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Joseph Plunkett and the Cloak of Invisibility: Following Five Plunketts Through the Rising / James Connolly, A Full Life

14:30 - 16:00

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Four Courts, Court 1

Introduced by Robert Shortt, RTÉ

Joseph Plunkett and the Cloak of Invisibility: Following Five Plunketts Through the Rising

Joseph Plunkett, two brothers, two sisters, his father and brother-in-law were all directly connected to the 1916 Rising. This talk looks at how they were involved, and, as a result, some jailed, some deported and one executed in the weeks which followed.

Honor O Brolchain, Grandniece of Joseph Plunkett and author of 16 Lives: Joseph Plunkett and Editor of All in the Blood, from the memoirs of Geraldine Plunkett Dillon.


James Connolly, A Full Life

This talk will trace James Connolly’s incredible journey from the slums of Edinburgh, to Ireland, the United States and back to Ireland, and examine how a self-educated, indigent labourer became one of Ireland’s most well known revolutionaries. The talk will examine Connolly as editor, writer, socialist, agitator, union leader and father.

Lorcan Collins,  Author of 16 Lives: James Connolly


Photograph of James Connolly courtesy of East Wall History Group


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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