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1916: The Irish Rebellion
Screening and discussion

  • Tuesday 7 June 2016, 6.00PM to 8:00pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

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Join us for an edited screening of the documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion followed by a discussion. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the documentary tells the dramatic story of the events that took place in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, when a small group of Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire.

The screening of the landmark Radio Telefis Eireann / University of Notre Dame documentary is presented by its writer and producer Briona Nic Dhiarmada and Irish historian Patrick Griffin. This is followed by a panel discussion featuring the Ambassador of Ireland to the UK, His Excellency Daniel Mulhall.

1916: The Irish Rebellion features a combination of rarely seen archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts. Although defeated militarily, the men and women of the Easter Rising would wring a moral victory from the jaws of defeat and inspire countless freedom struggles throughout the world – from Ireland to India.

The event is hosted by Matthew Campbell of the University of York and supported by a University of York External Engagement Award.

About the speakers

Briona Nic Dhiarmada is a Professor of Irish at the University of Notre Dame and writer and producer of the landmark RTE/ University of Notre Dame documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion. Her book on Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Teacs Baineann, Teacs Mna won the prestigious Merriman Prize for Irish Language Academic Book of the Year in 2006. The author of over 35 screen plays and 10 documentaries, Bríona won the 2007 Television Programme of the Year at the Oireachtas na Gaeilge for Ar Lorg Shorcha.

Patrick Griffin is a Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame. His work explores the intersection of colonial American and early modern Irish and British history. It focuses on Atlantic-wide themes and dynamics. He has published work on the movement of peoples and cultures across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the process of adaptation.  He also examines the ways in which Ireland, Britain, and America were linked - and differed - during the 17th and 18th centuries.

His Excellency Daniel Mulhall became the Ambassador of Ireland to the UK in September 2013. He has previously served as Ambassador to Berlin, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Educated at University College Cork, he entered the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Third Secretary in March 1978.

Matthew Campbell is a Professor of Modern Literature at the University of York. Most of his work is on British and Irish poetry of the last two centuries. He is particularly interested in the history of the sounds of poems, or even the sounds of poems in history. He has published regularly on contemporary Irish poetry, as well as on Romantic poetry, Celticism, elegy, and war writing.



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