2015 Festival

Commemorating 1916

Published: August 14, 2019 by source

With Diarmaid Ferriter, Anne Dolan, John A. Murphy & Eamon Phoenix. Moderator Jane Ohlmeyer.

In 2011 the Government announced its intention “to properly commemorate the centenary of the great events of 1916”. The emphasis on “proper” commemoration suggested a certain caution about what might be construed as “improper” appropriation of 1916. Since then the debate has raged on how to properly celebrate the foundation story of the Irish state with a broad spectrum of views expressed. Some advocate proud and unashamed celebration of the sacrifice of the men of 1916; others counter with concern about the legitimacy of violence and the need to respect sensitivities towards all-island perspectives. Consensus, for now, seems a long way off. A distinguished panel debates the issues.

Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. Anne Dolan is a lecturer in Modern Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin. John A. Murphy is Emeritus Professor of History at University College Cork. Eamon Phoenix is Principal Lecturer in History at Stranmillis University College, Queen’s University Belfast. Jane Ohlymeyer is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 25 September 2015.