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The Mainspring of the Rising – Séan MacDiarmada, the IRB’s Full-time Professional Organiser / Tom and Kathleen Clarke: Parents of the Revolution / Thomas Clarke and The Church of Ireland link

16:00 - 18:00

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Four Courts, Court 4

Introduced by Paul Reynolds, Crime Correspondent, RTÉ

The Mainspring of the Rising – Sean MacDiarmada, the IRB’s Full-time Professional Organiser

The late Professor F.X. Martin called MacDiarmada “the mainspring”. The Rising that happened was not the one he planned which was the biggest, best organised and coordinated in Irish History. This talk offers a glimpse of his national plan.

Brian Feeney, Department of History St Mary’s University College Belfast, author 16 Lives: Sean MacDiarmada


Tom and Kathleen Clarke: Parents of the Revolution

Helen Litton, author of 16 Lives: Thomas Clarke


Thomas Clarke and The Church of Ireland link

Frank Ross tells the story of Thomas Clarke, his father’s link to the Church of Ireland and the family’s journey to Britain and South Africa before returning to County Tyrone

Frank & Kate Ross, Relatives to Thomas Clarke


Photograph courtesy of the National Museum 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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