While the regime tried their damnedest to depoliticise and adapt the centenary of 1916 to their own ends, the Blueshirt class of shopkeepers and bankers were found once again fumbling in their greasy tills, Shucking history for a few pennies over the odds. Let’s starry plough through some examples. 1. Connolly Shot Glasses Carroll’s brand of sheep clutching, flat cap wearing Guinness swilling leprechauns is hardly going to turn its eye to the rising with any sensitivity. If chocolate bar proclamations weren’t bad enough, one can only imagine what our lost labour leader Connolly would have thought of his mustachioed … Read More
Souvenir Shop is one of the Arts Council’s major Easter 1916 commemorative projects. The shop is located in a ramshackle old Georgian house on North Great George’s St. Rita Duffy has filled the shop with subversive products inspired by the revolutionary 1916 period. Catriona Devery caught up with Rita to talk about the show.
Shot in the style of the old news reels, this short film project aims to emphasis the role of women in 1916. With just days left on their Fund:it appeal, we caught up with comedian Elaine Gallagher to chat about the centenary year. Hi Elaine, so how’s the Fund:it campaign going? Fairly stressful? Hey, it’s going okay. It’s a full time job, constantly plugging the campaign and you start to feel you’re annoying people after a while but I suppose it’s all part of the process – keep informing people about it until they finally contribute and/or tell their … Read More
Spotted in Phibsboro earlier on. Locals are getting ready to lay a wreath in memory of local lad Micheal O’Hanrahan who was executed on this day in 1916.
He lived at 67 Connaught St and fought in Jacob’s Mill during the rising. He was a gaelic scholar, IRB activist and quartermaster of the Irish Volunteers. The event is being organized by the Cabra 1916 Rising Committee.
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Stoneybatter & Smithfield People’s History Project have a commemoration lined up later today. It’s to remember sixteen locals murdered by the South Staffordshire regiment on this very weekend one hundred years ago. As they have it themselves: “Join the local community at 2.30pm at Kavanagh’s Pub on Aughrim Street for a short march to North King Street where a plaque inscribed with the names of the 16 men and boys will be unveiled. Relatives and descendants of the victims will be in attendance and the plaque will be unveiled by 82 year old Betty Ivers, relative of 16 year … Read More
Paula Geraghty captured Damien Dempsey belting out his ballad about Connolly. Turns out his Aunt Jennie was involved in the rising. For more on that it might be worth listening to his appearance on Rising, by Black Bank Folk – a 1916 centenary concept album no less. Any other good videos from the day?
A tastefully haunted ode to the pacifist Francis Sheey Skeffington who was shot on this day in 1916. He’d spent much of the rising trying to prevent looting and was arrested on his way home to Rathmines at Portobello Bridge. A character called Captain J. C. Bowen-Colthurst, an officer in the 3rd battalion of Royal Irish Rifle, took him hostage as part of a marauding raiding party. The long and the short of it was, as Skeffy’s wife told playwright Hayden Talbot six years after the killing – her husband’s body “had been put in a sack and buried in … Read More
If you missed it, here’s a video of the boyz-in-viz stopping the Pavee Point contingent on yesterday’s 1916 parade. Obviously the symbolism of making a prominent group of Traveller’s rights activists wait to be last, went well over the heads of whoever was making policing decisions on a day marking 1916. Cherish all the something something. Move along now. To the side. If you listen closely you can hear clear indignation among the group stopped for precisely this reason.
Interesting event later at 7pm. This time looking into the history of how the 1916 rebels broadcast their mission to the outside world. The author of Rebel Radio, Eddie Bohan, will be along to discuss the significance of how wireless broadcast was used during the insurrection. Full details over on Facebook.
On the anniversary of the passing of Dublin historian Shane MacThomáis (the unintended star of One Million Dubliners), some of his friends and fellow historians are hosting a screening in his honour. The documentary The Greatest of the Fenians directed by Donal Higgins, and about John Devoy, will be shown, with donations collected on the day going to Aware, a charity that support people through depression. John Devoy was a Kildare man and rebel leader, who devoted most of his life to the cause of Irish freedom. He was exiled and died in America, but his remains were brought back … Read More