Saturday, 7 January 2012

1916 and Independence courses in Dublin

Two new courses are being offered by UCD at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin:

Irish War of Independence, 1919 - 1921 
Tutor: Úna Newell

This course explores the events, impact and legacy of the Irish War of Independence. It discusses key aspects of the political and military campaigns both at a national and a regional level and concludes with an examination of the Anglo-Irish Treaty signed on 6 December 1921. Run in conjunction with the National Library of Ireland, participants have an opportunity to view a wide variety of primary source material relating to this period.

8 Wednesdays - Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Mar 7, 14, 21 10.00am-12.30pm

Writing Rebellion: Easter 1916 
Tutor Garrett Fagan

This course looks at the literary and cultural and social responses to Easter 1916 from the event up to the present day. It will cover poetry by Yeats and the 1916 rebels (Pearse and MacDonagh), plays by Sean O’Casey and Frank Mc Guinness, novels by Roddy Doyle and Sebastian Barry and today’s reinterpretations such as the graphic novel Blood Upon the Rose. We will also explore the way in which Easter 1916 is present in the city around us, how its representation and memory shapes our physical surroundings today through art, architecture, sculpture and public processions, festivals and events. It will look at Film and TV representations of the event. It will include a consideration of public performance through the 1966 50th anniversary events and debates around commemorations today and the proposed re design of GPO and O’Connell Street. The course will also involve a field trip to the GPO and to Kilmainham Gaol.

8 Tuesdays Jan 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 13, 20 10.00am-12.30pm

Each course costs €175 and will take place in the seminar room of the National Library on Kildare Street. To book places, contact UCD Adult Education Centre: 01 7167123, by Email at, or visit the UCD website at

(With thanks to the National Library of Ireland via


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