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Staging a Boy Republic: Patrick Pearse and the Boys of St Enda’s / Scouting for Rebels: Na Fianna Éireann and the 1916 Rising

13:30 - 15:00

DIT Level 3: Room 3-067

Introduced by Damien O’Meara

Staging a Boy Republic: Patrick Pearse and the Boys of St Enda’s

Pearse’s school, St Enda’s founded in 1908, was an experiment in education. What made this school so different from other schools of the time? The St. Enda’s boys were involved in re-enactments and dramas. This talk explores what kinds of plays and pageants were staged and to what extent did these dramas influence the pupils leading up to 1916?

Elaine Sisson, author of Pearse’s Patriots: St. Enda’s and the Cult of Boyhood


Scouting for Rebels: Na Fianna Éireann and the 1916 Rising

The contributions to the rebellion of Na Fianna Éireann, the youth organisation founded in 1909 as an Irish nationalist counter-blast to Robert Baden-Powell’s boy-scout movement.

Marnie Hay, Lecturer at the Department of History, St. Patrick’s Campus, Dublin City University


Photograph courtesy of the Capuchin Archive


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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