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1916 events at UCC

27 Jan 2016
Professor Michéal ÓSuilleabháin, UL will speak about the composer Seán ÓRiada on Friday night (29th Jan) in the Aula Maxima

The School of History at University College Cork will host a major conference this weekend on 'The Rising of Poets and Playwrights?  The Arts and the 1916 Rising.'  Admission is free and all are welcome.

Historian Gabriel Doherty is also giving a series of lectures on 'The Revolutionary Decade and the Catholic Church in Ireland' (1912-1923),  which will be on the 1st and the 8th February. See below the conference programme for more information on the lecture series.   UCC also offers courses covering the Revolutionary Decade period and you will find more information visit





Friday 29 – Saturday 30th January 2016



The School of History at UCC is pleased to announce that a free, two-day, public conference on the subject of the arts and the 1916 Rising is scheduled to take place in UCC on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th January 2016.

 The event – which is free and open to all members of the general public who wish to attend – is the latest in a series of conferences organised by UCC’s School of History and collectively entitled ‘Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution’ The purpose of the series is to mark the centenary of the ‘revolutionary decade’ in modern Irish history (1912-23) by bringing the cream of Irish, British and international scholars to Cork. Previous events have examined the home rule crisis of 1912-4, the 1913 Dublin lock-out, and Ireland and the First World War.


Note re venues: The Kane Building is the Science Building just inside the main vehicular entrance on College Road.  The Aula Maxima is in the Main Quad on the clock tower side of the Quadrangle while the Boole Lecture theatres are at the side of the Boole Library.


Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution:The Rising of poets & playwrights? The arts & the 1916 Easter Rising

Friday 29th

Kane Building (Science building), Lecture Theatre G18


Opening remarks

                Gabriel Doherty, School of History, University College Cork



Session One


The politics of erasure: Lehmann James Oppenheimer and the Honan Chapel, Cork

                James Cronin, School of History, University College Cork


Constructing Constance: Art and Performativity in the Fashioning of Constance de Markiewicz

                Fionna Barber, Manchester School of Art


Revisiting Three Historical Paintings by Jack B. Yeats

                Patricia Curtin-Kelly, Freelance art historian



Coffee break



Session Two


Pirate Poetry

                Morgan Daniels, Queen Mary, University of London/Arcadia University, London Centre


‘The nation is ashamed of its past’: Patrick Pearse and the quest for the ‘authentic Ireland’

                Conor MacNamara, National University of Ireland Galway



Session ends



Official Opening


Aula Maxima


Welcoming address

                David Ryan, Chair, School of History, University College Cork

                University College Cork


‘Where folk and art meet’: Carolan, Ó Riada, and the music of cultural mediation

                Micheál Ó Suilleabháin, Professor of Music, University of Limerick


Saturday 30th

Boole I lecture theatre


A plaque on both your houses: monuments of the Easter Rising

                Ray Bateson, author



Coffee break



Theatre of the revolution

                Maria Young, Theatre producer


12.00 noon

A standing army of poets

                Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, emeritus Professor of English, Trinity College Dublin



Lunch break



The Rising on film

                Kevin Rockett, Associate Professor in Film Studies, Trinity College, Dublin



Coffee Break



Literature and the Rising

                Irina Ruppo Malone, Department of English, National University of Ireland, Galway



Art and the Rising

                Robert Ballagh, artist



Closing remarks


Organiser: Gabriel Doherty, School of History, University College Cork



The Revolutionary Decade and the Catholic Church in Ireland’ (1912-1923).

Series of lectures on the 1st and 8th February

6pm   Boole 1 Lecture Theatre    All welcome


To mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Chaplaincy in UCC is pleased to announce its hosting of a series of lectures on the subject of ‘The Revolutionary Decade and the Catholic Church in Ireland’ (1912-1923).

The talks, which will be delivered by Gabriel Doherty of the School of History, will take place over three successive weeks (Monday 25th January and 1st and 8th February), be of approximately one hour duration (starting at 6pm), and will take place in the Boole I lecture theatre.  Following each lecture there will be an opportunity to meet and discuss the subject over tea and biscuits in the chaplaincy.

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; and 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.


University College Cork

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh

College Road, Cork T12 K8AF