While historical re-enactments are all the rage in this ‘Decade of Centenaries’, and we have seen everything from Ulster Volunteer Forces rallies to Fenian funerals re-enacted by enthusiastic historical societies, it’s unlikely we’ll see anyone recreate the looting of Noblett’s sweet shop come 24 April 2016. Donal Fallon has this tale of proletarian shopping in the rare auld times. Somewhat at odds with the popular narrative of the Easter Rising, … Read More
As many as forty activists are blocking work at 14-18 Moore Street, Dublin tonight. The terrace is the site of the surrender of five of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence in 1916.
As part of the 1916 Centenary celebrations Fine Gael plans to exhume the bodies of the leaders of the 1916 Rising and execute them again, “to be sure”.
Already there has been plenty of uproar about how the government and its cultural institutions intend to commemorate the rising. Sean Finnan takes a look at how conflicting narratives battle over 1916 to legitimise contemporary concerns. Commemorating 1916 has always been both a factitious and contentious event. In 1966 on the fiftieth anniversary of the Rising, the events of Easter week were celebrated with militaristic bravado while in 1991,with the … Read More
The annual Stoneybatter & Smithfield People’s History Project festival takes place from October 23rd-25th and marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. Those familiar with the Project will know they run a very successful and acclaimed series of talks, walks, films and events based around the history of the people of Dublin 7 and its near neighbours. Last year’s festival opened with David Jazay‘s project Bargaintown which last … Read More
In Look Up Paul Reynolds Encourages you rabble to briefly break from your daily grind and consider the ghosts that haunt the buildings that surround us. This issue we look at one of the most photographed buildings in Ireland. Any visitor, be they Dub, culchie or a bleedin’ foreigner, will recognize that place in Temple Bar which always has buskers beside it. The townies amongst you might know the can … Read More