The School of History and 1916

The School of History is hosting a series of event and initiatives throughout 2016 as part of the national commemorations of the 1916 Rising.  From major conferences to local roadshows, from landmark publications and significant research projects to digital and print collaborations, from school visits to liaison with government departments on planning for the national commemorations, we have a busy year planned.  Click on the headings below to learn more about what we're doing in each area.


Cork studies in the Irish revolution: The Rising of poets and playwrights? The arts and the 1916 Easter Rising. Friday 29th – Saturday 30th January 2016. University College Cork - Kane Building, Aula Maxima, Boole I lecture theatres.

Contributions by postgraduate scholars from UCC, Manchester School of Art, Arcadia University, London Centre, and NUIG. Invited papers on the subjects of the musical, sculpted, theatrical, poetic, literary, cinematic and painted dimensions of the Rising. Speakers include Professor Micheál Ó Suilleabháin of the University of Limerick, Professors Kevin Rockett and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin of Trinity College Dublin, and Robert Ballagh.


Tipperary’s ‘Revolutionary decade roadshow,’ The Source Arts centre, Thurles, county Tipperary, Saturday 13 February, 2016.

Includes exhibitions by the Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation, Western Front Association, Women’s History Association of Ireland, and Irish Labour History Society. The programme includes a musical interlude of period songs, a re-enactment of an engagement between the IRA and Crown forces, poetry recitals, and talks about the women of 1916, and the plans of Tipperary county council to mark the centenary of the Rising. Also stands of local historical societies throughout the county, of books for sale, and from UCC School of History.


Reconsidering the Rising: Spring & Autumn 2016 Public Lectures

A CACSSS initiative. Lectures will take place every Wednesday in May at 6pm in the Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Geology and Geography Building, UCC.  Lectures are free and open to the public.  The lecture series will continue in Autumn 2016.

 May 4: Dr Donal O' Drisceoil, School of History: 'The Misfortune of the Irish?' James Connolly, the 1916 Rising, and the cause of labour

 May 11: Prof. Emeritus Colbert Kearney, School of English: Peader  Kearney: A Soldier's Song

May 18: Prof. Linda Connolly, Department of Sociology: 1916 in 2016: An Unfinished Revolution?

May 25: Virginia Teehan, Director of Cultural Projects: The Centenary of the Honan Chapel: Jewel in the Crown of the Irish Revival


The revolutionary decade & the Catholic church in Ireland (1912-23): a four week free public lecture series, Monday 25 January, 1, 8 and 15 February 2016.

Among the subjects to be addressed in the course of the lectures are the church’s engagement with the home rule crisis of 1912-14;  its attitude towards the question of female suffrage; its role during the Dublin Lockout of 1913; the range of its response to the challenges posed by the outbreak of the First World War; the Church and the 1916 Rising; its position on the wide variety of issues created by the campaign for independence 1919-21; the partition of Ireland in 1920-21; and the Civil War of 1922-23.

Atlas of the Irish Revolution

The Atlas of the Irish Revolution draws together existing and ongoing new research into the revolutionary period in a broad ranging and inclusive manner. It includes contributions from leading scholars across a range of disciplines, incorporating the 'big issues' - such as gender, class, community, religion and ethnicity, the nature of violence, periodization and the geography of revolution - while also maintaining a close focus on events as they impacted at a local level. The analysis of conditions in the provinces, counties and parishes tells the stories of particular individuals and families caught up in the events of these years. The spatial/cartographic emphasis required the production of a range of new data that is represented locally, regionally, nationally (across the thirty-two counties) and internationally; this adds an important new dimension to our understanding of the period and to the historical geography of the revolutionary years. The Atlas also includes sections on the evolution of revolution, and on its aftermath, legacy and the collective memory and cultural representation of this fascinating, transformative period of Irish history.

A chronologically and thematically organised treatment of the period will form the core of the atlas, but the political, military, social, cultural and economic roots of the revolution, as well as its short-, medium- and long-term impacts on Irish life will also be analysed and mapped. The visualisation of the period will be enhanced by the extensive use of archival documents, photographs and paintings. These images will help bring the period to life for a broad audience - academic, school students and the general public. As well as reflecting existing scholarship, the new material will also serve as a resource and impetus for further research and scholarship.

Irish Examiner Supplements

The School of History has established a joint initiative with the print edition of the Irish Examiner, with two principal outlets. The first is a 16 week long programme of supplements, published every Monday, which deals in sequence with major themes relating to the period, while also reproducing contemporary articles from the Examiner’s own archives, and profiles of each of the sixteen figures from the Rising who were executed in its aftermath. The second is a major pull-out supplement on the Rising to be published at Easter 2016

The Irish Revolution website

Online collaboration between the School of History and the Irish Examiner. This website is intended to become the standard online reference for all students of the revolutionary decade. It will be given a ‘soft’ launch, and consist in the first instance primarily of material taken from the Examiner’s coverage of the events of that decade, both from the period itself, and from subsequent years. Over time the School of History will facilitate the contribution of a range of ancillary articles, essays, commentaries, research material materials and so on, that will provide a strong academic underpinning to the paper’s reportage.

Research Projects

There are three significant research projects relating to the Easter Rising specifically, and the revolutionary decade more generally, which the School of History is supporting:

  1. The Dead of the Irish Revolution. This will seek to provide a comprehensive database of all fatalities associated with the revolutionary decade.
  2. The Munster Project. This will seek to provide a comprehensive survey of the experience of the province of Munster during the revolutionary decade. It will involve liaison with local authorities, local historical societies, individual researchers and civil society within each of the six counties of the province.
  3. The Churches Project. This will seek to provide a comprehensive survey of the experience of the principal institutional churches during the revolutionary decade.


Liaison efforts

Schools liaison: Members of the School of History are actively engaged in a schools liaison programme arising out of the Rising centenary, consisting of a number of schools’ visits, the provision of research material for projects, and consultations with teachers.

Liaison with local authorities: Members of the School have played an active role in assisting local authorities within Munster (specifically Cork city and Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Kerry county councils) to frame their 1916 commemorative programmes.

Liaison with local historical societies: Members of the School have used the commemorative focus as a means of highlighting the on-going good work done by local historical societies within the province, to encourage recruitment into same, and have delivered a number of talks to the societies, with more planned in the coming months.

Liaison with government: Members of the School have assisted government, and continue to do so, with their planning for the commemoration, through the provision of detailed chronologies of the period, participation in commemorative committees, and the provision of on-going assistance to overseas embassies in the framing of their commemorative programmes.

Liaison with civil society: Members of the School continue to liaise with a number of organisations in Irish civil society with a view to assisting same with the formulation of their commemorative programmes.

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