Before 1916: Robert Lynd and Visions of Ireland to Come

May 26 2016 Posted: 13:09 IST


Gender ARC at NUI Galway is pleased to invite you to Before 1916: Robert Lynd and Visions of Ireland to Come – an interdisciplinary conference as part of NUI Galway’s 1916 commemoration programme - A Nation Rising.


Organised by Gender ARC at NUI Galway in association with the Moore Institute, this day-long conference will explore alternative visions of Ireland before the 1916 Rising, as expressed by five “Voices of the New Ireland” selected by the writer and critic Robert Lynd in his book Ireland a Nation (1919). The five well-known voices at the time, chosen by Lynd were Easter Rising leader Patrick Pearse, historian Alice Stopford Green, writer and artist George Russell (AE), essayist, constitutionalist nationalist, and women's rights advocate Tom Kettle, and sculptor and poet Dora Sigerson.


9.00am – 9.30am Registration & Tea/coffee


9.30am – 9.45am Welcome


Mary Harris, Nation Rising Coordinator

Niamh Reilly, Gender ARC, NUI Galway – Overview of Programme


9.45am – 11.00am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 1


Title: “Alice Green, Roger Casement and the politics of Irish history before the Rising”

Speaker: Margaret O’Callaghan, Political Science, Queens University Belfast

Chair: Dan Carey, Moore Institute and English, NUI Galway


11.00am – 11.15am Tea/Coffee break


11.15am – 12.30pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 2


Title: “Patrick Pearse’s Ghost Frequencies”

Speaker: Bryan Fanning, Social Policy, Social Work, and Social Justice, University College Dublin

Chair: Anne Byrne, Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway


Launch of Bryan Fanning's Irish Adventures in Nation-Building (Manchester 2016)  

and "Lynd Exhibit: Writings In The Library", organised by Mary Clancy, researcher and curator and Marie Boran, Special Collections Librarian.



12.30pm – 1.45pm Lunch


1.45pm – 2.30pm MUSIC & PERFORMANCE


Music by: Garry O Briain, Jack Talty, Caitleen Courtney (Musicians) and Alice Hegarty (Singer)

Coordinated by: Mary McPartlan (Director, Arts in Action Programme, NUI Galway)


Dramatic readings by students of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance

Coordinated by: Miriam Haughton, Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway


2.30pm – 3.30pm ROUNDTABLE


Title: Lynd’s “Voices of the new Ireland” – Gender ARC members at NUI Galway discuss interdisciplinary and gender perspectives



Anne Byrne (Political Science and Sociology) on George Russell (AE)

Mary Clancy (Global Women’s Studies/History) on Alice Stopford Green

Miriam Haughton (Drama, Theatre and Performance) on Patrick Pearse

Muireann O’Cinneide (English) on Dora Sigerson

Niamh Reilly (Political Science and Sociology) on Tom Kettle


Chair: Margaret O’Callaghan

Respondents: Margaret O’Callaghan and Bryan Fanning


The conference is free and open to the public but places are limited. The programme will commence at 9.30am and finish at 3.45pm (registration starts at 9.00am). To reserve a place, email Gillian Browne at: or tel. 091 492297.