Reconsidering the Rising: Now Available on Podcast

Check out these podcasts from the Autumn 2016 lecture series at UCC

Reconsidering the Rising: Historical Podcasts


Introduced by Dr Hiram Morgan and Dr John Borgonovo from the UCC School of History, the recordings can be accessed from the listings below. Read on for further description of the talks this autumn at University College Cork, which form part of the 2016 commemorations in Cork.




“We have no idealistic interest in Ireland and no revolution, no rifles”; Imperial Germany’s half-hearted attempts to support Irish republicans, 1904-1919

The German government’s extensive contacts with Irish separatists before and during the First World War culminated with the 1916 Easter Rising.  German support for the Rising was part of a global strategy meant to destabilise the British, French and Russian empires, utilizing pre-war contacts between Germany and Irish, Middle-Eastern and Indian separatists. The Rising was linked to German planning of the battle of Verdun, while the German Supreme Army Command cancelled another large-scale gun-running operation to Ireland intended for February 1917.  This lecture will explore different dimensions of German collaboration with Irish republicans, illuminating the strengths and limitations of ‘our gallant allies’ involvement in revolutionary Ireland.


Dr Aan de Wiel lectures in the School of History at UCC.  He has published extensively on European state responses to the Irish Revolution.  His monographs include The Catholic Church in Ireland, 1914-1918: War and Politics (2003) and The Irish Factor, 1899-1919; Ireland’s strategic and diplomatic importance for foreign powers (2008).




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

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 TheAtlas of the Irish Revolution Schools Outreach Programme.  She was also a researcher in that forthcoming publication.

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