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From a Whisper to a Roar: Monaghan, the 1916 Rising and its commemoration in 1966/ ‘It started with a bang’: 1916 and Edenderry – a Midlands Perspective

11:00 - 13:00

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DIT Level 2: Room 2-017

Introduced by Marty Morrissey, RTÉ

From a Whisper to a Roar: Monaghan, the 1916 Rising and its commemoration in 1966

In Monaghan in 1916, there was no rebellion and little sympathy for the defeated rebels among the vast majority of Monaghan nationalists.  Yet, in 1966, Monaghan became one of the twelve chosen areas where official government commemorations of the Rising were held. The memory of the county’s non-participation in 1916 had to be ignored or even erased, and a myth of participation created. This paper examines events in Monaghan in 1916 and 1966.

Terence Dooley, Associate Professor of History at Maynooth University.


‘It started with a bang’:  1916 and Edenderry – a Midlands Perspective

This talk will focus on two Edenderry men who took part in the 1916 Rising; Michael Foley and William Mulraney, albeit on opposing sides. It will also examine the wider issues which the people of Edenderry experienced in 1916 including the breakup of the Downshire estate and the devastating breach of the Grand Canal.

Dr Ciaran Reilly, Department of History, Maynooth University.

Photograph courtesy of the South Dublin Libraries


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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