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The “Cork comedy” and the Rising that Wasn’t: Easter 1916 in Rebel Cork / Thomas Kent

14:00 - 16:00

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 Collins Barracks, The Palatine Room

Introduced by John Murray, RTÉ Presenter

The “Cork comedy” and the Rising that Wasn’t: Easter 1916 in Rebel Cork.

Despite Rebel Cork’s close association with the Irish War of Independence, separatists there failed to join the 1916 Rising. This talk will explain the circumstances around Cork’s stillborn rebellion, and illuminate why the Dublin rising did not become a national one. It will also show how this embarrassment later vaulted Cork republicans into the vanguard of the struggle for independence.

John Borgonovo, Lecturer in history at University College Cork


Thomas Kent

Thomas Kent was executed after a gun battle with members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) who came to arrest him and his brothers on May 2, 1916, during the aftermath of the Easter Rising. During the ensuing fight, head constable William Rowe was killed and Kent’s brother Richard later died of his wounds. He was executed by firing squad on May 9, 1916, in the Military Detention Barracks, Cork, and buried in an unmarked grave in its grounds.  His State funeral took place in Cork, 99 years after his execution.

Brian Casey, School of History, UCD


Photograph courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland


Abbey Theatre, An Garda Siochana, Association of Professional Genealogists Ireland, Band of An Garda Siochana, Buswells Hotel, Capuchin Friary, Century Ireland, Cobblestone, Conradh na Gaeilge, Dubray Books Grafton Street, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eason’s O’Connell Street, Gallery of Photography. Garda Historical Society, Generator Hostel, Glasnevin Trust, Grafton Barbers, Hodges Figgis Dawson Street, Irish Film Archive, Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club. John Shevlin Millinery, Little Museum of Dublin, Louis Copeland & Sons, Manning's Bakery, Massey Funeral Directors, Maynooth University, Merrion Square Artists Association, National College of Art and Design, National Library of Ireland, National Museum at Collins Barracks, National Transport Museum of Ireland, NUI Galway, Poetry Ireland, Queen's University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, Royal Hibernian Academy, St Michan's Church of Ireland Parish, St Michan's Roman Catholic Parish, St Vincent de Paul, SIPTU, The Four Courts, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, University of Ulster, Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables, National Print Museum, Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers, ICA, Feltmakers Ireland, Irish Woodturners Guild, Doran Barber Shop The Pram Doctor, The Merrion Square Artists Association, The Dice Bar, Third Space, The Family Resource Centre St. Michael’s Estate, Brown Bag Films, The Stoneybatter and Smithfield People’s History Project, The Revenue Museum,

RTÉ would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and participation of the individual speakers who were kind enough to share their research and private collections with the public as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising project. A big thanks also to the many volunteers and actors who gave their time so generously to help make RTÉ Reflecting the Rising a memorable and successful day.

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