Fourth of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People's College. Emmet O'Connor's lecture is entitled " 'Labour Must Wait?' -- Workers, Unions and the Irish Revolution."
This lecture will discuss the role played by organised labour during the Irish revolution. One aspect of this is the building of a strong nationwide labour movement in the 1917-22 period after the disaster of the 1913 Lockout. The second aspect is the role organised workers played in the nationalist revolution, from the Citizen Army of 1916 to the General Strikes of 1918, 1920 and 1922 in pursuit of self-determination and 'Soviets' that sprang up around the country. Did labour take forward steps, or as De Valera is alleged to have said, did Labour have to wait?
People's College lecture on the Irish Revolution continues with Dr. John Borgonovo's lecture is entitled 'Revolution in Ireland 1918-21 -- the political and military 're-conquest of Ireland' and British responses.'
On the 20th of February Eithne Fitzgerald spoke at the People's College about the Freedom of Information and how the legislation relates to Trade Unionism and the wider general public.
Eithne opens the discussion with some background to the Freedom of Information and how the legislation has changed since it was introduced by her Dept in 1997, why it was introduced and how the legislation has opened up Government.
Second of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People's College. Dr. Ann Matthews lecture is entitled The Myth of Gender Equality, Women revolutionaries in The Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan in the rising of 1916
The years of the Irish Revolution were also transformative years for Irish women. Women nationalist revolutionaries played a central role in the Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. In some quarters the anti-Treaty activists in Cumann na mBan were blamed for the 1922-23 conflict. Citizen Army women in particular have long been held up as models of gender equality. Historian Ann Mathews questions this assumption.
Dr. Ann Mathews lectures in NUI Maynooth. She is specialist on women's history in early 20th century Ireland, especially during the Irish revolution and its aftermath. She is the author of Renegades Irish Republican Women 1900-1922 and 'Dissidents' Irish Republican Women 1923-41.
This is the first of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People's College. Brian Crowley's lecture posed the question of why Patrick Pearse, one of the leading cultural nationalists and educationalists of his day, was willing to support Home Rule in 1914 but at Easter 1916 was proclaimed the President of the Irish Republic declared by the republican insurgents.
The lecture was delivered in the INTO building on Parnell Square on the 5th of February 2014.
Brian Crowley is the curator of the Pearse Museum in St Enda's in Rathfarnham in Dublin.
He is the author of Patrick Pearse -- A Life in Pictures.