Seminar: The death of political pluralism? Ireland after the Rising, 1916-18
10am-5pm, 9th September, 2017
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum In conjunction with Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Description: W.B. Yeats famously remarked that Ireland after the Easter Rising was 'changed utterly'. But how was it changed, by whom, and at whose expense? There was certainly a political revolution, but might there have also been a social revolution? After the Rising, what futures were possible for women and the labour movement, and were these closed off by 1918? This one day seminar will explore the changes in Irish political life after the Easter Rising to explore how violent insurrection by a minority faction of nationalists in Easter 1916 was transformed into a landslide political victory less than three years late, and what this meant for some of those who lost out. Profound change occurred in Ireland between May 1916 and December 1918, but the manner in which this happened, and its implications, is far less well known. Drawing together a wide range of speakers, this seminar will explore how and why Ireland was changed for ever in the years between the Easter Rising and the outbreak of the War of Independence.
Time and date: 10am-5pm, Saturday 9th September 2017
Venue: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11
Organisers: John Gibney (Glasnevin Cemetery Museum) and Georgina Laragy (Trinity College Dublin)
Speakers and topics:
Conor Mulvagh (UCD) 'Considerations on political aspirations: Home Rulers, Dual Monarchists, Republicans and visions of the future in 1916'
William Murphy (DCU): 'We do not want the intercession of the Irish Party': the contest to represent separatist prisoners in Ireland and Britain, 1916 to 1918
Fionnuala Walsh (TCD): Women and the politics of everyday life in Ireland, 1916-1918
Sarah-Anne Buckley (NUIG): 1916 to Irish women's suffrage: gender, class and the politics of motherhood
Richard McElligott (UCD): 'The One Bright Spot': Radicalisation and Revolution in Kerry, 1916-1919
John Borgonovo (UCC): 'Twilight of the Mollies - Remobilization, Resistance, and New Politics in Cork City, 1917-18'
Colum Kenny (DCU): "As if by magic": Arthur Griffith's Tragic Surrender of the Presidency of Sinn Féin to Éamon de Valera in October 1917.
Brian Hanley (Dublin City Council/University of Edinburgh): 'The layers of an onion': labour, class and post-Rising Ireland'
Admission FREE, all welcome. Booking essential.
This event is funded by an Irish Research Council New Foundations (Decade of Centenaries) award.
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