Trinity College, Robert Emmet Theatre
Introduced by Brian Dowling, RTÉ
Historical, literary and journalistic accounts of the Easter Rising frequently give the impression that the rebellion was a Catholic affair. The strong Catholic faith of many of the leaders, coupled with the high-profile conversion of well-known Protestant rebels while in British custody, has given rise to a belief that republicanism and Catholicism are entwined. However, this belies the substantial involvement by Protestants in Irish advanced nationalism during this era. This lecture will assess the motivation of Protestant republicans, discuss their diverse experiences during Easter Week, and will explore their careers after 1916.
Dr Conor Morrissey, Dept of History, Trinity College Dublin
Photograph courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland