1916 at the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

A selection of events from the Lifelong Learning Festival which explore 1916.

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MONDAY, April 11

EXHIBITION: TOMÁS MACCURTAIN & THE GAELIC LEAGUE

All week-long from 9am – 5.30pm at the Blackpool Community Centre in conjunction with the Blackpool Historical Society. Visit this exhibition & learn about Tomás MacCurtain, life in 1916 and the Blackpool branch of the Gaelic League. For more info call 450 1787 or email blackpoolcc@gmail.com

 

THE WOMEN OF 1916

Stop by the Turner’s Cross Community Centre at 7:30 to enjoy a presentation by Phil O’Regan on the women of 1916. Check out  TurnersCrossCA on Facebook or Twitter or call Joe Curtin 086 259 1362.

 

TUESDAY, April 12

FROM MEDIEVAL CORK TO 1916

Stop by St Peter’s on North Main St  at 11am as Eileen O’Shea, Programme & Event Manager, takes you through the history of Cork’s oldest church, nestled in the heart of the medieval city. St Peter’s is the 1916 Centre of Commemoration & hosts Rebellion, an exhibition by Rachel Abraham, also discussed during the tour. St Peter’s is open Tues – Sat, admission free. For info, call 427 8187  or email: eileen@leisureworldcork.com

 

NORTH PRES REMEMBERS 1916

From 10.30am – 2pm at North Presentation Secondary School: Learn about the events & people connected with the 1916 Rising with guest speaker Gerry White. Come & join in what promises to be a fitting commemoration of what happened at Easter 1916. The event is hosted by the regular Tuesday Adult Education History Group. For details, contact Joanne Twomey at 430 3330 or 085 814 5328 or email: adulted@northpres.ie for information & bookings.

Topics include: Cork and the Rising; The little General, Sir John French; The story of Cumann na mBan; Terence MacSwiney and 1916; Women of the Rising. 

 

WEDNESDAY, April 13

THE FREE UNIVERSITY: ACE AT UCC PUBLIC LECTURE PROGRAMME

IRELAND’S GREAT WAR

A lecture at the Central Library, Grand Parade 2pm – 3pm with John Ware, School of History & ACE, UCC. Examine World War I from Ireland’s perspective & the changes the country underwent from 1914-18. He looks at Irish soldiers: from the imperial veterans who changed their red coats for khaki, to the young volunteers who fought on terrible battlefields. There were already 16 regiments of the king’s army which proclaimed themselves Irish & wore harp or shamrock as their badge. Even in peacetime they comprised a force much larger than Ireland’s defence forces today. On the outbreak of war they were joined by tens of thousands of volunteers. These men came from a country already on the brink of sectarian civil war. The survivors returned to a country transformed & transforming in a new struggle. 

 

LIFE IN 1916: STORIES FROM STATISTICS

From 3pm – 4pm at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. Eoin MacCuirc of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) takes you on a journey back to 1916. The statistics provide surprising stories of what it was like to live in Ireland 100 years ago. It was a different world altogether. Come & experience this world in images & numbers & learn what they can tell us. For info contact Eoin MacCuirc 453 5504, or email eoin.maccuirc@ cso.ie Presented by CSO in association with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

 

THURSDAY, April 14

SPOKEN WORD: every Irish person is an expert on what the Rising means

At Bishopstown Library, Wilton Shopping Centre from 2.30pm – 3.20pm, Colm Scully & Conor Ó Bheal present original stories & poems about 1916, poetry by Thomas McDonagh, performed against a filmed backdrop. Its aim is to display in an entertaining format the effects that 1916 have had on two citizens from opposite ends of the Republic (Cork & Leitrim) who were born at the time of the 50th anniversary. Call 492 4950/51 for details.

 

THE MUSIC OF 1916

This special event takes place from 11am – noon at St Luke’s Nursing Home.  Brian Lenihan, a St Luke’s volunteer, presents music from the 1916 era. What would a music lover have had to choose from 100 years ago? Event would usually be just for the residents at St Luke’s but is open to the public for the festival. Info and booking Ann Crowley 435 9444 or email info@stlukeshome.ie

 

BLACKPOOL IN 1916

At the Blackpool Community Centre, 7.30pm. Learn from local historian Mark Cronin what life was like 100 years ago in this area of Cork. Contact 450 1787 or email blackpoolcc@gmail.com

 

THE HONAN CHAPEL IN IRELAND’S REVOLUTIONARY DECADE

ACE at the HONAN CHAPEL

From 7pm – 8pm James Cronin, School of History & ACE, UCC will discuss the role of Irish arts during the Irish Revolutionary decade 1912-1922, currently being commemorated. In particular, he looks at how art & politics were interconnected during this period with reference to the Honan Chapel on the grounds of UCC. Afterwards, the Cór Cúil Aodha all men’s choir, founded by Séan Ó Riada, will sing in the Honan Chapel until 9pm.

 

FRIDAY, April 15

RISING ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

Blackpool Library, Redforge Road. 11am 1916  Maurice O’Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore gives a presentation on the 1916 Oral History Collection which comprises 245 hours of audio recordings with the sons, daughters, grandchildren & other close relatives of those who were central to events at Easter 1916. Telephone 492 4933 for information.

 

ORDER, COUNTER-ORDER & DISORDER – CORK 1916

Stop by the Hollyhill Library, on Harbour View Rd Knocknaheeny at 11am for a talk by historian Gerry White on events in Cork during the 1916 Easter Rising. Presented by Cork City Partnership, We the People, Hollyhill Library. Light refreshments. All welcome, but places limited, so booking advised. Call Noreen O’Regan or Norma Kenny 439 9503 or 087 196 2026

 

RISING ORAL HISTORY PROJECT: 1916

At Bishopstown Library, in the Wilton Shopping Centre at 2.30pm. Maurice O’Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore gives a talk on its 1916 Rising Oral History Project. Since 2012, when fieldwork began, previously undocumented primary source material has been uncovered, courtesy of the families recorded. Telephone 492 4950/51 for details.

 

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ARTS & CRAFTS: DESIGNING THE EVERYDAY POST 1916

In the West Wing of the historic quad at UCC, room 6. From 2pm – 3pm Design Historian, Frances McDonald, ACE, UCC gives a lecture on the story behind the new independent Ireland’s first coins, stamps & other everyday items. Following the 1916 Rising, the political & cultural changes that were taking place in Ireland were expressed through a number of everyday objects including a new currency, philately & post-boxes, which were painted green. The story of how these items came into being presents a fascinating insight into identity & expression in the newly emerging Free State. 

 

 

SATURDAY, April 15

THE FREE UNIVERSITY: ACE AT UCC PUBLIC LECTURE PROGRAMME

CORK & THE EASTER RISING

 

Cork City & County Archives presents a series of talks on Cork in 1916:

Schedule Speaker Subject
10:30am Lord Mayor, Cllr Chris O’Leary Welcome & Registration
11.00am Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Historian Blurred Lines: ‘Examining’ Daily Life in Cork in 1916
Noon Dr. John Borgonovo, UCC School of History Cork and the 1916 Rising
1pm  Lunch break Light refreshments provided
1.30pm Rosaleen Underwood, Genealogist Roibárd Langford, His Family History and his role in 1916 in Cork, as Lieutenant, Cork No. 1 Brigade
2.30pm Mark Cronin Blackpool in 1916

Booking is advised: contact Michael Higgins 450 5876 or email archivist@corkcity.ie 

 

All are welcome to join in the fun at the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2016. This is a small selection of the many amazing activities on offer. A full programme of events, including more details and directions to the 1916 events listed here, is available at their website with updates throughout the coming weeks on social media at @corkhour and @ACEUCC, among others.


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