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Dr Sonja Tiernan speaks at Easter Rising commemorative event

Sonja Tiernan Thursday 19 May 2016

Senior Lecturer in Modern History Dr Sonja Tiernan gave an address at an event commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

Held at Lissadell House in Sligo, the three-day conference focused on Ireland’s women: Revolution and remembrance, and brought together specialist historians.  

Dr Tiernan presented an overview of the radical campaigns being carried out by leader of the Rising Constance Markievicz and her sister Eva prior to 1916.

The conference was chaired by journalist and broadcaster Olivia O’Leary and also featured talks on politics, romance, links to the art world, sisterly support, theatre and literature, and death.

Dr Tiernan said: “While women’s participation in Irish politics remains below the European average, the legacy of Markievicz and Gore-Booth is now held as a central inspiration for change.

“By tracking the use of commemorations in Irish history we will gain an insight into the changing position of women in Ireland and establish how women’s contributions were in effect written out of history books, until recently.”

The event drew a large media interest and was discussed on Olivia O’Leary’s radio programme. Listen here

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