1916 UCC Commemorations

The first official event of Kerry’s 2016 Centenary Programme is the Revolutionary Decade Roadshow at the Kerins O’Rahilly GAA club, Strand Road, Tralee from 11am-5pm on Saturday 3 October 2015.The event will focus on 1916 and anyone who has documents relating to that time is invited to bring them along and meet with professional archivists and expert historians.

 It will be formally opened at 11 am by Cllr Pat McCarthy, Cathaoirleach of Kerry and Minister Jimmy Deenihan.

Organised by Kerry County Council and The School of History at UCC and hosted by Kerins O’Rahilly GAA club, the event is aimed at anyone who has an interest in the history of the ‘revolutionary decade’ of modern Irish history which includes the defining event of the 1916 Rising along with the First World War, and the War of Independence, and the great causes of the time, such as the labour movement and female suffrage.


Further Information:

Local choirs will sing songs from the period and there will be a re-enactment of the speech given by Maud Gonne at the unveiling of the foundation stone for the Pikeman Statue in Denny Street.

Also present on the day will be a number of local and national historical groups with a particular specialism in this period, including the Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation as well as an exhibition featuring uniforms, medals, photographs, insignia, documentation, prisoners’ autograph books and artefacts relating to the Crown Forces.

Dr Mary McAuliffe, lecturer in women’s studies at UCD and past president of the Women’s History Association of Ireland, will attend the Revolutionary Roadshow. Dr McAuliffe, who is an expert on Cumann na mBan and revolutionary women, will be available to discuss any queries regarding women and their roles in the Rising period. She is also happy to look at any evaluate the historical association of material and artefacts brought in on the day.

With editors and writers, Owen O’Shea and Bridget McAuliffe, Dr McAuliffe is the historical editor of the forthcoming book commemorating and analysing the significant role played by many Kerry women and men in 1916.

There will be an extensive listing in the book of those from the county who were involved in the events leading up to and during Easter 1916. These biographies will be accompanied, where possible, by photographs of the participants, and the editors invite the public attending the Revolutionary Roadshow to bring along any material - photographs, pamphlets, poems, songs, memoirs, notes - relating to those involved in the Rising, in Dublin, Kerry and elsewhere. Items will be scanned and returned to the owners on the day.



Timetable of Events
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Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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