NUIG to host major conference on 1916

Film-maker Neil Jordan, author Pat McCabe, Druid’s Garry Hynes, and renowned BBC journalist Peter Taylor, will discuss the legacy of the 1916 Rising at a major conference in NUI Galway.

The legacy of the 1916 Rising for contemporary Ireland will be discussed and debated at the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies conference in NUIG from Wednesday June 5 to Saturday 8.

Entitled Towards 2016: Old and New Irelands, the conference will also be addressed by Diarmaid Ferriter, professor of Modern Irish History at UCD and Dr Alan Ahearne of NUIG.

Dr Ahearne will consider the relevance today of a central concern of the 1916 Proclamation, Irish sovereignty, given that the largest chunks of economic sovereignty were willingly ceded when the country joined the EEC and especially when it adopted the single currency


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