‚ÄčReinterpreting the Revolution: A Centenary Discussion on the Easter 1916 Rising

Date: September 02, 2015

Doors: 19:00

Venue: London Irish Centre

Price: £8/6 concession

“Wherever green is worn, 

Are changed, changed utterly: 
A terrible beauty is born.”

Easter 1916: W.B. Yeats


The London Irish Centre have teamed up with Counterparts: Explorations In Irish Culture to present:

Reinterpreting the Revolution: A Centenary Discussion on the Easter 1916 Rising.

Hosted by freelance journalist, JP O' Malley, this public discussion with three of Ireland's most prominent historians and a distinguished academic in the field of sociology and gender studies will attempt to reinterpret numerous elements of the Irish Revolution in 1916 that led to the emergence of the Irish Free State in 1922.

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and engage in an open discussion/debate at the end of the evening.

Questions to be considered:

  • What was the gulf between rhetoric and reality in both the politics and the violence of the revolution?
  • Why has the role that women played in the revolution been so often erased from the dominant narrative of Irish history?
  • How did the revolution fit into a greater global context at the time?
  • Nearly 100 years later: was the revolution a success or a failure?

The three historians on the panel will be:

R.F. Foster: Who is Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. His books include Modern Ireland 1600-1972Paddy and Mr PunchThe Irish StoryW.B. Yeats: A Life, Volume I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914W. B. Yeats: A Life , Vol. 2: The Arch-Poet 1915-1939 and Vivid Faces:The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890-1923. He has contributed numerous times to BBC Radio 4, and his journalism appears regularly in places like the London Review of Books and the Irish Times, among other publications.

Louise Ryan: Louise Ryan is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University, London. Her work has a particular focus on migration, social networks, gender and religion. And she is co-author of numerous books, including:

Irish Women and The Vote: Becoming Citizens;  Gender, Identity and the Irish Press 1922-1937Embodying the Nation;  and, Migrant Capital: Networks, Identities and Strategies.

She is a trustee and Publications Director of the British Sociological Association. And is also a Member on the advisory board for the Irish Journal of Sociology.

Maurice Walsh: whois the author of the groundbreaking The News From Ireland: Foreign Correspondents and the Irish Revolution. An award winning documentary maker, he has reported from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the United States and Europe. His essays, reviews and reportage have appeared in Granta, the London Review of Books, the Dublin Reviewthe New Statesman and other newspapers in the UK, Ireland and the US. He was Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2001, and Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford in 2010/11.


Photo Credit: UCD (University College Dublin)

Diarmaid Ferriter: who is professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin. He has written a number of books on Irish history, including: The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000Occasions of Sin: Sex & Society in Modern Ireland and Ambiguous Republic:Ireland in the 1970s. In 2010 he presented the RTE TV Series The Limits of Liberty. He is also a regular contributor to the Irish Times.



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