Proclaiming the Revolution Conference Details

Proclaiming the Revolution

 Lower Aula Maxima

National University of Ireland, Galway

 22-23 January 2016



9.00     Registration

9.30     Introduction

9.45     Keynote address: Dr Brian Hanley (independent scholar)

‘The Ireland of our ideals’: republicanism and separatism in 1916

10.45   Tea/Coffee

11.00   Panel 1: Images of the Republic and Republicans

Dr Conor McNamara (NUI Galway): Popular and rhetorical notions of land and Freedom in the context of the 1916 Proclamation

W.J. McCormack (former Professor of Literary History from Goldsmiths College, London): The Proclamation and its Democratic Credentials

Dara Folan (NUI Galway): “Glúin na haislinge”: imagining an Ireland ‘not free merely, but Gaelic as well’

Dr Jackie Uí Chionna  (NUI Galway): Shades of Green: Ideological interpretations of Irish nationalism in Galway 1916


1.00     Lunch

2.00     Panel 2: ‘The whole nation and all of its parts’?

Liam Kennedy (Emeritus Professor of Economic History, Queen’s University, Belfast): Texting Terror: The Ulster Covenant and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic

Dr Mary Harris (NUI Galway): The Proclamation and the Partition Question

Dr Shane Nagle (Independent researcher):  Contextualising the Proclamation: The Problem of Unity and Disunity in Nationalist Thought


3.30     Tea/Coffee

4.00     Keynote address: Eamon Ó Cuív. T.D. : Does 1916 and the Proclamation have a relevance in Modern Ireland?

5.30     Book Launch: W.J. McCormack, Enigmas of Sacrifice: A Critique of Joseph M.  Plunkett and            the Dublin Insurrection of 1916 (Michigan State University Press)



9.30     Keynote address: Sinéad McCoole:  How Revolutionary? Addressing Irishwomen

10.30   Tea/Coffee

10.45   Panel 3: Women in 1916 and Beyond

Maryann Gialanella Valiulis (Trinity College Dublin): The Proclamation of 1916: The Making of Equality

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington:  The role of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington in shaping post 1916 Ireland

Dr Marie Coleman (Queen’s University, Belfast): Female veterans of 1916 and the Irish state after independence


12.45   Lunch

1.45     Panel 4: The Pursuit of Equality

Dr Mary Muldowney (Trinity College Dublin): Working for “the principles of equal rights and opportunities for the people of Ireland”. The Irish Citizen Army and the 1916 Rising

James Curry (NUI Galway):  Rosie Hackett and the 1916 Rising

Dr David Convery, (NUI Galway):  ‘The Communist Party of Great Britain and the memory of Easter Rising’


3.15     Tea/Coffee

3.30     Keynote address: Dr Emmet O’Connor (University of Ulster): How radical was the Proclamation?

4.30     Final discussion chaired by Dr John Gibney (Trinity College, Dublin)


Admission to this conference is free but pre-registration is advisable.

To register, email your name and institutional/university details (if any) to