'We serve neither King nor Kaiser, but Ireland,’ so ran the famous declaration of the Irish Citizen Army, formed by James Connolly, James Larkin, and Jack White, and which took part in the revolutionary events of 1913-23.
A public discussion on the Irish Citizen Army takes place this evening at 8pm, in the Galway Mechanics Institute, Middle Street. The speakers are Dr Conor McNamara, recently-appointed 1916 scholar-in-residence at NUI Galway; Dr Ann Matthews, author of The Irish Citizen Army (2014 ), Dr Leo Keohane, author of a recent biography of Capt Jack White; Prof Gavin Foster of Concordia University in Montreal; and James Curry, a doctoral fellow at NUIG
This is one of the first major public events in NUI Galway’s A Nation Rising: Éire á Múscailt programme. It is organized by the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour & Class a research group based at the university. Admission to the event is free and all are welcome. The audience will be able to ask questions after the speakers have finished.