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SPOTLIGHT ON… Irish Military History Seminar

Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to play host to the Irish Military History Seminar each summer, which is presented by the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations in partnership with JuneFest.  While the festival couldn’t go ahead as planned in 2020 due to Covid 19 restrictions, online events were presented throughout the Autumn/Winter, including events recorded  on the Riverbank stage. You can watch these and other recordings on their YouTube Channel  and find out more information on

This most recent video REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN features an interview between historian Liz Gillis and Mario Corrigan of Kildare Library Service where they discuss the role of revolutionary women during the 1912-23 period in Ireland. This Irish Military Seminar event was recorded in the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge in December 2020. It includes discussion on the activities of Cumann na mBan, the Irish Citizen Army & Inghinidhe na hÉireann, along with seminal events such as the 1913 Lockout, 1916 Rising, 1918 General Election, the War of Independence and the Civil War. It includes images from the Kildare Local Studies & Archives Collections and from the Military Archives.

This event was supported by the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Programme & the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

This blogpost is part of our Spotlight On… series, focussing on local partners, organisations and artists during Covid restrictions – See our recent feature on Newbridge Drama Group and  watch out for a Spotlight on.. June Fest soon.