In February 2016, we begin a short series of talks at Five Leaves Bookshop, marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Each event costs £3, and can be booked by email: email@example.com.
Download a printable poster here:
Spring 2016 events flyer .
Please share with your contacts.
Each event runs from 7 to 8.30pm.
A) The Poets’ Rising
with Deirdre O’Byrne
Mon 29 Feb 2016
Many of the 1916 leaders, most notably Thomas MacDonagh, Padraig Pearse and Joseph Plunkett, were writers. The Easter Rising inspired literature at the time, and has done so ever since, as authors celebrate, interrogate and recreate the 1916 legacy.
Deirdre O’Byrne, who teaches Irish literature at Loughborough University, will lead a discussion of a range of writings of the last 100 years, inspired by the conflict. Literary responses are as varied as the Irish weather.
B) The Road to 1916
with Patrick Murphy
Mon 7 March 2016.
At the beginning of the First World War there was very little support for an Irish Republic. Ireland had been promised Home Rule and it seemed almost certain that as soon as the conflict ended the centuries old aspiration of self-government would at last come about. By the time the war ended in 1918 however, Home Rule and the nationalists who supported it had completely lost the trust and support of the Irish People.
The Easter Rising had in Yeats’ words meant that ‘all had changed, changed utterly’; a terrible beauty had indeed been born. Historian Pat Murphy, founder of Nottingham Irish Studies Group, will trace the story of this transformation, which changed the course of Irish history.
C. The Easter Rising and the Great War
with Michael Robinson
Mon 14 March
Thousands of Irish men lost their lives fighting in the British army in the First World War. Michael Robinson of the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University will look at how the war eroded support for Irish Home Rule and the part this played in the 1916 insurrection. He will also explore the effects of the Easter Rising on how the First World War is remembered and commemorated.
D) Easter Rising 1916 – 2016: The Second Fifty Years
with Eddie Walsh
Mon 21 March 2016
The Proclamation of the Irish Republic promised to pursue the prosperity and Buy generic online viagra happiness of the whole nation and to cherish its children equally. The scandals that have enveloped the principal institutions of the state over the last fifty years would suggest that it is an aspiration yet to be fulfilled.
Eddie Walsh, of Keep Left Irish Politics magazine, will explore the unfulfilled struggle towards a workers’ republic, and how progressive politics in Ireland from 1966 onwards failed to make significant lasting progress despite the many successes achieved during the half-century.
We’re going on tour! If you can’t make any of the above dates, perhaps you would like to attend the talks in Mansfield, hosted by Mansfield Irish Association. Click on this link for details: History talks Mansfield Spring 2016 . All welcome. Thanks to Nigel Scott for co-ordinating this.
Talk A on 1916 as represented in Irish literature will also be presented to Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, on Wed 2 March 2016, 7pm in Birmingham Irish Centre, Digbeth. Thanks to Anne Scott (no relation to Nigel, above, but it’s fair to say that they are both Great Scotts) for co-ordination.
Deirdre will also speak on the myth-making around the Easter Rising, at States of Independence at De Montfort University in Leicester, on Sat 12 March.
Nottingham Irish Studies Group has skills, will travel.
If you would like one of the above talks, or something similar, for your group, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests and suggestions welcome.
Room, the film of Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel, is currently showing at Nottingham Broadway. Deirdre O’Byrne (NISG Chair) who teaches Irish literature at Loughborough University, gave a 5-minute introduction to the Silver Screenings at 10.15am and 1.30pm on Thurs 21 Jan 2016.
We’re hoping John Ford’s The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, will be shown in March at Broadway, and are planning a brief introduction tracing its iconic status since its release in 1952, as reflected in Irish literature, eg in Martin McDonagh’s play A Skull in Connemara, and poetry by Maura Dooley and Bernard O’Donoghue.
Current activities of Nottingham Irish Studies Group:
We attended training sessions on 19 Jan in Birmingham, provided by Irish in Britain. In the morning, we got advice on applying for ESP (Emigrant Support Programme) funding, and in the afternoon had a fascinating and useful discussion on suicide awareness in the Irish community.
We’re busy planning our participation in the annual Irish festival – which of course includes an actual march (ok – procession) in Nottingham city centre on Thursday 17 March for Patrick’s Day. NISG will provide a storyteller and viagra for sale an artist to work with a number of local schools; the chosen theme this year is the story of Queen Maeve of Connacht and the Brown Bull of Cooley. The children will make props and simple costumes to wear in the procession, based on the old tale.
Irish culture is not just for St Patrick’s Day.
We are here all year round.
Join us on our facebook page, and on our forum, where we connect with other Irish groups in the East Midlands region.
NISG are proud to have received many invitations from groups and organisations to participate in events in both Ireland and Britain over the past few years. As you’ll see if you click on the ‘Diary’ buttons above left, we’ve worked in Britain with Beeston Library, Beeston Poets, Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, Bromley House Library, Crawley Irish Festival, Curve Theatre (Leicester), Five Leaves Bookshop, Loughborough University, Mansfield and Dukeries Irish Association, Nottingham St Patrick’s Festival and Parade, St Anthony’s School (Solihull) and Stanza Poetry Group.
In Ireland we’ve worked with Courthouse Arts Centre (Tinahely, Co Wicklow), Tullow & Carlow Libraries, History Festival of Ireland, and The International Pan-Celtic Festival.
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Click on the link ‘Irishnottingham‘ to read Patrick Murphy’s article:
‘Irish Settlement in Nottingham in the early Nineteenth Century’
Published in Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, vol xcviii, 1994
(PDF requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Tá ainm Gaeilge againn: Grúpa Nottingham don Léann Éireannach.
NISG has its own page on Facebook:
facebook.com/Nottingham Irish Studies Group.
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We set up and administer Facebook group East Midlands Irish Forum, which has members around Britain and Ireland. Join us there to find or post Irish-related news and activities.
For those interested in the Irish language, we regret to say that our Rang Gaeilge (Irish language class) has now ceased due to low /irregular attendance. If you would like a list of useful internet sites, or some free Irish language worksheets, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.