Once Removed from the Revolution

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – 6pm

UCC Public Lecture:  Dr Helene O’Keeffe


“Once Removed from Revolution”: Second Generation Memory of the 1916 Rising


This Wednesday 19 October, Dr Helene O’Keeffe will give a public lecture in the Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Geology/Geography Building, UCC (beside the Honan Chapel) at 6pm.


Far from being handed down with timeless veracity from one generation to the next, the first hand recollections of the 1916 Easter Rising were redacted and revised, subject to the vagaries of memory and passed on piecemeal to the second generation. The testimonies of the sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, however, serve to humanise and contextualise the participants in the Rising, and provide an insight into the processes of memory. Based on a case study of 100 oral history interviews, this lecture will explore how memories of the revolutionary period were transferred from one generation to the next and the motives for remembering and forgetting Easter Week.


Dr Helene O’Keeffe received her PhD from UCC in 2009 for her thesis on the collective memory of Robert Emmet.  Her recent book, To Speak of Easter Week, a study of second generation memory of the 1916 Rising, was published in October 2015.  She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the School of History, UCC, in charge of the The Atlas of the Irish Revolution Schools Outreach Programme.  She was also a researcher in that forthcoming publication.  


This talk forms part of the Reconsidering the Rising Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

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