Posted in May 2015

From Art to Execution

From Art to Execution

In the early hours of 4 May 1916, Willie Pearse and three of his colleagues were executed by firing squad for their part in the Easter Rising. His more famous brother, Patrick, had been executed with two others on the previous day and, in total, sixteen of the rebels met their deaths in the same way. Continue reading

An Irish-Speaking Island

An Irish-Speaking Island

The 19th century is commonly regarded as the century in which the Irish language suffered a calamitous collapse: a century in which it survived on the margins, largely irrelevant in politics, in law, in education. English (it is argued) was the vehicle of modernisation, Irish increasingly the language of the poor, the old, the ragged tellers of ancient stories. Continue reading