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British Troops in Dublin during Easter Week / 1916 in the Midlands / The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland

11:00 - 13:00

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Collins Barracks, The Palatine Room.

Introduced by John Murray, RTÉ Presenter

British Troops in Dublin during Easter Week

By the end of Easter Week there were 16,000 troops in Dublin. They are perhaps the least understood group involved in the Rising, and all those in a state uniform are grouped together under the heading ‘The British’. But who were they? This talk aims to understand those men who wore a British uniform during Easter Week and ask how and why they should be acknowledged’.

Professor Mike Cronin, Boston College


“The only thing we did was to cut some telegraph wires”: 1916 in the midlands’.

Apart from the destruction of a railway line in Laois on Easter Sunday 1916, the Rising  largely by-passed the midlands. This talk will examine the reasons for the failure of the Rising to spread out from Dublin. It will also examine the way in which the Rising subsequently motivated the growth of the republican movement in the midlands and encouraged young men and women to join the Volunteers and Cumann na mBan.

Marie Coleman, Lecturer in Modern Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast


The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland

Objects from the 1916 Rising garrison posts in Dublin and beyond’

Brenda Malone, National Museum of Ireland


Photograph courtesy of the National Library 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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