Posted 22/03/2016

​Maynooth University Decade of Commemorations

Decade of Commemorations 1912-1922

Maynooth University is marking the key events in the revolutionary period that helped to shape the course of history and the development of an independent Ireland.

This commemoration will take the form of exhibitions, readings, conferences, seminars, performances and gatherings that reflect on key moments, figures and themes from one hundred years ago.

Maynooth University has adopted the theme of ‘Women and the Decade of Commemorations’ as a key focus for 2016 and a number of events have been organised reflecting not only on the contribution of women to the revolutionary period in Ireland’s history, but also on the issues that women in an Irish context continue to face. Some of these events have been made possible by the Department of Foreign Affairs Peace and Reconciliation Fund, facilitating an all-island approach to commemoration.

The events have been organised through the Decade of Commemorations Committee and supported by generous funding from Maynooth University.

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Up Coming events

Luke Gibbons, Series of Lectures
Prof Luke Gibbons, Maynooth University Department of English, is giving a series on lectures - in Ireland and abroad on the general theme of 1916

When: Thursday, 17 March 2016

Display of 1916 related titles in the John Paul II Library

An exhibition which displays 1916 related titles in the John Paul II Library.

When: Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Reshaping modern Ireland: the female legacy of 1916

Dr Jacinta Prunty, Maynooth University Deapartment of History and Dr Sonja Tiernan, Liverpool Hope University

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Women and the Decade of Commemorations

Roundtable discussions with talks by: Catriona Crowe, National Archives (TBC); Martina Devlin, Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster; Professor Gerardine Meaney, Director of Global Irish Studies, University College Dublin; Professor Margaret Ward, Department of History, Queen’s University Belfast.

When: Wednesday, 06 April 2016

Researching the National Museum of Ireland's exhibition, 'Proclaiming a Republic: the 1916 Rising'
Illustrated lecture by Dr Darragh Gannon

When: Wednesday, 06 April 2016

'Madame de Markievicz On Trial'
by Anne Matthews
‘Madame de Markievicz on Trial’ is a much-acclaimed historical drama by Dr Anne Matthews, a history graduate of Maynooth University and occasional lecturer. Centred around Constance Markievicz (née Gore Booth), the play depicts an event in Dublin at Easter in 1916 when a policeman was fatally shot.

When: Thursday, 21 April 2016

Women in Politics - then and now, looking through the lens of Countess Markievicz

Hosted by the Department of Sociology in Maynooth University this event brings together the intellectual focus of Irish feminist historians and contemporary social scientists with cultural work of contemporary Irish theatre.

When: Thursday, 21 April 2016

Walking Tour - Re-enactment of 'The Maynooth 15' walk to the GPO, Dublin
This event will be a re-enactment of 'The Maynooth 15' walk to the GPO.

When: Saturday, 23 April 2016

The 77 Women Project
Featuring the seventy seven women who fought during the Easter Rising and were arrested along with their male counterparts and held at Richmond Barracks.

When: Wednesday, 27 April 2016

After the Rising, After the Somme : Reflections on Commemorations in 2016

When: Thursday, 08 September 2016

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