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Ireland’s Call. The Kildare Diaspora and the 1916 Rising

Saturday 17th September, 2016

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Ireland’s Call. The Kildare Diaspora and the 1916 Rising’

Kildare Decade of Commemorations and the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates, NUI Maynooth

John Hume Building (JH 1 Lecture Room)

Maynooth University

17 September 2016

9.00 am: Registration

9.30: Chairman’s welcome, Dr. Ciaran Reilly, NUIM, followed by

‘The Kildare Diaspora and the 1916 Rising: setting the context,’ Executive Librarian Mario Corrigan and Prof. Terence Dooley.

10.00: ‘Brexit 1916: Jack Fitzgerald, English emigrant/Irish patriot,’ James Durney.

10.30: ‘Hail to the flag: Teresa Brayton and her fight for Irish freedom,’ Olive Morrin.

11.00: Coffee/tea.

11.30: ‘The returned exile, William Francis Roantree and the Republican resurgence, 1900-1918,’ Michael Kenny.

12.00: Tour of Russell Library and the Domhnall Ua Buachalla and 1916 exhibition

1.00: Lunch

2.00: John Kenny. The quiet rebel,’ Frances Christ.

2.30: ‘Devoy. The greatest of the Fenians,’ a film by Donal Higgins.

3.00: Open discussion with all speakers chaired by Dr. Ciaran Reilly.

James Durney is currently Historian in Residence for the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations and works in the Local Studies, Genealogy and Archives Department in Newbridge Library.

Olive Morrin works in both the John Paul II and Russell Libraries, Maynooth University in the Special Collections and Archives Department. She is a member of the Teresa Brayton Heritage Group, which promotes her memory and work.

Michael Kenny joined the staff of the National Museum of Ireland in 1975 where he worked until his retirement in 2012. He has published a short biography of William Francis Roantree and also published booklets for the National Museum.

Frances Christ is the great-grand-daughter of John Kenny and lives in New York City. She has written and talked extensively on John Kenny’s role in Clan na Gael and the Irish National Volunteers Committee.

Donal Higgins is a graduate of Maynooth University in Media Studies. An independent film maker, he has produced and directed a documentary on John Devoy and a documentary on the Republican Congress.
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Saturday 17th September, 2016


John Hume Building (JH 1 Lecture Room)
Maynooth University
Maynooth, Ireland