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Patrick Pearse – A Political Life / ‘The Social Network: Willie Pearse, the arts and the revolutionary generation’

11:00 - 12:30

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DIT Level 4: Room 4-079

Introduced by Darragh Moloney

Patrick Pearse – A Political Life

This talk will assess the contribution of Pearse to the conception, planning and execution of the 1916 Rising, taking account of his dual role within the Irish Republican Brotherhood and Irish Volunteers.

Ruan O’Donnell, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick


The Social Network:  Willie Pearse, the Arts and the Revolutionary Generation

Many people were taken by surprise at the participation by “gentle” Willie Pearse in the Rising. An artist and an actor and a teacher in his brother Patrick’s school, Willie was the only rebel to plead guilty at his court martial. Using the idea of the social network as an agency for influence, this talk with sounds and images will revisit the worlds of art, theatre and Gaelic revivalism which formed Willie’s identity.

Róisin Ní Ghairbhí, University of Limerick and author of 16 Lives: Willie Pearse



Photograph courtesy of the RTÉ Archives


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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