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Eoin MacNeill, the Rising and the RIA / The Recent Revolt in Dublin City’: How Ireland’s Lighthouse Service was placed on the 1916 Rising’s front line / Ireland India and Empire: The Reverberations of the 1916 Rising

11:00 - 13:30

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 RIA Lecture Hall

Introduced by David McCullagh, RTÉ

Eoin MacNeill, the Rising and the Royal Irish Academy

In May 1916, the Royal Irish Academy expelled Eoin MacNeill from its membership after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the 1916 Rising. This might suggest that the Academy was an institution of the establishment. However, the Academy played a major role in the preservation and revival of Gaelic culture. The story of MacNeill and the RIA is an indication of the wider impact upon life in Dublin. MacNeill’s membership was reinstated and he was afterwards elected President of the Royal Irish Academy 1940-43

Professor Mary E Daly, President of the Royal Irish Academy


The Recent Revolt in Dublin City’: How Ireland’s Lighthouse Service was placed on the 1916 Rising’s Front Line

Using previously unseen archives, this paper will examine how the Commissioners of Irish Lights – Ireland’s lighthouse service, found themselves inadvertently on the front-line of the 1916 Rising. It looks at how they responded to the fighting in Dublin city, how the fighting affected their staff and how Irish Lights was unexpectedly caught up in the British reaction to the Rising and mopping up operations.

Dr. Michael Kennedy, Executive Editor, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (Royal Irish Academy).


Ireland India and Empire: The Reverberations of the 1916 Rising

A fresh new perspective on the connections between the Easter Rising, and the nationalist movement in India and how each country’s nationalist agitators engaged with each other and exchanged ideas.

Kate O’MalleyAssistant Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy

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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