Tom Crean – Ireland’s Unsung Hero – BOOKED OUT

Pearse Street Library 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Dublin
Michael Smith

Michael Smith, Tom Crean’s biographer, discusses the Antarctic explorer’s remarkable adventures and the creation of an iconic figure in Irish history. Michael Smith is the best-selling author whose book, An Unsung Hero, the biography of Tom Crean, stimulated widespread interest in Ireland’s role in Polar exploration. Crean’s story is now included on the curriculum in...

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The World Turned Upside Down: Lord Edward Fitzgerald, the British Army and the Cause of Irish Freedom (Big Weekend)

Tercentenary Hall, TBSI Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 152 - 160 Pearse St, Dublin 2, Dublin
Stella Tillyard

Lord Edward Fitzgerald, the British Army, and the battle for Irish Freedom. This illustrated talk begins at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, South Carolina, where Lord Edward Fitzgerald fought in the last battle of the American Revolution. Stella will argue that his journey to republicanism began on that battlefield and continued without interruption until 1798....

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Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871-1918 (Big Weekend)

Tercentenary Hall, TBSI Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 152 - 160 Pearse St, Dublin 2, Dublin
Katja Hoyer

Before 1871, Germany was not a nation but an idea. Its founder, Otto von Bismarck, had a formidable task at hand. How would he bring thirty-nine individual states under the yoke of a single Kaiser, convincing proud Prussians, Bavarians and Rhinelanders to become Germans? Once united, could the young European nation wield enough power to...

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The Extraordinary Life of Rose Dugdale (Big Weekend)

Tercentenary Hall, TBSI Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 152 - 160 Pearse St, Dublin 2, Dublin
Sean O’Driscoll

The astonishing story of the English heiress who devoted her life to the IRA. She grew up in a Chelsea townhouse and on a Devon estate. She was presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace as a debutante in 1958. She trained at Oxford as an academic economist and had a love affair with a female professor (who was...

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Kathleen Clarke: Dublin’s First Female Lord Mayor – BOOKED OUT

Dublin Council Chamber Dublin Council Chamber, City Hall, Dublin 2, Dublin
Helen Litton

2022 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of Kathleen Clarke. The first female Lord Mayor of the city, Clarke was a leading figure in Cumann na mBan and a member of the Executive of Sinn Féin during the War of Independence. Widow of 1916 signatory Thomas J. Clarke, her unique first hand account of...

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Sarah Cecilia Harrison: Suffragist, Artist and Councilor

Oak Room, The Mansion House Oak Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dublin
Margarita Cappock

Sarah Cecilia Harrison (1863-1941) was one of Dublin’s finest portrait painters but she also immersed herself in the political and social fabric of Dublin life, becoming the first female elected as a Dublin City Councillor in 1912. This talk, in the historic setting of Dublin's Mansion House, will examine her importance in the history of...

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Thirty Years of History Ireland

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Tommy Graham and Donal Fallon

History Ireland editor Tommy Graham discusses the history (and future) of Ireland's popular history magazine with Donal Fallon. Where did History Ireland emerge from, and what has shaped the magazine? Tommy Graham is editor of History Ireland magazine. Donal Fallon is the presenter of the Three Castles Burning Podcast.

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You Will Dye at Midnight (Online)

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Donal McCracken

Victorian Ireland was global champion of threatening letters. Donal McCracken's recent book reveals the murky world where tens of thousands of these letters and notices were nailed to barn doors or sent by penny post, intimidating, giving 'fair warning' and terrorizing the recipients. Donal McCracken has a research interest divided between environmental history, media history...

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The Assassination of Henry Wilson: Ronan McGreevy in conversation with Gerard Shannon – BOOKED OUT

Pearse Street Library 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Dublin
Ronan McGreevy and Gerard Shannon

Ronan McGreevy's study of the assassination of Sir Henry Wilson has been described by Michael Portillo as "both forensic and a page-turner, and ultimately deeply tragic, for Ireland as much as for the murder victim." Historian Gerard Shannon, author of a forthcoming biography of IRA leader Liam Lynch, will discuss the death of Wilson and...

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