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Transgressing Gender in 1916: Women and Guns / The Nature of Killing in 1916

13:30 - 15:00

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Trinity College, Máirtín Ó Cadhain Theatre

Introduced by Emma McNamara

Transgressing Gender in 1916: Women and Guns

“It would never occur to them, of course, that there were women soldiers” – Helena Molony

This talk will discuss the manner in which certain women self-consciously constructed themselves as soldiers in the lead up to and during the 1916 rebellion, with a particular focus on Margaret Skinnider and Countess Markievicz.

Dr Leeann Lane, School of History and Geography, DCU, author of Rosamund Jacob: Third Person Singular


The Nature of Killing in 1916

The Rising is perceived as a very different fight to the war of independence and civil war that followed.  It is seen as something nobler, something set apart from the later guerrilla war.  This talk will consider how the nature of violence did and did not change across the 1916 to 1923 period, and will consider how our perceptions of violence shape the way we remember these events.

Dr Anne Dolan, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin’.

Photograph courtesy of the National Library 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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