Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The lecture, "Was it for this?’: How and why do we commemorate the Easter Rising?" was held in Sligo Central Library, Stephen Street, Sligo last night. The main thrust of the lecture was to explore the significance of the Easter Rising and how it outweighed the events of April 1916. It had become a touchstone and a lightning rod in the Irish imagination. Dr. Roisín Higgins explored what we might learn from previous commemorations and asked, as its centenary approaches, how should we remember the Easter Rising?
A large crowd was in attendance to hear Dr. Roisin Higgins discuss this topic & its continued significance in Irish Society. Questions and comments from the floor were discussed afterwards.
The next lecture in the series takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday May 14th and looks at Appentice Boys & the Derry Walls.
Roisín Higgins is the author of Transforming 1916: meaning, memory and the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising and the editor, with Regina Uí Chollatáin of The Life and After-Life of P.H. Pearse/ Pádraic Mac Piarais: Saol agus Oidhreacht.
This project has been funded by the PEACE III Programme through the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund managed for the Special EU programmes Body by Sligo County Council on behalf of Sligo Peace & Reconciliation Partnership Committee.