We are proud to present Crossroads, a series of talks on Irish Studies, including a re-examination of the 1914-1916 period, when war at home and abroad found Irish people at the crossroads of history.
Crossroads programme - Click on the link to download the full printable programme.
The venue is the new and very welcome Five Leaves Bookshop at 14a Long Row, Nottingham (up alley opposite Tourist Information Centre). All talks will be on Wednesdays 7.30 - 9pm. Adm £3 on the door, inc refreshments. All welcome ~ Fáilte.
15 Jan. ‘We have lived in important places: Anahorish and Inniskeen’: Deirdre O’Byrne on Seamus Heaney’s rural background and the influence of Patrick Kavanagh.
29 Jan. 100 Years On: Michael Robinson addresses the issue of shell-shock and Ireland’s role in the Great War.
12 Feb. From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: An Academic in Long Kesh, by Alan Bairner.
26 Feb: Pat Murphy examines the Home Rule Crisis and the First World War.
12 Mar: Marc Scully on St Patrick’s Day and the Irish in England: History, Identity and Belonging.
19 Mar: Cliff Housley on the Sherwood Foresters who were sent to Dublin in Easter 1916.
The World War 1 events above will be entered on the Nottingham Museums database, and the national database, commemorating and interrogating the history of the First World War.
The article has been praised by Professor John Lucas of Shoestring Press, and the book is one of London Review of Books’ Christmas selection.
We’ve been delighted by the many invitations from groups and organisations to present and/or participate in events over the past few months. As you’ll see if you click on ‘Diary 2013′ above, we’ve been involved with Beeston Library, Beeston Poets, Crawley Irish Festival, Curve Theatre (Leicester), History Festival of Ireland, Loughborough University, Stanza Poetry Group, and Tullow & Carlow Libraries (Co Carlow, Ireland).
If you have ideas/suggestions/requests for events, complete our short survey here.
Bookings for 2014
Wednesday 5 March 7pm, Deirdre will give a talk on the plays of Martin McDonagh for Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, at Birmingham Irish Centre, Digbeth.
On Mon 17 March, we’ll continue our St Patrick’s Day tradition of running storytelling for children, ‘Have a Go @ Gaeilge’. Sheelagh Gallager will present a talk on the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen. Full details tbc.
Coming up in Autumn 2014
‘It’s A Long Way to Tipperary’: Irish Literature and the First World War. We’ve been asked to run a workshop for Nottingham City Libraries on Irish involvement in WW1, as represented in poetry, drama and fiction. This event will be part of the centenary re-appraisal of the so-called ‘Great War’.
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 nua againn: Grúpa Nottingham don Léann Éireannach.
NISG now 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.
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.
REBELS AND DISSIDENTS Click on this LINK to read (or download - right click and ’save as’ a word document) about the series of Nottingham talks in Autumn 2009. This series was repeated for Mansfield Irish Association in 2010: Rebels and Dissidents Word Doc