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POLITICAL AND SOCIAL LIFE IN DUBLIN IN 1916
FOUR LUNCHTIME TALKS
Dublin Unitarian Church
Thursdays 1-2pm starting 25th February
Admission Free – All welcome.

Four lunchtime talks in Dublin Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green on aspects of Dublin life at the time of the 1916 Rising. Each talk will begin at 1 pm. It will be followed by questions and discussion and will finish before 2 pm to allow people to return to their workplaces.

Thursday 25 February
Padraig Yeates: Political and social life in Dublin

Dublin was deeply divided by religion, politics and class in 1916. Divisions
brought sharply to the surface in the 1913 Lockout were further exacerbated
by the impact of the First World War. This talk will look at how the war
changed life and politics in the capital across the social classes in the lead up
to the Easter Rising, affecting areas as diverse as municipal politics, living
conditions, public entertainment and crime. Padraig Yeates, historian and
journalist, is the author of Lockout: Dublin 1913 and the acclaimed trilogy A
City in Wartime: Dublin 1914-1918; A City in Turmoil: Dublin 1919-1921 and
City in Civil War: Dublin 1921-1924.

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Thursday 3 March
Elaine Sisson: Irish education and Pearse’s St Enda’s School

This talk will briefly outline the Irish education system in 1916 and then look
more closely at the philosophy of St Enda’s and how its curriculum and ethos
differed radically from contemporary schooling. Examining Pearse’s
commitment to fostering interest in history, pageantry, mythology and sport
helps us to understand St Enda’s boys’ enthusiasm for military action and
places his call for ‘blood sacrifice’ within the perspective of the First World
War. Dr Elaine Sisson is a cultural historian and senior lecturer in the
Department of Design and Visual Arts at the Institute of Art, Design and
Technology. Among her books is Pearse’s Patriots: The Cult of Boyhood at St
Enda’s.

Thursday 10 March
Mary Muldowney: Women in work, trade unions and the Irish Citizens Army

This talk will give an overview of the activities and ideas of the women of the
Irish Citizens Army in 1913-1916 as they challenged the restrictions placed
on them because of class and gender. Many of the ICA’s female members,
who were accepted as equals by their male comrades, were experienced
activists, and came from a range of backgrounds including trade unionism,
suffragism and nationalist politics. Of the 220 ICA members who took part in
the Easter Rising, 28 were women. Dr Mary Muldowney is the author of The
Second World War and Irish Women: an oral history and other books and
journal articles on labour and women’s history. She trains trade unionists and
community activists in oral history practice.

Thursday 24 March
Martin Maguire: Dublin Protestants and the 1916 Rising

This talk will consider the reaction of Dublin Protestants to the Easter Rising.
While for most of them the Rising only served to confirm them in their strong
unionism and loyalty to the Crown, a small number of young Protestant men
and women (e.g. Harry Nicholls and Kathleen Lynn), who saw
themselves as bearers of a radical dissenting tradition, participated as
republican rebels. Dr Martin Maguire is a historian and senior lecturer in the
Department of Humanities, Dundalk Institute of Technology. He has published
many articles and book essays on the history of Irish Protestantism, with a
particular focus on the workings of social class identities within Irish
Protestant culture.

Dublin Unitarian Church’s annual ‘Reading of the Names’ service on Good Friday (25 March) will have a 1916 dimension this year. At 11.15 am the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Crίona Nί Dhálaigh, and prominent figures from politics, the media, education and the arts will join members of the congregation to read the names of the nearly 500 people – rebels, soldiers, policemen, civilians, children – who died in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland during the week of the 1916 Easter Rising and after.

At 12 midday will begin the traditional reading of the names of the more than 3,500 people who died in the Northern Ireland conflict from 1966 to the present day. This will be the 16th year of the church’s Good Friday ‘Reading of the Names’ service, a commemorative event that is unique on the island of island.

Dublin Unitarian Church,
112 St Stephen’s Green West (beside RCSI), Dublin 2
1-2 pm Thursday 25 February and 3, 10 and 24 March
www.dublinunitarianchurch.org

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