the Rising as a de facto barracks for many of the British troops who suppressed it! As part of its contribution to the centenary, TCD's library have developed a fascinating blog based on the remarkable rich collections of TCD's library: Changed utterly, which covers far more than one might expect and which is well worth exploring at https://www.tcd.ie/Library/1916/