Armagh Diocesan Historical Society

The revolutionary generation of 1916 is the topic of April lecture

The forthcoming history lecture hosted by Cumann Seanchais Ard Mhacha will discuss the development, aspirations and motivations of some of the leaders of the Easter 1916 rising.

The paper will be presented by Dr Róisín Ní Ghairbhí, lecturer in Roinn na Gaeilge in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, on Wednesday 6th April at 8pm in the Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive in Armagh.

The precise title of the lecture, ‘The Pearses, the Irish arts world and the revolutionary generation’ goes beyond the politics of 1916 to revisit the worlds of art, theatre and Gaelic revivalism which formed the identity of the Pearses, Patrick and Willie. Plays, both in Irish and English which were staged in St Enda’s and elsewhere, poetry, literary criticism in An Claidheamh Soluis and short stories show the bohemian influences the Pearses embraced in the years before the Rising.

As Dr Ní Ghairbhí has written elsewhere ‘this allows us to enter an exciting and turbulent period of Irish history from a different angle, to take a journey that is itself a fascinating one or a path less trodden into the rich cultural world of Dublin at the beginning of the twentieth century.’

The lecturer, Dr Róisín Ní Ghairbhí, is a native of Rathkeale, Co Limerick, with family connections to Kerry. She has a PhD from NUI Galway where she was active in An Cumann Éigse and An Cumann Drámaíochta, taking part in various drama festivals as actor, director and author of Irish language plays. She is a frequent contributor to media on various aspects of research. Member of Board of Imram (Irish Language Festival of Literature and Culture) and active in Conradh na Gaeilge.

She has published on various aspects of Irish literature and culture (including the history of the Gaelic Revival in County Limerick and the poet Michael Hartnett), often taking an interdisciplinary and bilingual approach. Two recent books – Willie Pearse, part of O Brien Press Sixteen Lives Series, and, with Eugene Mc Nulty, Patrick Pearse: Collected Plays/Drámaí an Phiarsaigh – deal with the topic of her lecture.

As with all of the lectures hosted by Armagh Diocesan Historical Society, admission is free and everyone welcome to attend.